FLORIDA KEYS — Bicycling enthusiasts can pedal through the Florida Keys on one of America’s most scenic highways during the 200-mile BubbaFest Bike Tour, set Saturday through Saturday, Nov. 5-12.
The fully supported seven-night adventure was created by retired police sergeant Bubba Barron as a way for fellow bicycling fans to discover the Keys’ environment and attractions while enjoying their favorite sport.
BubbaFest cyclists travel from Key Largo to Key West and back along the Overseas Highway (U.S. Highway 1), traversing 42 bridges between islands and long vistas of breathtaking open water. In 2009 the highway was designated an All-American Road, the highest recognition possible under the National Scenic Byways program.
Riders proceed at their own pace each day, with plenty of time for activities ranging from swimming with dolphins and visiting eco-attractions to sailing, snorkeling, sunning and exploring galleries and boutiques. The schedule features a layover day at Marathon in the Middle Keys and two layover days in Key West.
Attractions include manageable mileage averaging 45 miles per day, a mostly flat route suited to riders of all abilities, warm subtropical temperatures and accommodations at waterfront campgrounds. Support vehicles are available to transport anyone who wants a break from cycling, and a bike mechanic and licensed massage therapist travel with the group.
BubbaFest begins in Key Largo Saturday, Nov. 5, with a 2-4 p.m. registration at Key Largo’s Hampton Inn at Manatee Bay, 102400 Overseas Highway, followed by a beachside dinner.
The fee is $625 per rider, which includes six nights at beachside campgrounds, seven breakfasts and five dinners, a private open-air trolley tour of Key West, a farewell dinner dance and services of a baggage truck and support vehicle. Motel lodging and “pampering” service are available for an additional fee.
Event information: www.bubbafestbiketours.com
Florida Keys visitor information: www.fla-keys.com or 1-800-FLA-KEYS (1-800-352-5397
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