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post #1 of 13 Old 09-30-2010, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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Question Key West trip in January

We plan a Key West trip first 9 days of January taking the west coast down and east coast back up. Outside of an oil change and bolt tightening my wee should be up to the challenge but since this is going to be a budget trip, would appreciate some tips as to camping locations or cheap hotels both along the way and in Key West. Also anything that maybe good to carry along on this 2200 mile trip which will be my longest by far.

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post #2 of 13 Old 09-30-2010, 10:26 AM
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Key West in January! Oh you poor thing! I envy you! Enjoy your trip!


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post #3 of 13 Old 09-30-2010, 11:23 AM
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The Keys in winter: Awesome

Book anything in the keys as far ahead as possible. Otherwise things will be full or high priced.

We had to do I75 to Tampa to make time. I thought south of Tampa we'd run coast roads or maybe four lane, but there was a terrific amount of traffic, so back on I75 to get south. I recommend hwy 41 (Tamiami Trail) across the everglades instead of Alligator Alley. Also recommend the Everglades National Park (about 60 mi one way). Toward the east end of 41 you'll see air-boat rides: that's fun.

On the way back we went through central Florida; a lot less people and traffic. That was mostly hwy 27.

Its gonna be great.

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post #4 of 13 Old 09-30-2010, 04:45 PM
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PM me when your trip gets a bit closer. I'm in the Fort Lauderdale area, about a day's ride from Key West. You're welcome to stop in and spend the night, or just use the garage for some tweaking etc.

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post #5 of 13 Old 09-30-2010, 04:54 PM
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As a Parrott Head that has made the pligrimage to Key west and Margaritaville, I would recommend checking with the "locals" for places to eat! Our best meal was at a local spot, very few tourists! Conch Chowder was to die for, they also had an oyster bar! Sorry the years and "Boat Drinks" I can not remmber the name, plus it has been a few years ago! If you are so inclined the Key West cigar company had some very good cigars too!

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post #6 of 13 Old 09-30-2010, 09:18 PM
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One thing I recommend for longer rides is a Camelbak. Though not as important during the cooler months of the year, it is definitely helpful in keeping hydrated while on the bike. I've found I am a lot less exhausted if I keep hydrated while riding, especially on 500+ mile days.

Also, I really like ROK straps when using dry bags. I used them for the first time this weekend, earlier this week on a 1400+ mile ride with the wifey. They made removing and attaching the bags a much quicker ordeal. And I really like saving time in the morning when on the road.

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post #7 of 13 Old 10-01-2010, 08:27 AM
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If you're trying to get by cheap, avoid buying much of anything in Key West.

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I'll know where I'm supposed to be when I get there.
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post #8 of 13 Old 10-01-2010, 10:44 AM
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go to key west but dont stay there. stay in one of the other keys, less crowded and less expensive. marathon comes to mind. where do you live in bama?
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post #9 of 13 Old 10-01-2010, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks to all for such good info!

I am a Tallassee Alabama boy just in between Montgomery and Auburn. We have several scheduled to go on the trip, most from the Pensacola Florida area.

Can't tell all of you how much your input is appreciated!
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post #10 of 13 Old 10-02-2010, 10:50 AM
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good , I know it will be fun. I live in wetumpka so we are almost neighbors. we will have to get together sometime. I just returned from a 3500 mi. trip to the u.p. of michigan. send me a pm if you are interested.
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