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    Route 1 from Key West to DC

    I'm thinking about a ride to Key West in the spring. Taking the Autotrain from DC to Sanford, riding to Key West for a couple of days and then riding back. Anyone ever done route 1 all the way up the east coast from Key West to DC?

    Recommendations? Do it? avoid it? Thoughts?

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    You don't say where you are located in profile,etc., but IMO I don't care for KW,FL in the 1st place. Way too touristy/commercial for my taste & very pricey too. We actually like going to FL for state pks & fishing in the winter(campsites are hard to get even a year ahead) but KW , I'll pass. If it's the weekend expect bumper to bumper the whole 100+ out to KW.
    For a spring ride I'd head for some of the best riding anywhere in the Appalachians/Smoky mtns at what is one of the two best times of year-Spring (or fall) to ride twisty, scenic roads .
    So my suggestion is to go somewhere else in FL or better yet ride:PA,VA,WV,KY(me),TN,NC,SC,N. GA,N. AL in the spring.

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    Key West

    I did that on an R75/5 in '73. Great ride. Not technical but great weather and not much of a challenge. Watch for speed. It is their only source of $. Excellent watering holes.
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    Did it this past spring. As has been said nothing technical to the ride. Just a lot of long, straight hwys. I enjoyed the ride thru the Keys. Great views of the water, but speed traps in all the small towns along the way. KW can still be pretty expensive even in the spring. Make sure you have a room before you get there. I stayed in state parks as much as I could, but none on KW.It was a bucket list item for me. Checked off the Everglades, KW and St. Augustine.

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    good call....

    Really neat sights/places in the Keys. I stumbled on a neat thing on a ride there a few
    years back. And try this on a clear, full moon... or nearly so! Depart Key West around
    1am heading out northbound; and not in a hurry or on a weekend.... WOW!
    I actually parked on the 7 mi bridge, bike off about 3:30am... not another soul for
    at least 10 minute's! And you could see them coming from about 5 miles!
    In fact with only a few dozen other vehicles between the larger islands; it was a
    great, very unique breakfast ride.... The views I'll never forget!

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    What Travelin John said, for an interesting and coastal ride North of Jacksonville take 17 instead of 1 and visit the barrier Islands of Ga. and the Carolinas lots of History old style places to check out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyhi2cfar View Post
    Really neat sights/places in the Keys. I stumbled on a neat thing on a ride there a few
    years back. And try this on a clear, full moon... or nearly so! Depart Key West around
    1am heading out northbound; and not in a hurry or on a weekend.... WOW!
    I actually parked on the 7 mi bridge, bike off about 3:30am... not another soul for
    at least 10 minute's! And you could see them coming from about 5 miles!
    In fact with only a few dozen other vehicles between the larger islands; it was a
    great, very unique breakfast ride.... The views I'll never forget!
    That sounds awesome.....timed for a full moon would be cool. Have done it from Ft Lauderdale during the day...down and back....way to much traffic for me to enjoy...

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