Riding to the Florida Keys for my Brother's Wedding
Photos, video, and article by FastFred Ruddock
Rick aka Stump in Daytona
for this long ride was my brother’s wedding
in Key West. Most sane individuals might naturally
wonder why anyone would visit the keys on mid-summer.
The distance from my house to Key West is just over
771 miles. I broke the trip down into two days and
spent some time with my friends Rick and Jeani Jessen
in Daytona. The curse of technology required me to
work remotely Thursday morning in Daytona and Thursday
afternoon in Miami; the scenery sure beat the home
office but this was an unexpected delay. I arrived
in Key West and had my tent pitched by 10:08 PM before
join Kyle and Shannon for a few drinks in Old Town
Shannon and Kyle at Garden of Edden
West Martello Fort
Southernmost Point in USA
Bill, Mom, and Nieces
Haley and Kylie
morning I found a WiFi hotspot and check for more
work orders prior to sight seeing. One of the “cooler”
spots was the garden at West Martello Fort. I spent
the remainder of the day visiting with my Mom and
Dad before the evening wedding aboard a sailboat.
I drank wine on the boat and got a pretty good buzz.
Bride and Groom
Mom and Barbara
Pop and Barbara
Bill and Mom
My site at Boyd's Campground
View from my tent
began with a refreshing dip in the pool at Boyd’s
Campground. The WiFi and the campground sucked but
the pool was much cooler than expected and filled
with salt water. I washed laundry while enjoying the
pool. Most of the folks at the campground were visiting
from Europe enjoying our depressed dollar. The remainder
of Saturday was spent playing biker tourist. Just
prior to the Sunset Celebration found the best happy
hour at Kelly’s brewpub within walking distance
of Mallory Square. The Wheat and IPA were the best
but the Red Ale was smokier than expected.
Key West Art
Gingerbread made of Gingerbread men
FastFred at Milemarker 0 on US 1
the Key West Catman and his trained house cats jumping
through flaming hoops and such; you may wish to see
for yourself in this week’s videos. I also saw
a dog climb a ladder and walk a tight rope. After
his feats the dog collect dollar bills from the audience
and placed them in a bucket. There were plenty of
freak shows but the animal shows were the best. If
you visit Key West be sure to arrive at least an hour
before sunset at Mallory Square.
morning I rose with the sun and rode straight back
to Charleston only stopping to take a few photos of
the Old US 1 Bridges and couple of meals. By chance
I met Bruce Arnold of “Long Distance Rider”
at the Last Chance Saloon in Florida City; we talked
about the big issue of "division within the ranks"
that currently cripples the Motorcycle Rights Community.
The ride to Daytona was brutal in the sun and heat
but the final leg was better after sunset. Riding
just over 771 miles in one day was not too bad really.