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Published: January 31st 2005
January 25, Monday
“ALL KNOW THE WAY.
FEW ACTUALLY WALK IT”.
. Our first stop was a bike shop to get Bob’s tire repaired and then on to an internet cafe to update the Travelblog. We traveled down Highway #1 to
Bahia Honda State Park. This is a coveted campground on the beach. In 1992 it was voted one of the best beaches in the USA visit Dr Beach
to see the list and how he rates beaches. But about five years ago a hurricane changed all that. It is still a very beautiful place to visit. It is one of the many state parks in Florida, and this state has a great park system. Several parks we stayed at were voted BEST STATE PARK. We walked along the beach, had lunch and moved on to Boyd Campground
at mm 5 in Key West. It is a very nice campground/resort. Our site 20 was located on a pier with a lovely view and lots of pelicans.
We got our bikes ready and pedaled to downtown Key West, about 5 miles. We stopped at Mallory Square and began to gather information about how to structure our trip to the Dry Tortugas. We biked back to Boyd for a
Yo can see the new and old bridge There are lot of them in the Keys
“hot dog” cookout, compliments of the campground. Well we had the opportunity to meet folks at the campground, and Bob found a fisherman,Rob, that invited us to go with him on his fishing boat Wednesday.
January 25, Tuesday.
After the necessary organizational chores, we began our bike ride back to downtown Key West. Our first stop was for a fishing license, and then on to organize a parking place for the Bothan and our arrangements for the Ferry to the Dry Tortugas. We plan to camp out on the island, so it takes some doing. It seems it is about a 2½ hours to travel to Fort Jefferson on the Dry Tortugas, dry because there is no fresh water, and Tortugas because of the turtles. We have everything in order, but will need to plan our camping equipment, food and most important water. At least this time we don’t have to backpack everything, the ferry will do the heavy lifting! The ferry, the Yankee Freedom, only makes one trip per day we will leave at 7:30AM, tour the fort do some snorkeling and then leave the group to set up camp. The other tourists will go back
by boat but we will set up camp and sleep in our tent on the beach. The ferry comes back mid-day on Friday and we return to Key West at about 5PM Friday, I hope! That is the plan?
The rest of the day we walked around Key West, and up Duvall Street with all the shops and tourist stuff. We had a disappointing lunch at Jimmy Buffett’s, “Margaritaville Café”.
We did some biking and lots of walking. We accomplished a lot and began our bike ride “home” when we spotted “Finnegan’s Wake” and just had to stop in the pub.
It is time for a shower, dinner and some rest.
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