Biking & Geocaching

Trip Start Feb 19, 2010
Trip End Mar 21, 2010

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

We are keeping busy here in Key West and enjoying the tropical sunshine and temperatures, it feels so good after the rather cool weather we experienced on the trip down.
Yesterday was a biking and GPS geocaching day. We had previously picked up a ‘Travel Bug’ from a cache in Flagler Beach, so it was time to drop it off in another cache, which we did. We are having fun geocaching. Perhaps we will pick up another ‘Bug’ in a few days to take when we head up the Gulf coast. For our ride, we rode along the waterfront one way and then back thru interior streets. The island is not very big, and Jon has already explored a lot of it in his early morning bike rides. We do look a bit out of place on our road bikes, everyone else is riding beach cruisers and there are a lot of cyclists, scooters and mopeds. The streets are so narrow, that is the easiest way to get around and it’s flat too, so no exertion. For supper we went back to an Oyster Bar on the waterfront, another dog friendly place, for half price happy hour. We waited outside until they called us, and along came a lady with 2 Goldens, a 4-year old and a 14-year old (in a stroller!). We chatted a while (funny how your dogs introduce you to some really nice people!)
Today it was in the 80’s with the breezes that feel just right. Although Molly is finding it hot, so she has stayed in the suite with the air conditioning, except for a few brief forays out. On one walk Jon met an owner with an 18 yr old golden cross, Wow, that is old. First round of business for the day was to go back to Blue Heaven for brunch again, the dogs come along too. They are well behaved and lay under the table; waitress even brings bowls of water. This time Jon had the shrimp/eggs benedict with lime hollandaise and I had the omelet, oh so good, especially with the fresh squeezed orange juice. Jon (the chauffeur!) then went and got the VW from the parking spot to save Molly a walk, then it was off to a shop near Duval St to get some souvenir sandals. We sure are glad the bus is small…can’t imagine how some of  the larger vehicles and motorhomes manage in these tight quarters. The sandals are called Kino sandals, made by a Cuban family for many, many years,  All of the sandals are handmade using natural leather uppers and natural rubber soles, assembled and glued in a traditional sandal factory. By the time we found the place to buy them in a little plaza, it was mid afternoon and then afterwards, I wanted to stop at a fabric store, they have such nice cottons. An afternoon of reading, some repairs to my bike computer and then out again for supper. A few places are just as cheap to eat out, as it is to go and buy the ingredients, so we are eating out. Back to Jose’s Cantina for the very same thing we had previously, this time I asked the waitress what was in the Cuban Roast Pork, it is mainly key lime juice and garlic, I wonder if I could make it?Today we have mapped out some geocachers which we will attempt to find while biking about the island. Then it’s the drudgery of laundry, but we are doing it beside another well known Cuban restaurant, so guess what we will be doing during the wash and dry cycles, eating! Perhaps again tonight we will go to Mallory Square to see out last Key West sunset. So this is our last post for a while as the next three camping spots do not have WIFI and after that we have no bookings. So do not worry, we are off gallivanting and will post again when we are able.
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vy & Arnold Dyck on

Bring me back a pair of kino sandals, size 8 woman's.
Arnie is a size 12 mens but I don't really know if he wants a pair.
I love traveling with you.
Have fun and some day I want you to explain this geocache to me.


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