Sunday, February 26, 2012

Biking Key West

Key West is the final of a series of keys (islands) that extend in a comma shape from the Florida peninsula south of Miami and Homestead, a drive of 150 miles in order to reach Key West.  Key West is at the left of this map (click to enlarge)...




A bike ride around the perimeter of the island is 11 miles or so, part of which is along the seawall that follows Route A1A or S. Roosevelt Blvd. seen below...





A bit farther and you'll find lovely beaches occupying the land between the road and ocean...






When you reach the downtown area, find South Street and Whitehead and you'll find this buoy denoting the "Southernmost Point in the Continental USA."  You may have to wait in line to take photos of your party in front of the buoy, since this is a popular tourist sight.



If you then can find the Truman Pier, you'll find the historic Coast Guard cutter Ingham, the most decorated cutter in Coast Guard history, serving both in WWII and the Vietnam War, in addition to years of  service in the US. It has been open to visitors as a Maritime Memorial Museum in Key West since 2009.




Biking is the best way to get around this tourist mecca, often beleaguered by excessive automobile traffic.  And parking a car is another often Herculean feat, as well as an expensive one.  But a bike gets you everywhere in town and reduces the hassles of driving, and is especially effective in the congested downtown area.

Here's a final shot as I completed the loop of the town following US 1 here...

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