The Road to the Florida Keys…

The road to Key West, for us, is a slow-moving highway.  This is our 10th annual November Key West Trip.  It’s about 740 miles from our house to the Mile Marker 0 in Key West;  Or in this case a 4 day drive.  When pulling Big Red, I have learned to go slow, go safe, and be patient.  It is very rare that we will travel more than 250 miles in a day, and on many days we barely make it 100 miles in a day.  On this particular trip through Florida, we stayed on the back roads all the way to the Keys.  It was as if we were traveling through time.  We stayed mostly on US 27 and there were parts of that route where time stood still.  We smiled, as we had the sense that we were driving through Florida, years gone past.  There were many old dilapidated trailers abandoned in front yards, rusted out bicycles, and other such stuff from the 60’s and before.  It is a very interesting drive.  We did find that there is a scarcity (actually ZERO) rest areas along the route.  So, we simply found a “wide spot in the road”, stop the truck and trailer, pull out the slides part way so that we can get to the bathroom, and take care of business.   About 130 miles south of Orlando, we stopped at Lake Okeechobee.  At the north end of the lake is the largest KOA in the US.  We stayed one night; But, we enjoyed this RV park immensely.  It has plenty to do: a miniature golf course, a full size 9 hole golf course, access to Lake Okeechobee and all the lake has to offer, and a terrific staff of people.

We left Lake Okeechobee in the morning. We took a route that took us around the east side perimeter of Lake Okeechobee and then southward to the beginning of the Overseas Highway in Homestead, FL. Highway 1,  begins in Homestead, FL and ends in Key West. Our destination is at Mile Marker 18 (MM 18), which is the location of the Sugarloaf Key KOA. At the KOA, there are two spaces located directly on a channel linking the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. We made our home for 7 nights at one of these spots. Even though sewer wasn’t part of the utility hookups, the campground offers a “honey” wagon to cycle through the campground and empty folks’ sewers when needed. This is a $15 charge and it doesn’t matter how much sewage and grey water is pumped. It’s a flat fee. Our friends, Rick and Sandra, from the Isle of Palms met us at the Sugarloaf KOA. They set up camp up in a space right next door. Rick and Sandra parked their Motorhome is such a way that we formed a “compound” with them. Our front doors were directly across the “patio” from each other. It worked great for conversation and simply enjoying each others’ company.

We became good “friends” with a group of Iguanas. These reptiles were quite playful and very domesticated. They had no fear of humans. The males have an orange hue and the females are much smaller and are blue-green in color. The Iguanas walked freely around the campground as if they owned the place. There was nothing to fear since these reptiles are herbivores…they did provide a source of great entertainment throughout our stay at the KOA.

2 Comments

  1. Love this, Joe! I have never been to the Keys so fun to live through you, vicariously! Thanks for taking the time to keep us posted!

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