East Coast Bike Tour Day 4

Day 4 – Key Largo to Miami Beach, FL

I was joking with a buddy last night that it would be nice if God turned on the AC down here without making it rain also. This morning was His gift to me. The first 25 miles, along the long and boring stretch of US 1, it was overcast and cooler than the previous riding days. I didn’t have to wipe the sweat off my face every 5 minutes.

While it was a longer day of riding, the overcast weather definitely helped out. I didn’t get the tail wind I was hoping for, but I guess I didn’t need it!

Today I rode from Key Largo to Miami Beach. A good 67 miles for my new record. Surprisingly, for not sleeping well again, I did and felt great through to the end of the ride.

On the side of US 1 looking back at Key Largo

Last night at my campsite, I got eaten alive by bugs. I left my clothes out to dry on a make-shift clothesline with my bungee cords, the fence, and a little tree growing out of a boulder. It did it’s purpose until I woke up at 1am to lots of wind and some light rain. I had left my rain cover off my tent so I could get some air flow to cool myself down.

Tent site in Key Largo

I now had to rush out of my tent, put on the rain cover and pick up my clothes that the wind had scattered, all while wearing just my underwear. The bugs loved it, and I felt it the rest of the night and this morning.

Shout out to my momma and aunt Cid for sending me off with some Chick-fil-A cards! One came in handy today and it was a delicious bite almost 50 miles into the day.

Next came the brewpub. Right down the road from Chick-fil-A, was Titanic restaurant and Brewery. It had a fun boat like feel inside, but I wasn’t too impressed by their beers or anything else.

Titanic Restaurant and Brewery

Once I got into Miami, I pulled over to get a picture of the river and the scenery when a guy came up to me and started asking about my ride. Turns out, this guy, Antony, walked from Washington State to Miami Florida! He said it took him about 10.5 months. And I thought I was crazy for riding my bicycle to Canada. We shared stories and goals and places he wants to travel next and was cool getting to talk with him.

Cheesin’ after finding my first East Coast Greenway sign

I am staying at a party hostel called the Rock Hostel and met a quirky old man who when I asked where he was from responded with, “I’m from the land of love, free spirits, and humor”. I still have no idea where he is from, but I’m guessing somewhere in Europe. Weird, but nice guy – he even showed me his yodeling. Ha! Hostels never disappoint. Hopefully tonight’s sleep on the bed doesn’t disappoint either.

Stats:

  • 67.4 miles
  • 5 hours 35 minutes riding

Accommodation:

  • Key Largo Campground and Marina
  • Rock Hostel

Breweries

2 Comments on “East Coast Bike Tour Day 4”

  1. It’s *Antony, we met earlier. Just checking out your site, it was nice talking to you! I had to say something, I know a man on an adventure when I see one.
    Crazy you’ve been all around the world, I envy that. It’s nice that you’re still at the beginning; your whole trip is still ahead of you!
    Be careful on the bike! (Needless to say).

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4oqogwCwXeditQ24QXJzCQ

    In case you don’t believe me!

    • Thanks for the spelling check there. It was great meeting you as well! Hope you get out to Colombia soon! Keep in touch, I’m sure you’ll have even more stories to come.

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