Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Quintessentially Key west…

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2012-01-09 Keys Bike Ride 027The day before we arrived in Key West Sharon noticed a small tickle in her throat… we were both hoping that she wasn’t catching something.  We have  been retired and on the road for over ten months and neither of us have been sick, not even a cold!

Yet here we are in paradise and Sharon has a full fledged cold… Sigh!!!

2012-01-09 Keys Bike Ride 025I am doing my best to take care of her and to make sure she is happy in paradise, despite the cold. After all,there are probably worse places to be with a cold. We are also blessed with the fact that we have a house to use while here and that makes it a bit easier as well. At least we are in Key West for a couple of weeks so she still has plenty of time to get better and get out to enjoy this little slice of heaven.

2012-01-09 Keys Bike Ride 018This wouldn’t even be happening were it not for our good friends Jerry and Kathleen who allowed us a stay in their beautiful home in the Keys. After nursing Sharon most of the day she urged me to take our planned bike ride into the town of Key West sans her. Appreciatively, I got on the bike and headed south…

We are about 6.5 miles outside the town but 2012-01-09 Keys Bike Ride 017there are bicycle trails extending from way out here into and around.Key West. Should you come here, bring bikes as is a very bicycle friendly town. So it was off to Key West to have a nice bike ride and take in the sights… Seventeen and one half miles later I made it back to the the house.

I was only gone a couple of hours but had a really nice ride all through the town of Key West.  There were two cruise ships in the harbor docked just off of Mallory Square thus the streets around Duvall Street were extremely crowded. Not to be dissuaded I continued on and really enjoyed this ride, that is, until… I started to head back and realized I was riding the last six miles into a a stiff head wind…

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By the tine I got back I was winded (pun intended) to say the least but the good news is that there was a cozy house waiting for me with a wonderful pool overlooking a blue water canal in the back yard. When I finally got back to the S&B house I ditched the bike, checked on Sharon (still sickly), got into my swim shorts and headed for the pool… however, I did pause to get a cold adult beverage before getting in…

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Sharon was still feeling puny but was able to come outside and wet her feet. I made us some pork tenderloin and vegetable shish kabobs and we settled in for the evening and settled in to watch the national championship for collegiate football.

The game was a bit of a bust as only one team showed up and it was all Roll Tide Roll…


  1. Sorry to hear Sharon's not feeling well hope she gets better soon. What a nice area you are in to visit.

  2. It sounds like you both are in paradise! The place sounds awesome. We hope Sharon is up and at it by tomorrow.

  3. A great place for a bike ride as long as you do nto spend too much time is its most famous establishments:) We always enjoyed our time there.

    Sure hope Sharon can join the fun soon!

  4. Hope Sharon feels better soon so she can join in the fun.

  5. Hope she starts feeling better soon. Awful to not feel good while in paradise.

  6. Hope Sharon gets to feeling better and can enjoy your lovely stay in paradise! What a great place to explore----

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  7. Hope Sharon gets to feeling better. I like the bike rides too! Seems as if there is a lot to do here in the Keys and we will be here about another month.

  8. Guess we are glad we did not watch that game. Leonard (being from Louisiana) would not have been a happy camper.

    Hopefully Sharon is feeling much better today.

  9. I got that same cold the other day and was only 80 miles away at the time. Hope Sharon's feeling better (I am, thankfully) and when you get a chance shoot me an email at:


    The school email will go away soon - yes, I will be retiring at the end of the semester. Yea! Not to worry. I'll not be joining my vagabond cousin on her fabulous escapades.

    Enjoy the drive north. Too bad you didn't do the East Coast of FL at the end of December.