If you tuned in a few weeks ago, you saw my post about the impacts that Hurricane Irma had on the Florida Keys in September of 2017. I’m back to tell you about the recovery. I got the fantastic opportunity to show these beautiful islands to some Backroads Trip Leaders over three days. We biked 165 miles from Miami to Key West, showing solidarity for our Keys friends as we road on bikes from All Keys Cycles.Read more
About: John Sheetz
John Sheetz grew up in south Florida and the Florida Keys, snorkeling, fishing and canoeing. After graduating from Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he now lives, he was a manager at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park and then a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine. He's worked for Backroads since 2007 and leads trips mostly in Italy, the Czech Republic and the Southern US. He loves to read, cook and bike ride, which he does regularly with his wife. When he's not working for Backroads, he licenses and trains therapeutic foster parents.
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The Florida Keys are a string of coral islands that stretch southwest from the end of the state. They were historically oriented toward the Caribbean, and a center for boat trade and commerce. Key West was the largest town in Florida and the richest per capita in the US. In the early 1900's, Henry Flagler connected them to the rest of Florida by railroad. Today, 42 bridges connect the archipelago, and many of Flagler's original bridges have been designated as part of the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail for biking, fishing and walking. The Seven Mile Bridge, south of Marathon, was an engineering marvel and the longest in the world when built.Read more
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