Bicycle Diaries

30 years riding, 15 years writing

South Pointe

Sunrise at the 12th Ave bridge

Sunrise on the 12th Ave bridge

Woke up and wanted to see the sunrise, so I headed a few blocks over to the 12th Ave bridge. Those yachts on the right party hard at night, the music is super loud, you can hear it clearly from across the Miami river.

I love walking around, it gives you an even better feel for your surroundings than biking does.

Have not encountered any issues in this city, yes we have homeless, but they are harmless and only ask for some change or a cigarette.

South Pointe, Miami Beach

Trek Fuel 70 at South Pointe

Had not gone to South Pointe in years, I did not recognize the southern end of Miami Beach. For the life of me, I didn’t know there was this much land to build huge skyscrapers on.

Riding the boardwalk that meanders along the rear of the posh hotels, with their open air restaurants and glistening pools, reminded me of the Miami Beach of old.

Caught a glimpse of Annette Funicello by one of the pools ;)

Key West

Trek Fuel 70 in South Pointe Beach

Couldn’t leave this week to Key West, the weather was not cooperating and my feet needed to recover from that long freaking walk I did 2 weeks ago.

Going to the beach today and walking along the shoreline barefoot cured all my ills. The small toenail that was deciding on staying on or coming off, finally came off. The blisters that erupted along the 25 mile stretch from Miami to Homestead are better now, and any dead skin was evaporated in today’s surf. No pain, no gain, right?

So Key West is on, the weather looks good for a Wednesday (17) to Thursday (18) bike ride next week. Still want to take off from the Caribbean Club in Key Largo and ride to Sombrero Beach on Wednesday.

On Thursday morning I’ll be able to see the sun rising up for the duration of the 30 minute ride over the 7 mile bridge, gotta time the morning’s departure just right.

distance 21.50 miles