hey FL boys- Key West question

Discussion in 'The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan' started by freaking RT, Aug 4, 2006.

  1. freaking RT

    freaking RT will golf for food

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    I've got an itch that needs to be scratched. :lol2

    from here to the Keys is a nice Saddle Sore 1000, itch #1 here to there is 1103 miles

    I just want to go there, itch #2

    so the question is, what day of the week is the best for traffic?? and how's September down there??? :D
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  2. DirtDOG

    DirtDOG Same Dog, New Tricks

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    Last time I went the traffic was so bad that I just flew the next time. You'll love it, the place is full of liberals. :lol3
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  3. PhilSpace

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    I don't live there, but had a contract there for years and used to ride down there. Wed and Thur are the best days that we found for going up and down. We even had a friendly garbage semi with a CB run interference for us with the Monroe Cty Mounties.

    As for heat, it's hot, still coming off the "cam" but there is generally a good breeze and has never felt as hot as Miami or the rest of slab on the way down and back.

    This is also the start of hurricane season, so keep an eye on that. I have enjoyed 60+mph winds and water down there that time of year and it would suck large on a bike.

    Once you hit FLA, I would suggest going around the other side of Lake O and eventually getting to 27/Chrome ave and avoiding I95 and Miami. I really hate I95 in FL.
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  4. Jack Daniel

    Jack Daniel See Ya At The Swamp

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    Friday and Sunday afternoons are the worse. There's a shitload of Miami Yankees that go there on the weekends. :nod

    If you're coming this way let me know. I used to have a house in Big Pine and still have a close friend there that rides a Fatboy. I'd sure like to join you. Let me know :thumb
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  5. PhilSpace

    PhilSpace The Gov Administrator

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    :nod More than liberals. Make sure you stay at the Southern Most and frequent that end of Duval, especially the La Te Da, and don't forget your assless chaps [​IMG]

    EDIT: found the linky for the La Te Da - interesting place Linky

    Of course there are other establishments down there, but most of the female dancers are gay, they were more interested in spacewife than me :dunno
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  6. Jack Daniel

    Jack Daniel See Ya At The Swamp

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    I replaced the sewer on that end of Duval back in '97

    Check out the Scrub Club :thumb where the chicks bathe you :lol3

    Right across the street is Wings; it's a great butterfly garden.

    I'm gonna make a run down there to pick-up some lobster in September. I might as well ride the Wing and pull a cooler behind me. :freaky
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  7. freaking RT

    freaking RT will golf for food

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    Wednesday and Thursday---check


    Thanks for the offer, Jack. I have friends on a boat on Marathon, so I'll be using them as the end witness.

    I'll keep you posted on the dates, You can hook up that trailer and join in :lol2

    There's not going to be time to hang out down there. It's a dash down and back for a photo op :D bring on the Red Bull :lol2

    maybe I'll stop at the golf hall of fame coming home :D
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  8. beemerphile

    beemerphile Long timer

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    I found riding west towards Key West in the late afternoon to be a pain because the low sun was an eyeball-buster. Maybe you aren't as sensitive to it as I am. Same of riding out in the morning. If I were doing a timed IBA run, I'd leave from Key West sufficiently early in the morning to ride the 130 miles to Homestead before sunrise. Pretty well guarantees low traffic as well. Puts you through Miami in time to enjoy the morning rush hour, so a Saturday or Sunday trip would be less traumatic as the godless masses are still hung over at (somebody's) home and the work-a-day lumpen are rubbing their eyes and just waking up to weekend coffee.

    Oh and if you drop your motel key in KW, kick it back to the room and back up to a wall before you bend over to pick it up.
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  9. rob23

    rob23 on the pipe

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    I've been to Keys several times and it's really nice. It is very very hot, in August when I went iit was 110 and humid. I suggest stopping at the various keys along the way. There's a state park on one of the keys that has nice natural beaches. Rent a jet ski and check out the Gulf side. Stop at Robby's and feed the tarpins (gulf side). Go snorkeling in Key West, the reefs out there are really cool. Check out the Hemming Way house and light house. There's a nice beach on the the east side. Get really drunk and find a hotel because there are lots and lots of DWI check points on the ride home and watch your speed, tons of LEOS.

    have fun and take some great pics.
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  10. HTSRocker

    HTSRocker odd one

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    and when your done with all of that shit, head up and over to Tallahassee for a drink...and maybe some food and a chance to get your head back together :1drink or just get a different view on the way back.
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  11. philp38

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    The wife and I stayed at the Wicker house on Duvall street. We had a great time. The Wicker house was the best around and the cheapest. La Te Da my wife surprised me with tickets to see the cher look alikes. I would say the best way to describe Key West is anything goes. We had a ball just sitting on Duval street drinking and watching some very interesting people.....Oh Yeah about that itch you got ....I would think you could get that taken care of at the La Te Da or the Scrub Club also...heheheheh
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    Now thats some honest shit right there. If you are not up against a wall you better have a tattoo on your ass that says exit only..............
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  13. PhilSpace

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    Damn that's my favorite time. I got a gorgeous shot of the sunset from the 7mi bridge. I just wear sunglasses under a tinted visor.
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    It's the heart of hurricane season.
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    :205 :ksteve
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  16. Jabba

    Jabba "HOLD THE LIGHT!!!"

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    If you take the FL turnpike you can avoid Miamah all together....and it's a much better ride. You can pick it up in Jupiter off of I95 without losing any time at all. The two converge right there. That's the route I always used when I worked down there. Not too bad in the summer- unless there's an accident on A1A- then you're whole Ironbutt deal is screwed and there's not shit you can do about it. Happens more often than you'd think.

    Remember the mantra in florida- bluehairs arrive at THANKSgiving (accent on the THANKS, suthern style) and leave around Easter~ the rest of the year is "normal". If you hit it when there's a NW wind, you'll find more mosquitos than you care to deal with- blow right across the sound from the Everglades at that time of year- and lemme tell ya, they're motherfuckers.

    If you can hold out 'till spring, you can stay at my place.....:augie
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  17. rider1150gsadv

    rider1150gsadv € Fl Keys Fishing Guide €

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    Sept/October is the better time traffic wise. The trick is to avoid Miami :puke1 at all cost and the turnpike is the way to go. The Keys are slow through the middle of October so you can make decent time. The big traffic speed trap is on Big Pine Key, because of the inbred Key Deer we have living there. Some dipshit thought they were 'special' and so they became a protected species with more civil rights than people. :puke1 :puke1
    Nicer entry to the Keys is to take Card Sound Road over the toll bridge ($1) avoiding the construction zone. You'll see the turn off on your left in Florida City.There is serious construction at the end of the 18 mile stretch as we are getting a huge bridge as the draw bridge will be removed. The speed limit is 35 MPH and the FHP loves writing tickets there. Usually 3-4 cages nabbed at the same time!!:lol3
    Hope it helps.
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  18. creola

    creola Been here awhile

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    Stay in Marathon at the Holiday Inn, eat at the seafood place across the street, ride to KW the next day in an hour. Rode down on Tuesday and stayed about an hour. Just wanted another photo.

    I used to live there in the '60s, then Miami. The place stinks now, literally
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  19. freaking RT

    freaking RT will golf for food

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    your glass is half empty isn't it :lol2
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  20. freaking RT

    freaking RT will golf for food

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    went out for a pack of smokes Saturday and ended up on the BRP :lol2 before the SS1000, I need more saddle time. I also found out the boat people in Marathon turned land lubber near Vero Beach. :lol2 So I need to work on the end witness thing.
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