Cycling the Florida Keys

While there wasn’t any snow to escape from in New Jersey,  a February mini-vacation cycling the Florida Keys warmed unused muscles, anticipating spring riding.

Key Largo Bikes arranged the luggage transfers and suggested the hotels. (We broke the trip in half).  The cue sheet is quite simple: it’s a straight, flat 106 –miles on US Route 1 from Key Largo to Key West.  Paved bike paths cover about 70 miles of the route; wide shoulders accommodate cyclists where the path is under construction.  You cross many bridges, including the Seven-Mile Bridge linking Marathon, in the Middle Keys to Little Duck Key in the Lower Keys.  Remnants of the original railroad bridge parallels the bridge now shared by cars and cyclists.

Blazing sun and palm trees,  clear and temperate water, swooping pelicans and sunbathing iguanas, minty mojitos, alligator tenders (taste like chicken), conch fritters, grilled mahi-mahi, and Key Lime pie. Delightful. 

Key West Bikes


About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. ( I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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5 Responses to Cycling the Florida Keys

  1. SMB says:

    Wow, the ideal holiday … good food, exercise, great scenery!


  2. What a beautiful area. Great mid-winter break.


  3. Knitn' Green says:

    Love your pictures, makes me want to escape and try the cycling route too!


  4. Pat Skene says:

    Been there, done that…wish I was still young enough to do it again. I enjoy your blog.


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