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      05-11-2021, 10:31 AM   #221
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Headed to Key West this weekend for a family wedding & some snorkeling. Will be about a 4-4.5hr drive, but will be a blast.
I don't know if you are a vet or a newb to this drive, but 4-4.5hr from Ft. Lauderdale sounds a bit optimistic to me. Especially heading into a weekend. Everybody and their second cousin twice removed is heading into the Keys on a Friday, and lots of them are driving motorhomes, and/or towing boats. It is frequently a long slow parade. It might be prudent to allow some extra time, like a couple of hours, especially if you are committed to arriving at a certain time. Best of luck to the happy couple, and stay away from the lionfish.
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Headed to Key West this weekend for a family wedding & some snorkeling. Will be about a 4-4.5hr drive, but will be a blast.
I have been dying to make that trek since moving to Florida. Im on the other coast and it sounds like about 8 hours total. Thought about going to Miami (3 hours), staying over and then shooting out early AM. Enjoy the trip...

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I don't know if you are a vet or a newb to this drive, but 4-4.5hr from Ft. Lauderdale sounds a bit optimistic to me. Especially heading into a weekend. Everybody and their second cousin twice removed is heading into the Keys on a Friday, and lots of them are driving motorhomes, and/or towing boats. It is frequently a long slow parade. It might be prudent to allow some extra time, like a couple of hours, especially if you are committed to arriving at a certain time. Best of luck to the happy couple, and stay away from the lionfish.
Now I have to see what Linofish is. I have only heard about the Garden of Eden...
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I don't know if you are a vet or a newb to this drive, but 4-4.5hr from Ft. Lauderdale sounds a bit optimistic to me. Especially heading into a weekend. Everybody and their second cousin twice removed is heading into the Keys on a Friday, and lots of them are driving motorhomes, and/or towing boats. It is frequently a long slow parade. It might be prudent to allow some extra time, like a couple of hours, especially if you are committed to arriving at a certain time. Best of luck to the happy couple, and stay away from the lionfish.
Hahaha, definitely not my 1st time down fortunately. I'm headed down Thurs. around noon, so shouldn't have insane traffic. Otherwise, yeah you're totally spot on.

I live for the spots where the passing lane opens up to increase my time lol. Looking right now, it says it'll take exactly 4hrs to get down there. I bet I can knock off a good amount of time, but once you hit that single lane, who knows?
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Hahaha, definitely not my 1st time down fortunately. I'm headed down Thurs. around noon, so shouldn't have insane traffic. Otherwise, yeah you're totally spot on.

I live for the spots where the passing lane opens up to increase my time lol. Looking right now, it says it'll take exactly 4hrs to get down there. I bet I can knock off a good amount of time, but once you hit that single lane, who knows?
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I have been dying to make that trek since moving to Florida. Im on the other coast and it sounds like about 8 hours total. Thought about going to Miami (3 hours), staying over and then shooting out early AM. Enjoy the tr

Now I have to see what Linofish is. I have only heard about the Garden of Eden...


West coast to Miami, and south to Florida City is all done on I75 and the Turnpike at reasonable cruising speeds (or better...your choice). Once you enter the Keys in Key Largo the road becomes primarily single lane through endless retail and tourist accommodations with very few opportunities for passing. The numerous bridges between islands offer beautiful views of the open ocean and Florida Bay, and the whole experience is definitely worth it. I just point out the Keys slog in response to your thoughts about the layover in Miami. I think you're on the right track there.
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West coast to Miami, and south to Florida City is all done on I75 and the Turnpike at reasonable cruising speeds (or better...your choice). Once you enter the Keys in Key Largo the road becomes primarily single lane through endless retail and tourist accommodations with very few opportunities for passing. The numerous bridges between islands offer beautiful views of the open ocean and Florida Bay, and the whole experience is definitely worth it. I just point out the Keys slog in response to your thoughts about the layover in Miami. I think you're on the right track there.
Thanks for posting that video. It is quite interesting.
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West coast to Miami, and south to Florida City is all done on I75 and the Turnpike at reasonable cruising speeds (or better...your choice). Once you enter the Keys in Key Largo the road becomes primarily single lane through endless retail and tourist accommodations with very few opportunities for passing. The numerous bridges between islands offer beautiful views of the open ocean and Florida Bay, and the whole experience is definitely worth it. I just point out the Keys slog in response to your thoughts about the layover in Miami. I think you're on the right track there.
HAHA, I know about actual Lionfish. I was thinking it was some type of strange drag bar or whatnot based on the wording.

My wife is dreading the drive but we are 3-3.5 hours from Sarasota to Miami. Then once I hit the top of the Keys I want to drop the top and experience all there is to see.
After we driver it once, I told her we could take the Keywest Express out of Fort Meyers...but I need to drive it once to experience the beauty
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HAHA, I know about actual Lionfish. I was thinking it was some type of strange drag bar or whatnot based on the wording.

My wife is dreading the drive but we are 3-3.5 hours from Sarasota to Miami. Then once I hit the top of the Keys I want to drop the top and experience all there is to see.
After we driver it once, I told her we could take the Keywest Express out of Fort Meyers...but I need to drive it once to experience the beauty
It's a lovely drive if you're not in a hurry. Drop the top and go with the flow. If you see something interesting then stop for a minute and check it out. I made the trip a long time ago on a Goldwing Interstate. Open air is the way to go. Have fun.
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I made the trip a long time ago on a Goldwing Interstate. Open air is the way to go. Have fun.
Did mine on my KRS. Riding those bridges is quite an experience.

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Hahaha, definitely not my 1st time down fortunately. I'm headed down Thurs. around noon, so shouldn't have insane traffic. Otherwise, yeah you're totally spot on.

I live for the spots where the passing lane opens up to increase my time lol. Looking right now, it says it'll take exactly 4hrs to get down there. I bet I can knock off a good amount of time, but once you hit that single lane, who knows?
All of the bridges including the "7 Mile Bridge" are 2 lanes, and not overly wide ones at that. The strange thing is that nearly all of them permit passing, and they present the best passing opportunities. Not for the timid though.
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Geez man, I can only conclude that pickings were slim then eh?

I mean, doesn't he have a friend, doesn't even have to be a good friend, or even a neighbour that he knows...


Seriously though, congrats to him, and have fun! Make sure you embarrass him!
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Geez man, I can only conclude that pickings were slim then eh?

I mean, doesn't he have a friend, doesn't even have to be a good friend, or even a neighbour that he knows...


Seriously though, congrats to him, and have fun! Make sure you embarrass him!
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