Key West Looking Great!

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    Nov 11, 2017 2:22 AM GMT
    For the weather during our trip next week, that is. Just checked the forecast for the period of our visit, and it's all sunny and upper 70s. I'll report the physical condition of the island itself from down there, and the highway driving experience. We're taking a small SUV rental, for its larger cargo capacity and greater seating height than our own small city car.

    Our hotel is fully operational after the hurricane, as are all the places we always visit. We've had these reservations for a full 12 months. Always made to coincide with the annual bicycle SMART Ride from Miami, whether I'm riding a bike, doing crew, or not.

    We decided to keep the reservations, even though the Ride has been postponed until January, 2018. The Middle Keys were pounded badly by Irma, and the support infrasture necessary to stage the 165-mile bicycle ride across them won't be functional until then. So it's not too late to sign-up online as rider or crew.

    https://thesmartride.org

    We felt we needed this break before the holiday hump. And we sometimes do another getaway soon afterwards. Our only hesitation was due to my health, regarding a little scare recently. But that seems to be resolving itself, so we're now more confident that we'll go.

    As always, I'll report our experiences online here. With pics of any hurricane Irma damage, especially in case you're considering your own travel to Key West over the winter.
  • Plooje

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    Nov 12, 2017 12:23 AM GMT
    art_deco saidFor the weather during our trip next week, that is. Just checked the forecast for the period of our visit, and it's all sunny and upper 70s. I'll report the physical condition of the island itself from down there, and the highway driving experience. We're taking a small SUV rental, for its larger cargo capacity and greater seating height than our own small city car.

    Our hotel is fully operational after the hurricane, as are all the places we always visit. We've had these reservations for a full 12 months. Always made to coincide with the annual bicycle SMART Ride from Miami, whether I'm riding a bike or not.

    We decided to keep the reservations, even though the Ride has been postponed until January, 2018. The Middle Keys were pounded badly by Irma, and the support infrasture necessary to stage the 165-mile Ride across them won't be functional until then. So it's not too late to sign-up online as rider or crew.

    https://thesmartride.org

    We felt we needed this break before the holiday hump. And we sometimes do another getaway soon afterwards. Our only hesitation was due to my health, regarding a little scare recently. But that seems to be resolving itself, so we're now more confident that we'll go.

    As always, I'll report our experiences online here. With pics of any hurricane Irma damage, especially in case you're considering your own travel to Key West over the winter.


    Oh goody.
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    Nov 12, 2017 2:18 AM GMT
    I find myself wondering about the "holiday hump".
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    Nov 12, 2017 7:20 AM GMT
    Please Bob, no more pics of you floating around in a pool, butt nacked.
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    Nov 12, 2017 6:13 PM GMT
    Muskelprotz said
    I find myself wondering about the "holiday hump".

    LMAO! Well, there are humps, and there are humps. In the military sense I used, it’s a tough time. “I hadda hump a heavy pack on my back.” “That patrol was a hump.”

    When I relocated to Florida in 2007 one of the changes I saw was an abundance of speed bumps on residential streets. I was driving in Port St. Lucie and a road sign read: “CAUTION - SLOW HUMPS AHEAD”. This State calls speed bumps “humps”. Another Florida road term I haven’t encountered elsewhere is “ROUNDABOUT” for a traffic circle.

    I laughed so hard at encountering “slow humps ahead” I almost went off the road. But then Wednesday in the US is often called “Hump Day”, meaning of course getting over the middle of the 5-day work week, more akin to the military sense of a challenge. As I had meant it, getting past the hectic, fatiguing holiday season. But regarding Wednesdays, people are free to interpret Hump Day as they wish. icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 12, 2017 7:45 PM GMT
    ^^^^^^^did you ever talk to the lads in the Army, about humping your wives?^^^^^^^^^^
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    Nov 13, 2017 10:05 PM GMT
    Plooje said
    art_deco saidFor the weather during our trip next week, that is. Just checked the forecast for the period of our visit, and it's all sunny and upper 70s. I'll report the physical condition of the island itself from down there, and the highway driving experience. We're taking a small SUV rental, for its larger cargo capacity and greater seating height than our own small city car.

    Our hotel is fully operational after the hurricane, as are all the places we always visit. We've had these reservations for a full 12 months. Always made to coincide with the annual bicycle SMART Ride from Miami, whether I'm riding a bike or not.

    We decided to keep the reservations, even though the Ride has been postponed until January, 2018. The Middle Keys were pounded badly by Irma, and the support infrasture necessary to stage the 165-mile Ride across them won't be functional until then. So it's not too late to sign-up online as rider or crew.

    https://thesmartride.org

    We felt we needed this break before the holiday hump. And we sometimes do another getaway soon afterwards. Our only hesitation was due to my health, regarding a little scare recently. But that seems to be resolving itself, so we're now more confident that we'll go.

    As always, I'll report our experiences online here. With pics of any hurricane Irma damage, especially in case you're considering your own travel to Key West over the winter.


    Oh goody.

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    Nov 15, 2017 1:38 AM GMT


    Got the rental car late today, a Jeep SUV which should be comfortable for us. And large enough to carry a ton of stuff and handle any rough road repair issues we may encounter. Irma ripped up whole sections of highway in the Middle Keys.

    Again, I'll let you all know what we encounter driving there and when we arrive. In case you're thinking about a winter getaway for yourself.
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    Nov 15, 2017 6:26 AM GMT
    Why a rental car? Don't you just drive to Key West? It's not that far.
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    Nov 15, 2017 9:36 PM GMT
    Muskelprotz said
    Why a rental car? Don't you just drive to Key West? It's not that far.

    No, not far, it’s only 200 miles from our place. But as I mentioned this earlier, we took a ton of stuff, more than our little city car could carry. And much easier to load/unload with a load floor at waist height, rather than into a trunk. Plus we like the higher road view, traveling in fast mixed traffic. We’re already in Key West, our rental choice pleased us.
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    Nov 15, 2017 10:14 PM GMT
    The Key West drive was largely uneventful. As I expected, lots of road construction in the Middle Keys, especially Marathon Key. Where traffic jammed down to 2 lanes from 4, the washed-away sections being replaced.

    Some heavy damage, houses knocked off foundations, even leveled, from my memory of what had been there. Only vacant, sandy ground left. And huge piles of ruined residential furniture and kitchen appliances along the roads still. And in some places the formerly lush, green land is stripped bare, bizarrely barren as a desert, like an atomic bomb had hit.

    The bicycle Ride would have been impossible this weekend as annually scheduled, no way to ride in some stretches, with construction and debris. And sand is still covering parts of the totally separate bike paths used in some sections of the route. So that I wonder if the rescheduled date of Jan 19-20 is realistic.

    But for motor vehicles the route is mostly clear, just some construction congestion. All the many bridges connecting the Keys are intact. Key West itself is in good shape.

    Haven’t seen enough of Key West yet to know how much it was affected. We intend to visit the ‘Southernmost Point in the US’ monument at water’s edge, that was pretty beat up from the photos I saw, but remained intact. Now reported as restored, a priority repair as an important tourist landmark here, and we’ll take the obligatory touristy pics.
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    Nov 17, 2017 3:38 PM GMT
    OK, just spoke with the hotel owner over breakfast coffee. We’re taking him and his BF to dinner Sunday night, after a tea dance there. And in turn, he straightened out some issues with his front desk.

    One of the clerks had given me incorrect info yesterday about the cost of a friend of ours joining us on Saturday & Sunday. I knew the price quoted couldn’t be correct. So the owner spoke to the hotel manager, and our friend only has to pay $25 for each of those 2 nights, $50 total. What it’s been in the past.

    We immediately phoned him, and now he’ll be joining us tomorrow. We have our usual 2-bedroom suite that sleeps 4, with a full kitchen. Double French door access to a huge veranda overlooking Duval Street (where the annual New Years Eve ‘Sushi Drop’ is held), direct back door access to the gym, and the clothing optional sundeck overlooking the pool.

    We also made reservations this morning for January when the rescheduled SMART Ride is currently going to arrive. A nice finish for us after the Christmas mayhem. Also got the suite again, because there are always Ride ‘orphans’ who fail to get KW reservations in time for various reasons, or something gets fouled up. So we take them in.

    And at $25 a night in Key West, they couldn’t be happier. Except that only men are permitted here - women are out of luck.

    We’re holding off on making reservations for next November, as we usually do, 12 months in advance. The next Ride’s dates haven’t been announced yet. We should know by January.
  • Plooje

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    Nov 17, 2017 5:27 PM GMT
    art_deco saidOK, just spoke with the hotel owner over breakfast coffee. We’re taking him and his BF to dinner Sunday night, after a tea dance there. And in turn, he straightened out some issues with his front desk.

    One of the clerks had given me incorrect info yesterday about the cost of a friend of ours joining us on Saturday & Sunday. I knew the price quoted couldn’t be correct. So the owner spoke to the hotel manager, and our friend only has to pay $25 for each of those 2 nights, $50 total. What it’s been in the past.

    We immediately phoned him, and now he’ll be joining us tomorrow. We have our usual 2-bedroom suite that sleeps 4, with a full kitchen. Double French door access to a huge veranda overlooking Duval Street (where the annual New Years Eve ‘Sushi Drop’ is held), direct back door access to the gym, and the clothing optional sundeck overlooking the pool.

    We also made reservations this morning for January when the rescheduled SMART Ride is currently going to arrive. A nice finish for us after the Christmas mayhem. Also got the suite again, because there are always Ride ‘orphans’ who fail to get KW reservations in time for various reasons, or something gets fouled up. So we take them in.

    And at $25 a night in Key West, they couldn’t be happier. Except that only men are permitted here - women are out of luck.

    We’re holding off on making reservations for next November, as we usually do, 12 months in advance. The next Ride’s dates haven’t been announced yet. We should know by January.


    Good to see you throwing your weight around and getting that pathetic excuse for a front desk person straightened out.

    Also, I'm relieved that you did not yet book your reservations for next November. I was a bit worried you would do so prematurely.