Some pics of this year's SMART Ride to Key West

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    Nov 22, 2014 2:37 AM GMT
    Some different types of views from this year's SMART Ride. Because you've all seen pics of people riding bikes, I selected a few that go a little behind the scenes.

    Starting with our own very unbike-like car. The support vehicles sport those little flags and magnetic signs, and ID on the dash. In the background are the townhouse villas we rent for riders and crew for our overnight stay at the 100 mile point. Usually reserving about 170 units that house 4 to 6 people each, depending on villa size & configuration.

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    Here are the back veranda sides of those villas, facing a bay with marina.

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    Further down that long lawn, and also on the water, is our dining tent. Where a hot dinner and morning breakfast are served on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

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    As riders begin to arrive many make the nearby massage tent their first stop. Massages are provided free, but tipping is common.

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    We travel with our own ambulance and EMTs. Plus a complete medical team with 3 doctors, several nurses and assistants. They set up their own treatment tent at route pit stops.

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    Arriving in Key West Saturday afternoon we regroup at the high school. From there the bicyclists parade through town. But many of the 200+ crew want to participate, too. So we get donated the local "Conch Trains" normally used for sightseeing tours.

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    We have a closing ceremony on a pier on the Atlantic. Its entrance contains a permanent outdoor AIDS memorial. The amount we raised for HIV/AIDS is then revealed, and the banner is hung facing the memorial. Money is still coming in, and we had topped $1,110, 000 for this year before the day was over.

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    Nov 22, 2014 2:40 AM GMT
    Key West is noted for its sunsets on the Gulf. We always try to take a sunset sailing cruise to watch.

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    Those aren't birds at this next photo's top, but a couple of float planes, another way people watch the sunsets.

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    Sunset accomplished.

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    Nov 22, 2014 12:21 PM GMT
    That looks awesome! Especially the massage table and the sunset cruise. icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 22, 2014 12:42 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidThat looks awesome! Especially the massage table and the sunset cruise. icon_lol.gif

    Yeah, imagine if we could combine the 2. Actually the cruise is on Sunday, when enough participants are still in town. Our arrival Saturday is too busy with getting hotels and settling in, relaxing, and attending various evening events we have. We do have afternoon massages at the Key West high school where we arrive and regroup.

    BTW, I attended one evening event in my new kilt I mentioned in another thread. No pics of that! Nor of any of me on the ride that I'll post here.
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    Nov 22, 2014 12:52 PM GMT
    I suppose I should post at least one rider pic. This is coming down Duval Street in Old Town, Key West. The only time we ride side-by-side, with police escort and blocked traffic. Otherwise we ride single file for safety, on open public roads. And everyone must wear a helmet.

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    And this is our 20-motorcycle escort, that accompanies us from Miami. They must wear helmets, too, and safety vests with our logo. They all carry radios to communicate with our dispatch center, and are the eyes & ears of the ride, since our line of single-file bicyclists is spread out 20 miles. They also stop to flag turns on the route for the bicyclists.

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    Nov 22, 2014 2:31 PM GMT
    Another pic of a float plane viewing the sunset. You ever flown one, Paul?

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