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Long Weekend Motorcycle Trip to the Florida Keys


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Saturday my wife and I packed up the RSV and loaded the trailer with fishing gear, then headed South from the Orlando area via US 441.

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Weather was rainy until we got about halfway around Lake Okeechobee.

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Once we got on US 27 the sun came out for the rest of our ride to Key Largo.

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The next day we just hung out and fished behind the hotel with some not so shrimpy live shrimp for bait.  Caught nothing, I suspect because the bait was bigger than the fish.  😒IMG_20201123_125237.thumb.jpg.88a8ca46d154befddf907f8b1b8f5865.jpg

But my wife did make a new friend.  🤣IMG_20201122_143230.thumb.jpg.0cd975ad134c43ac470634dc81358f44.jpg

After a "hard" day fishing, we went out to the Islamorada Fish Company for dinner and caught the sunset.

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The next day was a ride to Key West, the Shipwreck Museum, lunch, the Aquarium and the Southernmost Point before heading back to the hotel in Key Largo.  Weather was nice, if a bit windy crossing the bridges on a bike.

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Tuesday we packed up and headed home via a quicker route:  The Turnpike and I-95.

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This was the first trip we had taken with the trailer that we bought off Craigslist earlier this year.  I was very impressed with the way the RSV handled two-up, loaded down and pulling a trailer.  Even at 80 mph the only way I could tell I was towing a trailer was by looking in the mirror.  The bike didn't handle any different whatsoever.  All in all it was a nice long weekend getaway.

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Oh man, what a wonderful trip. 

But... you're KILLING us! We spent the morning clearing snow off the front walk, then messing up the newly washed truck on a run into Town for badly needed supplies. (Don't do THAT very often these days.)

Rgds, WRIDR

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Used our wrong Handle, sorry Don!
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Love the FL Keys!  I worked at the Turkey Pt. Nuclear Power Plant for 3 1/2 yrs and stayed in Homestead, FL which means I was very close to the Keys.  My wife and I spent a lot of time in the Keys fishing and enjoying the water and went to Key West many times.  The first time we went fishing on the Captain Michael from Robbies Marina, they had a few bait fish in the live well and rigged up a rod for me and I caught this small grouper!  This one is protected and had to be thrown back.  

 

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From the looks, you should have been eatin the bait and to heck with that fishin thing. I would like to take a ride down that way. I'm over in Sebring off US 27. last time we drove down it was better than 8 hours driving to get home. Traffic was SLOW coming off the Keys. Glad you had a good trip.

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I remember that bee hive that's 90 miles from Cuba...  🙂  Ironically we were also 90 miles from Cuba when we vacationed in Cancun MX.  

Funny fishing story.  While at a yearly biz meeting held in Naples I tried to fish for Snook from the banks behind the hotel.  There was a drop off from the lawn down to the a sandy area where I stood.  While plugging away and bringing the lure back an alligator followed the lure right to the rod tip and came up about 4 feet from my tootsies.  I ended up back on the lawn and to this day can't tell how I got there...  Packed up the rod and went back to the bar to settle my nerves....  

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On 11/30/2020 at 9:23 PM, djh3 said:

From the looks, you should have been eatin the bait and to heck with that fishin thing. I would like to take a ride down that way. I'm over in Sebring off US 27. last time we drove down it was better than 8 hours driving to get home. Traffic was SLOW coming off the Keys. Glad you had a good trip.

That was a Goliath Grouper.  The one I caught was a baby.  They grow as large as 800lbs I'm told. Watch this.  The biggest one gets caught at around 7 min into the video. 

 

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