#SD2KW, Day 62, Hollywood to Florida City, 54 Miles | Miami: Magnificent Mayem

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We were delighted to see a stellar sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean before we started our ride. What a way to start the day. 🌅

Miami was on our to-do list today. As such, we scheduled a shorter ride and allowed almost a whole day to get through her.

Miami is a magnificent city. Neither of us had been there during the day and approaching the city on a bicycle and then riding through gives one an up close view however it’s not for the faint-hearted. The city is clean, modern, diverse and very busy.

Bike lanes are scant, the sidewalks are full of pedestrians and although legally bikes are permitted to use the full right lane, we weren’t about to test that city ordinance. First we tackled the city of Miami Beach then crossed the causeway to take on the big mama. She is gorgeous, but again it’s traffic mayhem for cyclists. Lots of honking, not at us but cars at each other. And scooters galore!

In fact coming off the causeway we saw a cyclist down (a roadie) being attended to by EMTs. It looked like he tried to come down too fast, hit a curb and did a face plant. Ouch!

Having put those cities in our rear view mirrors we celebrated with sammiches for lunch.

Our post lunch ride was stop and go almost all afternoon even though much of it was on a “bike trail.” Those are supposed to be air quotes. 🤣 Someday it will be magnificent but it’s just not ready for prime time yet. Still, in most aspects it kept us away from traffic; it was just hard to get any momentum going.

The highlight of the day was meeting our buddy Finn at our Florida City campsite. He’d just finished his open water diving certification in Key Largo and took an extra day to meet us. His timing could not have been better (and it’s difficult to coordinate rendezs on bike tours).

Bar B Que, bevvies and some bantering back and forth made the evening go too quickly. See you in Indy, Finn!

Tomorrow we officially say hello to the Florida Keys… on bicycles. 🚴🏼‍♂️🚴🏼‍♀️

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15 thoughts on “#SD2KW, Day 62, Hollywood to Florida City, 54 Miles | Miami: Magnificent Mayem”

  1. Great to meet up with you in the trail‼️😎🍀
    Too bad no time for a round of shuffle board. That’s a sport I think I had a chance of beating Tommy in something ‼️😂🤪 Thanks for dinner and laughter. Enjoy the last leg. You guys rock🌺🤠

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  2. Glad you made it through the MEGALOPOLIS! Been there and not going back by choice! Keys are where it is at.. hope the road holds much love for you!

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  3. Finally I know exactly where you two are. This is more fun than ever. I don’t want it to end. I’m surprised there would not be a more bike friendly route through Miami. Oh well. I love your description either way.

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  4. Just before you got to Florida City as you pedaled through Homestead, you may have seen the rodeo grounds. We tented there for three nights during the rodeo with our buddy who is a rodeo clown. Then started our ride south to KW with the clown and his girlfriend from there. Fun time.

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    1. Awww such great memories for you guys. I don’t remember seeing the rodeo grounds tho. That would be so cool. We had a great ride today – so grateful – and we have a really cool walk in tent site at Long Key right on the beach. Amazing!


      1. I’ll bet you’re tenting where we did a year ago February. As you look at the ocean, the flusher is a 3 or 4 min walk to the left. That’s an awesome site.


  5. So Cool!! Thanks for bringing us along! Sorry to hear it is so biker unfriendly. Lisa and I were in Berlin, Germany last summer and I met a friend there who gave me the world’s best one day bike tour of the city! That is definitely a biker friendly town. Safe travels to you and finish strong!

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    1. Will do coach! We hope to ride in Europe soon – all kinds of opportunities there. I didn’t mean to be a cry baby about Miami. We would do the exact same route – it’s a gorgeous city. Ya just gotta pay attention. Miami was not as troublesome to Tom as riding through as this “busway” route that was stop and go after Miami. It was driving him nuts. At any rate, we are anxious to get home and start playing PB again. Have been getting all the updates at LT and it looks amazing!


  6. Have enjoyed every one of your posts, thanks~! Just got in last night after a 6 hour flight to Auckland, 6 hour layover, 13 hour flight to Dallas, 6 hour layover and 1 1/2 hour flight to Indy. So glad to be home! Message/call me when you are back and settled for lunch/brunch date!

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