D day Key West to San Diego ride

Sunday morning eleven of us motorcycle riders start their own personal adventure with Naples, Florida on their sight. Personal because no one is guiding the when to start or required route. My friend Russ and I plan for an early morning departure to ensure we don’t get stuck on any of that key west to Miami traffic.

There are two ways to cross the bottom of the Florida peninsula — the fast four-lane Alligator Alley (I-75), or the more scenic two-lane Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41).

Both roads will take you through miles of Everglades scenery with glimpses of alligators sunning along the waterways and Everglades birds in the trees.

We are going for the Tamiami Trail as it gets you closer to the scenery, and offers several outstanding stops along the way.

Naples and the Glades motel is our overnight stop. About midday we have a planned lunch stop at Joanies Blue crab cafe.

No more chickens or roosters on the road now that we are out of key west. The new theme now is alligators. The highway 75 offers alligator alley as its road motto.

1023 hours – Arrived early at Alabama jacks after crossing the card sound bridge. Russ and I are riding somewhat together. He is back somewhere but we refueled up together at Key Largo. I told him I would meet him at my current stop – Alabama Jacks. Great conch fritters.

Arrived at Alabama’s 45 minutes before opening time. We ordered and were served Arnold Palmer drinks. Right on cue when tge kitchen opened out came the conch fritters. Obe order was plenty for two possibly three people.

Jaime’s road house cafe was our planned lunch stop. Russ ordered the cajun grilled grouper and I the gator nuggets. His looked way better than mine.

We are now checked into this 1.5 star tiny little Indian run motel. I knew he would make it up. Our hotel organizer splurged on the key west room which means he now has to make it up. Day1 lodgings a 10. Day 2 lodging a 3.5.

Smallest post office. The Inspector is in!