USA 4 Corners Tour Daily Trip Report - 8/10/05

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Ocala, FL
to Key West, FL
to Marathon, FL

634 miles / 10 hours, 14 Minutes

I changed the motor oil & filter first thing in the morning. I still got off to a good early start and was on the road before sunrise. Then I got trapped in some rush hour traffic in Tampa, so I stopped and stopped to get some breakfast there. Sometimes the traffic is better after you finish breakfast, but not this time.

I traveled to 4 different visitor centers in The Everglades, trying to find an award winning iron fence that my brother in law helped build. Never could find the damn fence, but near the Everglades are very scenic areas with rest stops that were usually vacant, due to the mosquitoes. Florida has gotten a lot of rain this year and it was absolutely the worst state that I visited for mosquitoes. There was an eye opener of a road sign too, near the Everglades – Beware of Alligators.

I started riding towards Key West, which is a major event, because it is the 2nd corner of the 4 corners tour. The road is pretty slow and runs at about 40 miles per hour. The road to Key West is a narrow 2 lane road with lots of stores and frequent views of the ocean. The surprising thing is that the water is so still. There are no waves crashing against the shoreline. Also Key West is filled with people riding little scooters, which work perfectly there. Motorcyclists will often wave to each other, but these scooters were having none of it. No return waves and they looked at me like I was a nut when I waved towards them. Oh well, it was funny all the same.

The rooms at Key West were a little pricey for my blood, as I rarely pay more than $100.00 for a nights stay. When riding longs days like this, I am too tired to enjoy a fancy room enough to pay for expensive places. I just want a clean place to fall asleep and don't need the fancy amenities. The Mom & Pop places had already filled up for the night, so I rode for a while and then tried to sleep in a vacant parking lot. There were too many damn mosquitoes buzzing around for me to be able to get any sleep. One really cool thing is that the Milky Way shows up in the night sky. I finally moved on and found a Holiday Inn in Marathon Fl., and grabbed a room at 1:30 AM.

Cumulative motorcycle return waves today: 163

Map of Ocala, FL to Key West, FL to Marathon, FL

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