This past Saturday, my group, MSAR (Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Riders) had the honor of being invited to participate in a parade hosted by the city of Homestead; to remember and honor those that died on 9/11. Of course, you don’t have to ask bikers twice to participate in a great cause.
The city of Homestead is a short distance from the Florida Keys, so my girlfriend and I decided it was a good way to sneak in a mini-vacation. Come Sunday night, after a break in the storms, we left for Miami. I was riding my Honda VTX.
When entering or leaving the Florida Keys, you have two options: ride through US 1 or Card Sound Road. The stretch of road through US-1 is 18 miles long versus 25 miles through Card Sound. The speed limit on Card Sound is also 10 miles per hour less.
Via US-1, the cagers are always in a rush, speeding, tailgating, etc… versus Card Sound Road, on a busy day you may come across 10 cars throughout the whole ride. Few cagers even know that road exists and those that do know, know that is a slower route so they tend to avoid it. Of course, as a motorcycle rider, guess which road I took.
I have no idea how many times I have ridden through Card Sound Road, suffice to exaggerate “a million times,” but I do know I have only ridden through there a few times at night. Since it was late on a Sunday night, it was dark, desolate, far from the lights of the city; the perfect riding road. The best part, the lightening storm lighting up the midnight sky.
Bikers are a different breed. We seek the roads less traveled, always take the scenic route, and if there is no cell signal, then that’s a bonus.
It doesn’t matter how many times you have ridden down the same road before because the reality is, it never gets old.
Hope to see you on those desolate roads,
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