Riding to Key West

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Riding to Key West

Postby Silver Wing » Sat Apr 18, 2015 2:49 pm

Hello all,

I'm new here. I ride a silver '05 GL1800 out of Huntsville, AL and I am planning on riding to Key West at the end of the month. I'll head to South Georgia on Thursday afternoon after work. Then on to Key West on Friday, play on Saturday, then reverse the trip on Sunday and Monday.

All of that to get to the question. I intend to stay on a "non-interstate/turnpike" route and having never been there before, wondered if the group has any advice on places/roads/cities/towns to avoid (aside from the obvious one, Miami). I'm on a limited schedule and don't want to waste any more time than I have to on the way.

Any input would be appreciated.

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Re: Riding to Key West

Postby BlueThunder » Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:46 pm

Silver, make sure you post what routes you take. I plan on riding down from NY for the Fantasy Fest.

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Re: Riding to Key West

Postby harvey01 » Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:51 am

Silver Wing,

I agree with you about avoiding interstates as much as possible. Experience has taught me that sometimes especially when time is short and I need to make miles the interstates are the best routes. And although we see a lot of crash footage on TV from spectacular crashes on Interstates they are still safer than other roads.

Best wishes on a fun trip and enjoy Key West but beware one trip to the Keys and you will want to go back.
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Re: Riding to Key West

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:36 pm

I'm a little upset,, in a few weeks my wife is going to Destin, Florida on a job for a week, my daughter and I are stuck in KCK and I want to go join her but ride the bike down, my problem is my daughter doesn't like riding, especially on long trips....I feel like cussing... :twisted: She's getting a hotel on the beachfront... :twisted: daughter may have to stay home or learn to ride long distances... :shock:

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Re: Riding to Key West

Postby Silver Wing » Tue Apr 28, 2015 1:14 pm

I'll be sure to post my route sometime next week (I hope I don't have time to post it this weekend! ). Depending on what time I actually get to slip out of the office on Thursday, I may or may not hit I-75 on the way to Name Tifton. Everything else will be state highay and smaller. The bike was packed with everything but snacks, water and the rider last Sunday. Ready to roll...this has been a long, slow week so far and it's only Tuesday!

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Re: Riding to Key West

Postby 52wingnut » Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:27 pm

Our family drove to Orlando last year. We left Tallahassee and took highway 19 down the west side of Florida all the way to St. Petersburg. I wish now we had stayed on the interstate. The closer you got to St. Petersburg the more we had to stop for all the little towns. You would barely get up to speed and then have to slow down again.

If you don't want the interstates and I can understand, then I would take a more inland route than hugging the coast. If you don't get away from the start and stop runs you won't make Key West without it being a LONG day.
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Re: Riding to Key West

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Apr 30, 2015 5:53 am

hey Silver,
i hate to tell you this, but if your planning a weekend ride down to the keys, your gonna run into traffic no matter what road you take until you get to Florida city or Homestead. your "quickest" route (unfortunately) will be i75 to route 10 east to the Florida turnpike, stay on the turnpike all the way down to Florida city, then jump onto US1 straight down to the keys. once you get onto US1 in Florida city, you'll be 115 miles from key west. i used to live down in upper key largo, (mm112.5), on a houseboat and that's really the only way to go. i did the same ride last June and going to do it again this coming June.

have a great ride,


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