First, let me thank everyone coming back to check out my rides.

After the Okeechobee trip I wanted to do something a little more interesting so Key West sounded like a good idea. The trip should be around an 800 mile or 1300 km with some of the best scenery in Florida.

The ride today was great, flat land and a gentle tail wind all day. Heading south on A-1-A once you get out of The greater Melbourne area there are great bike paths all the way to Ft. Pierce. There are good bike lanes or if you prefer a wide sidewalk that everyone but me rides on. I stopped at a store where another biker caught up with me and asked why I didn’t ride the sidewalk. My two word answer was “expansion joints”. I run 100 psi tires and even with suspension the bumps are annoying.

Interesting points today included crossing the Sebestian Inlet bridge which was under construction and down to one lane. The flag men were nice and the cars behind me were friendly. I also had to stop at a draw bridge. Cars were backed up close to half a mile but the bike lane was empty and I glided right up to the bridge.

I also passed the point where Jaun Ponce de Leon first set foot in America to start his quest for the fountain of youth. Further down the road is the National Seal UDT museum both of these were on the other side of the road so I’ll visit them on the trip back.

 

Me starting off this morning notice the new Ortlieb bags which are about half the weight of the Arkel’s they replaced. Because the wind was behind me all day I can’t be sure if the Windwrap fairing is useful or five pounds of dead weight. Either way it looks cool.

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This is the view from the Sebastian bridge.

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The sign says it all.

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The draw bridge.

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A strange bridge without any other way across. I had about six inches on each side.

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