Several weeks ago I met Ken Poindexter and Wendy Broughman in Mallory Square while they posed for a picture in front of the “Mary” (replica 1850’s wrecking vessel). What caught my attention was their recumbent bikes. We started talking about some of the differences between the recumbent and traditional bikes. This conversation was most interesting to me as I have considered riding a recumbent myself and do hope to add one to my collection in the future.
As our conversation continued they told me they were visiting from North Carolina for 9 days and had been cycling the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail and All American Road! Everyday they rode between 40 and 50 mile sections enjoying scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Only in the Florida Keys can you see both bodies of water at the same time. We are so very lucky! One of the highlights of their trip was the 7 Mile Bridge. They even rode it twice. Ken and Wendy used the trail as much as possible and particularly enjoyed riding on the old bridges. The bridges, of course are the original ones built for Henry Flager’s Overseas Railroad in the early 19oo’s.
It was a pleasure to meet Ken and Wendy. I am glad they enjoyed themselves and who knows, maybe next time I’ll be able to join them on their next cycling trip in the Conch Republic.
I am sure all of the participants enjoyed the day and I believe I speak for most when I say, we look forward to the next event!
That means anyone relying on a bike to get around after riding into town on the shuttle will be able to bring their alternative transportation on board. Especially appreciated during alternative transporatation month in the Florida Keys. In the past, riders have vied for the two spots available on the racks in front of the bus. Due to the inability to accomodate more than two bikes it was decided that no bikes were to be allowed on the shuttle. This new solution means that anyone willing to share their leg space with their folding bike will be able to bring it along.
Now that this current option has been made available for shuttle riders, make sure to shop around town at the local bike shops, as well as West Marine . These foldable bikes are very popular with boaters and they have some in the window. I know I have seen tons of them around town and have even considered purchasing one myself. Hopefully, it won’t to be long before another system is available that allows full size bikes on the shuttles.
As an update to this post, I found this really cool foldable bike at the Birkenstock of Key West store on Duval Street. Not sure of the price, sure it is quite easy to transport though.
DEP TO HOST PUBLIC MEETING REGARDING THE
— Attendees will be updated on the developing trail—
SUGARLOAF KEY– The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Office of Greenways & Trails (OGT) will host a public meeting on Thursday, February 18, 2010 to share information regarding the development of the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail (FKOHT) and area historic bridges that are also managed by OGT. Topics to be discussed during the public meeting will include general operations, construction projects, volunteer opportunities, public outreach, recreational activities and the recent federal “All-American Road” designation for neighboring U. S. Highway 1 and corridor.
The FKOHT is a multi-use bicycle and pedestrian facility currently under design and construction by OGT. When completed, the trail will provide a scenic corridor extending from Key Largo to Key West that will serve not only as a highway, but as a recreational greenway for hiking, running, bicycling, in-line skating, sightseeing, fishing and kayaking.
For more information, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt.
The public meeting will take place:
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Sugarloaf School – Cafeteria
255 Crane Boulevard
Sugarloaf Key, FL
CONTACT: Cristina Lindley, (305) 293-7658 or (305) 853-3571
Marguerite Jordan, (850) 245-2112 or (850) 528-8206 (cell)
Last week on Tuesday, December 1, I met Matthew Warrick on one of the bike paths in Key West, Fl. He had just finished a two month cycling adventure covering over 3600 miles! Matthew was one of Three Riders, biking coast to coast to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. See the following link for donation information. Matthew had only been in town for several hours when we began talking about the trip. Some details are as follows. Matthew and his fellow riders rode six days a week, averaging 15mph, while encountering twenty or so different cyclists on their own journeys.
The bike that Matthew rode weighed in at fifty pounds when you add the gear carried in the panniers. As you can tell from the picture, Matthew packed as few bags as possible. When asked if he would do the ride again, Matthew replied “yes, especially on a trip overseas”.
On a side note, Matthew was the first person I have interviewed since starting this site. I am looking forward to meeting many more cyclists who make their down the only “All American Road” in Florida, the 106.5 miles of US 1 in the Florida Keys. Until next time, ride safe.
A celebration is in order, as the section of US 1 in the Florida Keys has been selected a scenic highway– the first and only such designation in the State of Florida. I cannot tell you how many times I have driven this beautiful stretch of road, though I will tell you that I have enjoyed the drive everytime. Imagine if you would- a 106.5 mile section of US 1 traversing 42 bridges; the longest of which is 7 miles, the shortest is the Harris Gap at only 37 feet. On one side of the road the Atlantic Ocean, on the other, the Gulf of Mexico. Surrounded by wildlife and breath-taking views, travel on this highway is certainly an experience a visitor to the Florida Keys should not miss!
I have cycled the entire distance once, last year as a participant in the SMARTRIDE. A 165 mile bike ride from Miami, Fl. to Key West, Fl., which generates both awareness and money for multiple AIDS Awareness programs in South Florida. For those who may be interested, the SMARTRIDE is coming up in January 2010 and participants are still able to signup.
For more details about the Florida Keys Scenic Highway go to http://www.scenichighwayflkeys.com/. Til next time, ride safe and drink lots of water!