First Annual Over-Sea Cycle 100

This Saturday, January 21, 2012 is the First Annual Over-Sea Cycle 100.  This ride, from Mile Marker 100 in Key Largo to Mile Marker Zero in Key West, will commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the first arrival of Flagler’s Over-Sea Railroad.  The entire Florida Keys is celebrating this weekend, what was once considered the “Eighth Wonder of the World”.  We will stop by many of the roadside attractions for plenty of photo ops and the occasional historic presentation.

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Wounded Warrior Project – Red, White and Blue Ride

For information and advance registration for the Wounded Warrior Project Ride in Key West, Fl on Saturday, January 14, 2011 visit www.soldierride.org.  Be sure to click on the ride links.  The ride in Key West is titled – Red, White & Blue and will depart the Truman Waterfront in Key West, Fl at 1:00pm.  To view the route click on this link.  Please come out in support of our Wounded Warriors.

Key West’s 3rd Annual Bike Parade

Come out and join hundreds of cyclist’s on Sunday, April 10, 2011 for a Rock n Roll themed Zombie Ride on the street’s of Key West, Fl.  The parade, which departs from ReCycle Bike Shop at noon on the 10th (show up early!), should prove to be a can’t miss for anyone who rides a bike.  With stops along the way at Salute, the Green Parrot Bar and Daunte’s, there will be plenty of time to check out the best themed bike(s) and costumed riders.  For more information, click here.

Key West Holiday Lighted Bicycle Tour

Calling all BIKES, Calling all BIKES!  Come join the Bicycle Action Committee and the NEW Key West Bicycle Association on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 for the Holiday Lighted Bicycle Tour.  The tour will depart from Bayview Park at 6:30pm.  Check-in begins at 6:00pm.  This, free event, is open to all bicycle riders~ locals, snow-birds, vacationers and anyone else on a bicycle!  Click on link below for more information.

KWBA 2010 Lighted Bicycle Tour 

In case you are unable to find lights for your bike and wondered how to put Christmas lights on a bike, I found this website with a great explanation of how to  do just that.  Think I will try it next year.

Giant 7′ Key Lime Pie

As part of the 28th Annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration, a Giant 7′ Key Lime Pie was baked to benefit the Key West Historic Memorial Sculpture Garden and Military Memorial in Mallory Square.   Supplying an estimated 750 slices, the pie was made with over 1200 key limes, 20 pounds of sugar, ninety 14 oz cans of condensed milk, and 1300 eggs.  This was certainly a pie for the record books.

That's Bob Bernreuter with the chef's hat.

Bob Bernreuter, pictured above with the Chef’s hat, baked one of these pies in 1984 for a “Conch Day Event” at our State’s Capitol in Tallahassee, Fl.  Click on the link below for a newspaper article on the event – 

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1356&dat=19840524&id=IR8VAAAAIBAJ&sjid=RAYEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5839,5407425

I enjoyed one of those estimated 750 pieces and it would appear that 749 other people did as well.  When I went back for a second piece an hour later the baking pan was empty! 

Empty 7' Key Lime Pie baking pan

Check out the Photo Gallery for more pictures from the event.  Below is a little legislative jargin regarding my favorite dessert, Key Lime Pie and its importance to Key West and the State of Florida.

In 1965, Florida State Representative Bernie Papy, Jr. introduced legislation calling for a $100 fine to be levied against anyone advertising key lime pie that is not made with key limes. The bill did not pass.

In 1994, the State Legislature officially recognized Key lime pie as an important symbol of Florida. The road to becoming the official state pie, was not an easy one. Since the 1980s, North Florida lawmakers have debated that a pie made of pecans, grown in Florida, would better reflect the state’s history. House Bill 453 and Senate Bill 676 of the Florida Legislature’s Regular 2006 Session made the Key Lime Pie the official Florida state pie as of July 1, 2006.

“World’s Longest Parade”

We are 7 days into the 28th Annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration down here in Key West, Fl.  One of today’s featured events, the “World’s Longest Parade” just made its way down Duval Street, onwards to the Schooner Wharf Bar.  One of Duval Street’s claim to fames is that Robert Ripley of Ripley’s Believe It or Not, said that Duval Street is the longest street in the world because it runs from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean.  This 14 block street is just under 2 miles, but who is counting!

The parade started at 8pm and moved at a snails pace, no pun intended.  We finally arrived at the Schooner Wharf Bar shortly after 9pm.  I joined in the bicycle section of the parade with about 50 to 75 other cyclists.  It was quite an eclectic group of riders and bikes (check out the Photo Gallery).

"World's longest Parade"

Kudo’s to the folks from Eaton Bikes for supplying all sorts of goodies for the cyclists to give out during the parade and to ChillWill for keeping the tunes flowing!  Make sure to check back for more updates on the Independence Celebration and for pictures from tomorrow’s key events, the Giant 7 foot Key Lime Pie in Mallory Square to benefit the Key West Sculpture Garden followed by my favorite event the “Bloody Battle”.  You’ll have to check back to see who wins! 

 

How to play a Conch Shell

Thank you to everyone for the massive response after my success at the Conch Shell Blowing Contest.  Due to the number of requests, I am preparing a short tutorial video on “How to play a Conch Shell”.  This will be up shortly.  Until then, check out some links from national media coverage of the 48th Annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest. 

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Calgary Herald

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