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Key West – Tourist Day 1

Hank – We checked out of the Navy Lodge at checkout time, 12:00 noon, and set up out tent at our assigned campsite. We picked up a few items at the store and then went to the tour and ticket office where we picked up discounted tickets for a sunset dinner cruise, a couple of museums, and a parasailing adventure. The cruise is tomorrow night and the parasailing is Friday morning.

We rode our bikes into town, first stopping by the Mellow Cafe for a late lunch. Once our bellies we’re satisfied we randomly cruised around Key West just to get the lay of the land.

One of the museums we went to was the Shipwreck Museum. I was disappointed by it. Maybe I expected too much but it seemed to be more of a tourist trap than a museum. As a consequence my disappointment affected my attitude towards every other place. We swung by the Truman White House too late to get in so we’ll see it tomorrow. We rode down to the southernmost buoy again and took our pictures–again. Then we headed to Hidd’s Beach and rode out to the end of the pier to watch the sunset. Unfortunately, a bank of clouds was above the horizon so that didn’t pan our for us. We went back to the historic part of town and found a bar where we could sit outside and keep an eye on our bikes. A stiff drink–three pours of Jack Daniels and a little Coke for color–helped me feel better. I had to go easy on that one.

The evening changed more for the better when we met up with Richard and his hostel roommate, Will Roberts. We had drinks and dinner at Harpoon Harry’s, which is away from the more raucous bars, and had a great time hanging out together. Will is from North Topsail, NC. He’s a pilot and a musician. He’s trying to get into the Key West music scene so he can earn enough to spend the winter months here. He’s a quick witted and laid back guy. We’re going to get together tomorrow evening after Kathy and I return from the sunset dinner boat ride and maybe play some music at the hostel. That should be fun.

When it came time to call it a night, Kathy and I rode back to the campground. A steady wind is blowing which should keep the no see’ums at bay. I certainly hope so. My legs are all chewed up.

Kathy – Today we rode 18 miles traveling about and exploring Key West. It was a good day. I can’t say much more than Hank already described. We are enjoying seeing all the sights and meeting more wonderful people. It’s pretty sweet riding all over on the bikes. And, there are bikes everywhere down here! It is a very bike friendly city.

We like seeing all the roosters (and chickens) as they walk about in the streets throughout town. The crowing roosters are a common sound down here.

The weather was beautiful and our conversations were great. All in all an pretty sweet day off of riding. ☀️🌴☀️🌴☀️

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