East Coast Bike Tour Day 3

Day 3 – Marathon to Key Largo, FL

Today was officially the most miles I have ridden, including my “training”. I felt great though! I was able to get a good amount of sleep at the hotel and fill my belly with some good grub for free. Some things I am thankful for today:

  1. Ice for my water
  2. Free breakfast with actually good food
  3. Trees for shade
  4. Drinking cold beer in air conditioned tasting rooms

During my ride, I only stopped a couple times and that was because the UV index was at 11 and I needed to reapply some sunscreen and because there were two breweries on my route.

First brewery stop at Florida Keys Brewing Co

First brewery stop was at Florida Keys Brewing Co. Had my traditional flight of beers so I could try out a few of them and it’s hard to say whether they were really good or if I had just rode my bike 30 miles. I am going to say they were pretty tasty as I met 2 guys from South Carolina who enjoyed their flights just as much and bought some to go beers as well.

Florida Keys Brewing Co

Met up with those same guys at the next brewery a mile down the rode: Islamorado Beer Co. Had another flight here and enjoyed the beer and company just as much as the previous stop.

Islamorada Beer Co

As I researched food to carry and eat during a bike tour, Cheese came up quite often. Now I have always refrigerated my cheese which I found out is correct and needed except for aged cheese which can be left out. So I bought some aged cheddar and had that and some salami the other night. What I am unsure of is how long the cheese and salami are going to be good for, because they were definitely baking in the heat. I ate some more of the salami last night and have not died yet, so that’s good, but threw away the remainder of them this morning. Any insight on how long you can go after opening aged cheese and salami?

The final thing I am grateful for today was a message from my pastor back home with a great bible verse that I feel like is going to be a constant verse for my trip. It comes from Psalms 23:3 – “He refreshed my soul. He guides me along the right path for His name’s sake.” For all the prayer warriors out there, tomorrow is an even longer day at around 67 miles. Pray for a tail wind!


  • 49.94 miles rode
  • 4 hours 4 minutes riding
  • elevation gain of 45 ft


  • Coconut Cay Resort and Marina
  • Key Largo Kampground & Marina


6 Comments on “East Coast Bike Tour Day 3”

  1. Idk how long the cheese and salami are good for but I know Iā€™m sure glad you are still alive. Also you have a lucky wife because dang you cute!

  2. Glad to see you stopped at those Islamorada breweries. I’d have gambled on the cheese and the salami for a few days, even if they were leaking grease all over, but discretion is better than throwing up. That’s not a Bible verse, but probably a good idea.
    Best of luck tomorrow!

    • Ha! I love it! I ate a bit of the salami and I don’t feel bad so I guess I can push it longer on the next batch. Thanks!

  3. Sounds like a great day! I did a Ragnar running race down in the Keys a few years ago so I know how brutal that sun can be. But looks like you’re staying well hydrated. šŸ™‚
    Are you on a bike path or on the road with cars? I’d love to know more about your route.
    Good luck on tomorrow’s longer ride!

    • The sun is brutal down in the keys! I have been riding on both. I plan to write on riding in the keys as a whole soon now that I have finished there. More to come!

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