The ride leaving the keys was bitter sweet for me. I wanted to stay and play for a few more nights with my friends but I also wanted to get this Northerly stuff to start happening. The rains weren't letting up either but I didn't care. I had an interesting layer of Bourbon, glitter and rainwater on me within the first few miles or riding. All I knew for certain is that today is going to be a long and hot day.
I decided at the spur of the moment to skip alligator alley. Alligator alley (the lower route) cuts right thru the Everglades to the west side of Florida. Its scenic but I think it's almost a hundred miles of perfectly straight and boring road. I took a new route that I've never been on but I highly recommend. It cut diagonally to Tampa and skirted the giant Lake Okechobee
|I took the route in yellow|
I rolled into my brothers house at 4 or 5. His wife and twins came outside to great me just as I rolled into the driveway. His kids are young so the sight of me on the bike rolling up their driveway gave them a shock. They screamed "Uncle Danny" when I took off my helmet it was pretty cute how they went from scared to happy as hell to see me.