Friday, March 4, 2016
The Last Long hike - on the Threshold of Key West
"Key West or Bust" - Day 134
Today I did twenty-three miles - more than I had intended - between Big Pine Key and the island on which the city of Key West sits, which I guess is called Key West too.
The landscape is different here than on the middle keys. The geography is so flat, and so perfectly poised right around sea level, that in many places it's hard to distinguish between land and sea.
Where mangroves get a foothold they can create land. When storms come along and uproot them, their little islands get washed away.What would the birds do for vantage points if not for human construction in this pancake-flat country?
The bike path follows closely beside the road everywhere today except for a section on Summerland Key where a boardwalk takes the hiker/biker north for a walk beside a shallow lagoon.
Tomorrow, unless I drop dead overnight, I'm going to reach the destination I've had in my sights since I left the Appalachian Trail more than four months ago. Watch this space.
Here is a map of the route hiked, and a link to more photos:
Big Pine Key to Key West at EveryTrail
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