Day 9. Saturday, April 29 – Marathon Key to Key Largo, Florida

Saturday 29 April 2017

The wind was HOWLING as we stepped out into the dark morning.  A few blocks pedal for breakfast and on the road before 6:30, barely noticing the warm humid morning for the 20 mph wind.  The full frontal wind assault was especially brutal on the bridges, where we fought for every pedal stroke just to maintain 6 mph and that is on a flat bridge.  Needless to say, we stopped often and took advantage of every bike path and the shade it offered.  We were surprised by how little traffic we encountered on the highway beside us, but by 11:00 a.m. it was bumper to bumper heading south.

Only one high rise bridge today, but it was exceptionally difficult; we had to pedal hard on the downhill and still could not get into double digits on the odometer.  Fortunately, it was only one mile long, though it still took us 15 minutes to pedal.  But the views, amazing.  Once off the bridges, the sea grapes and mangroves along the bike trail did offer some protection from the wind.  By ten, we had managed 32 miles, so stopped for an early lunch and a break from the wind.  The marina beside the restaurant had a lot of locals hanging around. Once again the water was spectacular and the local scenery colorful.  So was this little guy that we found along the road.

It was a hard fought 54 miles in almost five and a half hours today, so we found it only fitting to gorge on pasta.  A perfect find was two blocks down the road; a huge bowl of meat sauce and Chicken, Artichokes and Spinach in a Gorgonzola Sauce…..OMG!  We waddled back to the room and fell asleep listening to Jimmy Buffet.

4 Responses to “Day 9. Saturday, April 29 – Marathon Key to Key Largo, Florida”

  1. Don Says:

    The contrasting of the water color is fascinating. Sorry you had all the wind in your face, but it’s good you started out early. Sleep well and we’ll catch you tomorrow.

  2. Justin Says:

    If the wind keeps up, you may just want to go divinv in Key Largo!

  3. Bobby Says:

    I declare the Tour De Mucus over, it has dried up. Jerry’s Flu is gone, Lori’s Bronchitis and Ear Infection has been drugged into submission, and I am retiring to more allergy shots. Physically they should recover quickly from towing me along, however, I fear the mental impact will require treatment.

    The Tour De Bocrie is now back on track.

    Be safe and thanks once again.

    Fair winds on the road of life.

  4. Jerry & Lori Says:

    Mental Impact, indeed….we will Never be the same :-).

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