The Florida Keys
You are going to love the Florida Keys, they said. You will enjoy the hot weather, they said. You will love those great beaches, they said.
So I got up early and left Orlando for a long run down the length of Florida with visions of white beaches and lazy afternoons.
The Keys are as far south as you can go in Mainland USA, and as far south as the Globetrotter bike is going to make it on this adventure.
To give you an idea of how far south this is, The Florida Keys are at the same latitude as The Western Sahara Desert, Egypt and Saudi Arabia-yep that far south.
The signs were getting ominous when I passed Miami and continued south to the Keys. The dark grey clouds started to look angry, the cars coming the other direction had their wipers and headlights on, and that’s never a good sign.
As I hit the first bridge that marks the beginning of the 200 km long stretch of islands, the heavens opened.
When it rains here, it really rains. Have you ever had one of those days when you get so wet that after about an hour you just can’t get any wetter. When everything you’re wearing is soaked?
For the next 150kms the rain continued-hard. All your energy goes into keeping you from getting blown off the road, thanks to the strong side winds. So much for enjoying the view.
All of which is character building-so they say. I thought I had enough character.
It does make you appreciate a hot shower at the end of the day.
I am ever the optimist ( I think most bike riders are) so I am hoping the return trip tomorrow will be bright and sunny and prefect.
Tomorrow is another day. Tomorrow it’s time to head North.