Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 28

Thread: FLA Keys

  1. #1
    1-2-3-Kick It criminaldesign's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Ravenswood WV
    Posts
    1,392

    FLA Keys

    I think I may bang out a ride to the Keys a week from Friday.

    I'll stick to the interstate but was wondering what US 1 along the coast is like with traffic and time.

    Anything else I should know before heading to the keys this time of year?
    Last edited by criminaldesign; 10-27-2009 at 03:42 PM.
    Houston Mac
    '88 R100RS Saboteur
    MOA# 144652 | Airhead# 11105
    www.hhmcreative.com

  2. #2
    Registered User womanridge's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,723
    I just finished a trip which included riding down Fla. and then westward.
    US 1 is an old highway that reminded me of an era gone by. It lends itself to older motels and appears blighted by some standards. Lots of Pawn shops, liqour stores and strip malls. Seldom does it run along the ocean and the more scenic ride would be A1A. US1 is a slow ride as compared to the interstate. You stop in all kinds of little and larger towns. Time was not an issue for me though.
    I wouldn't ride it again, but I'm glad I did.
    Have a nice ride!
    Karen Jacobs
    Moderator
    2012 R 1200 RT
    MOA-133005, RA32109, IBA #37923

  3. #3
    1-2-3-Kick It criminaldesign's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Ravenswood WV
    Posts
    1,392
    Thanks womanridge, appreciate the feedback.

    Looks like it will be more of the same as it was for me in San Diego this past June, nothing besides camping in a RV/trailer court type place next to the basketball court. It was a bit surreal setting up a tent there, I wasn't cool with it.

    I was just checking on camping in the Keys, not a thing unless I want to drop 60/80 bux a night at the KOA.

    I did find Collier-Seminole State Park around Naples which I may just do. It's not what I was necessarily after but what's the big deal in the overall scheme of things? I've been all over the South on the bike besides FLA which is the whole point of the ride. I can still take a ride to the bottom end regardless.
    Houston Mac
    '88 R100RS Saboteur
    MOA# 144652 | Airhead# 11105
    www.hhmcreative.com

  4. #4
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    1,006
    good beach camping here at JOHN PENNEKAMP STATE PARK on Key Largo.

    Bahia Honda Park also has decent locations.

    other camping in the Keys locations found here

  5. #5
    SNOONE
    Guest
    Do not speed in the Keys

  6. #6
    K1200LT Rider vectorprime27's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Orlando, FL
    Posts
    111
    I second that....do NOT speed in the Keys. The speed limit is 35 or 45 MPH on US 1, and you will pass through an average of 9 - 11 radar speed traps from Key Largo to Key West. This is a major revenue source for the County. I have not been stopped, but my neighbor was - for doing 49 in a 45 zone. There is NO margin of error...just take your time and enjoy the ride.

  7. #7
    Ambassador at Large JIMSHAW's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Hinckley, Ohio USA
    Posts
    351

    Cool Keys, and Key West

    I've been going to the Keys for a number of years since 1968, and there are certain features that stand out. Like it or not, here's some ideas:

    Coming down from Miami, there is no need to take US1 any more than you have to. The freeway now takes you well South of Homestead. I can remember having to take US1 all the way, before they had freeways. I would have preferred a bullet in the head.

    The school zone in the middle of Marathon. I have never been there during school hours when there weren't cops there. Money-hungry cops. A President was once arrested here for standing on the pegs too much.

    The Deer Key refuge on Big Pine Key, where the same is true.

    The No Name Pub, on Watson Dr. off Big Pine Key. A biker watering hole and pizza place for decades; a former whore house, I'm told. The No Name is a biker pilgrimage - not authorized by the Vatican, necessarily.

    The Seven Mile Grille on US1 near the west end of Marathon, on the right. Fresh fish and fresh waitresses. The fish is the good part, mostly. The waitresses have been aged on the beach for a while, and are salty. Free entertainment, if they like you. Also, a good place to start your day with breakfast, and an attitude.

    Pepe's for lunch or supper in Key West. Authentic old Key West from before the cruise ships covered the island in polyester. Consider the oysters. Harry Truman used to walk there for breakfast.

    The Key West lighthouse. Definitely worth the climb.

    Hemingway House. Worth a tour the first time. Check out the five toed cats, said to have all resulted from one Hemingway male. The House tour could cause you to read some Hemingway, if you haven't. That is a good thing.

    El Siboney in Key West. If you've never had authentic Cuban food, try it. I go there every time in KW. Liking it is a matter of taste, but most everybody considers it worth a test. Customary ingredients cooked in a different way.

    And, of course, sunset on the warf near Duval and Wall Sts. It's an institution. Let me know if the guy with the trained cats is still there.

    The beach along Atlantic St. is a good place to park the scooter, roll up your pants, take off your shoes, and go for a beach walk.

    Jim
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Last edited by jimshaw; 10-27-2009 at 08:59 PM. Reason: add map

  8. #8
    Registered User womanridge's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,723
    I just read all these posts and thought I should clarify my answer. I didn't ride all the way down to the keys. Only as far as Ft. Lauderdale. I Don't know what US1 is like south of that.
    Hope I wasn't misleading.
    Karen Jacobs
    Moderator
    2012 R 1200 RT
    MOA-133005, RA32109, IBA #37923

  9. #9
    Sparkle-farkle-butt
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Blountsville, AL
    Posts
    118
    Gilbert's on Key largo is cool, and not too expensive.


    http://www.gilbertsresort.com/Welcome.html

  10. #10
    SNOONE
    Guest
    Going south on rte 1 at about mile marker 10, make a left at the convenience store and head to the Geiger Key marina for some local color and great cheap food and conversation... One of my best friends owns a house on Geiger, we go there every year, this place is authentic keys...

  11. #11
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    North Carolina Coast
    Posts
    400

    Key West

    I did the Keys in 1973 on my R75/5. Then as now the speed limit was strictly enforced. It is a 150 miles of 35 mph but pleasant views and interesting places to stop. "Fat Albert" will watch you as you drive.
    Campbell Tellman II
    '93 R100RT

  12. #12
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Port St. Lucie, FL
    Posts
    378
    US 1 sucks. So does 95 and the turnpike. Get off I-95 at Rt. 76, go west to 441 at Port Mayaka, south on 441 to west on 80 at Belle Glade, south on 27 at South Bay, then take Krome Avenue to Homestead. This will add some time to the trip and probably is about 40 miles longer, but well worth the relief from the droning highway and endless toll plazas.

    Get back on 1 for a short distance, take Card Sound Road and stop at a neat biker bar/restaurant..Alabama Jacks..just before the toll bridge ($1.00), rejoin 1 and head south to Key West. Look at the campground on Long Key. Neat sites right on the water.

    I also recommend the No Name Bar and the Seven Mile Bridge restaurant. Key West is loaded with overpriced trendy places, ie: Jimmy Buffet's .. but there are lots of great little places in or near the Bahama Village. Try the Green Parrot for an afternoon drink.

  13. #13
    Registered User 184480's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Posts
    179
    Did the Key's 2 or 3 times in the 1980's. Tipped a few at the No-Name, ate at the 7 Mile Grill lots and saw Haley's comet one night in Key West in 1986 (I think...).
    Used to camp at the Knights key campground. If it's still there it's a great central location for exploring that beautiful area.
    Would ride my 1980 R100RT down from Chicago to Bike Week in Daytona, then head down to the Keys. Got pretty frozen on the ride back to Chicago a couple times too that time of year.
    The Key's are a magical place that's for sure. I have many great memories from my visits. Enjoy!
    Former bikes, Ahhhhh who cares!!

  14. #14
    Ambassador at Large JIMSHAW's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Hinckley, Ohio USA
    Posts
    351

    Cool US1 in the Keys is better

    Quote Originally Posted by CTellman View Post
    I did the Keys in 1973 on my R75/5. Then as now the speed limit was strictly enforced. It is a 150 miles of 35 mph but pleasant views and interesting places to stop. "Fat Albert" will watch you as you drive.
    Campbell Tellman II
    '93 R100RT
    I think you'd find that US1, once you get South of Homestead, is much better than it used to be. Since '73, they've widened a lot of it. Back in 1970, much of it was still on the old railroad bridges, and RVs were as lovable as blood clots. Across the Keys, it's 45 most of the way, 35 in the towns; watch for the school zones and the Key Deer refuge. There's a mix of Sheriff deputies and State troopers raising revenue - and there's usually plenty of testosterone-filled 20 year olds to keep them in donuts.

    Really good times to avoid, especially during high season (Dec 15-Mar 15) are Friday afternoon, southbound, and Sunday afternoon, northbound.

    Knight's Key campground closed a couple of years ago; it was sold for condos, which have not been built as of last passing. Certain na'er-do-wells named Pirates now usually camp in the overflow space at a KOA after Bike Week, but unless you're a member, they can't fit you in anymore.

    One more thing to do when you're in Key West is take the boat day trip to the Dry Tortugas. Highly recommended. Bring your sunscreen and a hat. There are also a lot of snorkeling and SCUBA dive trips, too.

    Be sure to take time to ride some of the back roads. Getting your 'card punched' just riding US1 to Key West isn't nearly the way to see the people and places. Personally, I really like the laid-back people who live in the Keys. Lots better than the overbuilt, overpopulated, over aged rest of the State.

    I'm hoping to join the Pirates again this year, creek not freezin'.

    Jim

  15. #15
    1-2-3-Kick It criminaldesign's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Ravenswood WV
    Posts
    1,392
    thanks for the feedback everyone.

    May end up camping in Naples area. Found Seminole State park which is 22 bux a night with electricity (will be working, need the laptop), elbow room, and looks chill. I'm a single dude going solo, on the cheap (PB&J and some hot dogs), and my schedule with work would get on my nerves if I was traveling with me. haha. It's 9-5 with breaks in there considering the project, so I may be dormant till 3 or when the work is done.

    Checked the 3 state parks in the keys and everything is booked. Staying in Naples will give me a bit more room to look around southern FLA.

    Roadwise, I'm not too particular. I'm just looking for the fastest route to wherever I may end up, reserving weekday mornings and afternoons for work and the evenings and weekends to explore.

    If I stay in Naples, I'm sure that's going to booger down my time in the Keys considering the distance and the 35mph.

    Will know for sure on plans Sunday and I'll keep ya posted. Thanks again, Houston
    Houston Mac
    '88 R100RS Saboteur
    MOA# 144652 | Airhead# 11105
    www.hhmcreative.com

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •