Riding the Keys

The road over the Keys, back to the mainland, is over 100 miles long……and there is no other road…..the US1 is known as the Overseas Highway because a large percentage of its length is suspended above water. Some 45 bridges link one Key to the next, sometimes running alongside the remains of the old railway line


that was built by Flagler early in the 20th century. As I write this, I am cooling down from the unforgettable experience of crossing the iconic 7 mile bridge


that stretches out before you to infinty


The doom mongers warned me of the dangers of riding this route through the Keys but, as someone who is well used to always sharing the same lanes as traffic in the UK, to ride a highway on a segregated cycle lane is a luxury


Even though US roads are always awash with traffic, the cycle lane on the shoulder makes cycling over here a relatively safe experience (and I know many will not agree with me). And when the lane disappears, usually in urban areas, you simply use the sidewalk.

On a separate topic, my daughter, Rachael, who is a personal trainer, sings the praises of coconut water as a natural rehydrating drink.


I’m now a convert. Here in the US, it is available in most stores and, better than all the chemically enhanced sports drinks, this replaces essential minerals and elements…..and it is delicious! Cheers!

About Frank Burns

My journeys around the world are less about riding a bicycle, and more about what happens when I get off the bicycle. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on February 21, 2014, in Cycling Florida and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Wow, what an awesome view for the ride. I must say I am slightly jealous. Not only am I jealous of the view, I am also jealous of the bike lanes. I am originally from the UK too (Brighton) and it was relatively bike friendly, but here in Oklahoma……not so much, in fact I am pretty sure that it says we are cannon fodder in state legislature, LOL. Looking forward to reading more.

    All the best,
    Brett Day


  2. Thanks Brett. I do understand that not all states have the same provision. But all (negatives) things considered, riding conditions are pretty good in Florida.


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