.....Congratulations to Bob & Mike.....
February 9 (2:30 p.m.):
Just got a text message from Key West. They've arrived! Bob says the trip logged out at 417 miles. But, as you can see from the picture above, they're at the extreme southern point and can't go any farther.
Bob's already had a look at Hemingway's house (the outside, anyway).
February 9 (Day 9):
And so the final day is begun. Bob and the group spent the night in Marathon, just above the bridge, and they should be on it as I type. Today's ride will total about 44 miles. Tonight they'll stay at Boyd's Key West Campground, enjoy a final evening together and then prepare for the trip back to Cocoa Beach. They'll have part of the day tomorrow to enjoy Key West and I'm hoping Bob sees Ernest Hemingway's home at least.
As Bob begins his ride this morning, Key West is reporting 72 degrees a little before 9 a.m. They have fair skies, a chance of showers (only 20%) and winds from the south at 15 mph. That'll be a bit annoying as they peddle but they're now pedaling nearly west, not south, so they'll have a side wind.
February 8 (Day 8):
Bob's sent a text massage just after 3:30 p.m. that they were already in camp for the day. Another 30.5 miles on the odometer and a total of about 360. They're staying at the Knights Key Park in Marathon tonight and then tomorrow, it's on to Key West!
Just in front of them is the famous Seven Mile Bridge. Bob sent this picture:
So, tomorrow is the last day of pedaling. It's still 44 miles to where they'll stay in Key West so it'll be a decent day's work. The weather looks to cooperate with a high tomorrow forecast to be 77. The winds will be light (10-15) from the south. Tomorrow night, there's a 40% chance of showers but they should be safely in a tent before any rain falls.
On Wednesday, then, they'll be transported back to Cocoa Beach and their waiting cars and trucks.