Friday, January 6, 2017

Motorcycle Ride to Key Biscayne National Park and Conch Fritters at Alabama Jacks

Man, this is the time of year when I miss riding my motorcycle in Florida.  Right now, in Tennessee, it is 17 degrees.  It is a long 8 weeks until motorcycle riding season.  Having these memories to get me through the long winter months is good.  We had a great ride to Key Biscayne National Park a year ago with a return trip to Alabama Jacks.  Best Conch Fritters in the state of Florida.

From our home for a week in Weston, northwest of Miami, it is a short 1 1/2 ride to Key Biscayne National Park.  We leave Weston on US Highway 27, which sits on the western shore of Miami.  Although Miami looks like it sits on the coast of Florida, it is actually an Island with the Atlantic on the Eastern shore and the Everglade Swamps on the Western shore.  US Highway 27 runs down the western coast, where we join Florida 997 to Homestead.  Once in Homestead, we take a right onto SW 338th Street, which turns into North Canal Drive.  Which brings us right to the National Park Visitor Center.

After taking a short tour of the Visitor Center, we walk the long pier where boats take visitors to the outer Islands and barrier reefs.  It was great to come and see this magnificent park, if only for a short time.

"Biscayne National Park encompasses coral reefs, islands, and shoreline mangrove forest in the northern Florida Keys.  Its reefs and islands are accessible only by boat.  Dolphins, turtles, and pelicans live in Biscayne Bay Lagoon.  The underwater Maritime Heritage Trail links dive sites, most of them shipwrecks.  On Boca Chita Key, Boca Chita Lighthouse has coastal views.  A museum at Convoy Point explains local ecosystems." -Wikipedia. 

After our visit to Key Biscayne, it's time for lunch.  So we hop on the bikes for a short ride to Alabama Jacks.  Coming back from Key West, we first stopped here and promptly fell in love with this place.  It is an open-air bar and Restaurant sitting on 905A Card Sound Road in an Everglade Mangrove Forest.  We loved the Raw Oysters and the best Conch fritter in Florida.  That's what they said, anyway.  I have to admit they were awesome.

After a fulfilling lunch, it was time to head back to the condo.  We did have to dodge a few thunderstorms but made it home mostly dry.

I don't know when we'll return to Florida, but sitting here in this cold weather, the time can't come fast enough.

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