I try not to forget how dramatic my commute is, just a couple of feet above the ocean, but from time to time I do wish people could pick up the pace. Even now in June when the winter slow pokes are long gone we find ourselves trundling along ten or more miles an hour under the limit/ It's tough when you are living to a schedule but you can see why visitors tend to look around and slow down.
I got this next image from the Internet because it reminded me distracted drivers are also well in evidence on the Overseas Highway and where in the past I thought weaving meant drunk nowadays it could but it could also mean reading the phone. So when I spotted a couple of these motorcycle killers I decided yesterday was he day to slow own and pull myself and my Suzuki aside from the flow.
There are things you will see on your commute, things that flash by, work day after work day and you never take the time to stop and investigate, so after one too many slow pokes, one too many near misses from a distracted driver I decided yesterday, returning home from my exercise class, I would do just that: investigate. This marker has caught my attention over the years and it turns out it was an NFL player riding his bicycle in 2014 who was struck and killed instantly by an apparently distracted driver who claimed he didn't notice he'd killed a man:
A little further along I pulled aside again, this time at the Sugarloaf Lodge. There was a note on Facebook not so long ago about the return of the sign after Hurricane Irma tore it all down:
In point of fact the roof of the sign is still on the ground. It used to look like this:
And then there is the bicycle bridge to nowhere opposite Sugarloaf School. I sopped there too and pulled off the roadway. They ran out of money after they built the bridge, but there is supposed to be a full bike path along Sugarloaf one day. As we have seen its needed to keep cyclists out of traffic.
On the opposite side of the highway is this absurd For Sale sign. It looks real but all there is behind it is mangroves to the horizon interspersed with water. It's like a classic Florida case of someone selling real estate made up mostly of water. Utterly weird.
At Mile Marker 20 there is a bus shelter which is no unusual thing, they have put them all along the highway for many of the stops between Key West and Marathon. The odd thing about this one, and I see it almost every day is the advertising. The campground has been closed for major repairs and renovation since Hurricane Irma and yet the advertising is in place as though nothing happened. The Category Four hurricane came ashore just up the road from here...
It is an odd stretch of roadway is US 1. Like I said at the beginning there are all sorts of reasons to slow down and look around. At least I've finally taken the time to satisfy my curiosity about some of them.