Monthly Archives: June 2015

The blog is up in the bike stand but please come spin the wheels!

The blog is having a few cables replaced and a new BB installed, but it’s still open for exploration! Feel free to message me about anything that needs some tuning while riding around these pages.

IMG_0182The posts from The 2014 Adventure are slooowly being written, edited and posted and I still have a thousand photos to upload and write interesting things about after 3 months on the road throughout the Northwest United States. Hopefully the beta about our route west will be useful to others wanting to link hundreds of miles of car free riding on dirt, gravel and railroad ballast while carrying 8 liters of water each! That’s some wild country far from civilization! There’s also a bunch of 4-5 year old posts imported from Key West Velo floating around in here now as well with bad photo links due to a lost host.

ChillysBizCard1flatChilly’s Bicycle Shop is a large part of my focus in general right now as I open a bicycle shop in Key West, Florida. Can’t make it down? No worries, a full online store is being built! All this while fixing lots of bicycles and selling panniers and appropriate sundries. Woohaaa! Stop by and say hi. I’m buying an espresso machine soon to increase productivity! How much maple syrup do you take?

6/10/15 Glades/Lauderdale/Miami/Glades 3 Day Tour

Day 3 Wednesday, June 10th, 2015
39.6 miles

IMG_6473Fancy breakfast in The Grove.

 

IMG_6475There’s some really great infrastructure along the path.

 

IMG_6478Very cool taking the trails long distances.

 

 

IMG_6480Beautiful!

 

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IMG_6490Whaaaaaat!?!?

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Awesome bikepath network!

 

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Two bedroom/two bath apartment for $800 a month!?!? We are defo not in Key West!

 

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6/9/15 Glades/Lauderdale/Miami/Glades 3 Day Tour

Day 2 Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Fort Lauderdale to Miami

 

IMG_6443Rest and shade along Miami Mid Beach

IMG_6444We waited out a serious downpour. Wet. Very wet. Drinking beer was waaay better than getting wet. Really wet!

 

 

IMG_6450Not too bad on the bridge detour. Not great either tho’!

 

IMG_6451Yay Gramps! Reppin’ Key West!

 

IMG_6453On the fun side of the Wynwood Brewery bar window!

 

IMG_6454The Chilly obligatory keg pic when visiting a brewery. Thanks Alonda!

 

IMG_6457Sunset in the city.

 

IMG_6458Yummy

 

IMG_6459Aaand back on the outside!

 

IMG_6460Yay Shawn, one of our hosts!

IMG_6462The doggys like Eddy!

 

6/10/15 Glades/Lauderdale/Miami/Glades 3 Day Tour

6/8/15 Glades/Lauderdale/Miami/Glades 3 Day Tour

Day 1 Monday, June 8th, 2015
39.6 miles and some Tri-Rail action too!

My friend Eddy and I decided to escape the sandbar of Key West and drive up to the mainland and enjoy an urban 3 day bicycle tour. The general plan was to leave Key Weird after work and drive to the Everglades Hostel for the night, stash my van at a nearby Warmshowers host, use Tri-Rail to get to Fort Lauderdale and ride back to my van over 3 days.

IMG_6390The grounds of the Everglades Hostel are super fresh and there are lots of places to chill, climb or climb and chill!  The cargo nets go a bit higher up! There are also many cool little nooks to enjoy at ground level including a naturally spring fed swimming hole.

IMG_6391Coffee’d up and packing up. I took my lighter Soma Double Cross, Blue, rather than my touring bike. Eddy had his Jamis Aurora. We both carried only a single rear pannier as we were sleeping at a hostel, a Warmshowers host and a friend’s house. Fast and light!

IMG_6392That would suck! But homeboy looks pretty dang happy about it. I wonder what’s in his backpack!?!?

IMG_6393We drove a few miles to Gabrielle’s farm, a Warmshowers host who was kind enough to let me just park somewhere safe for a few days. Lots and lots of fruits and flowers and beauty on her farm!

IMG_6396Ghost bike we passed soon after starting our ride in an agricultural area. “In loving memory of Jesse Martin. Born October 21, 1993. Went to be with the Lord August 21, 2013” I haven’t been able to find anything on the interwebs about what happened.

IMG_6397We soon reached the M Path which is also a busway and pretty much traffic free though not particularly scenic.

IMG_6398Eddy has dreamed of seeing the Coral Castle, built by a fellow Latvian. We planned our route to visit and tour the property.

IMG_6410Latvian suntanning bed!

 

 

IMG_6413Sundial measurements.

 

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IMG_6419Latvians, then and now!

IMG_6423The June sun in South Florida is no joke. I prefer to cover up rather than wear sunblock. We felt like bicycle insurgents invading Miami from the south!

IMG_6424Awesome bicycle crossroads.

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IMG_6432Under the train and  paralleling the always congested Route 1.

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No stop sign. And there’s not burning hospitals and the world coming to an end! Not just for Portland, Oregon or states that are not Florida. Why does Key West City management suck so much?!

IMG_6435And then there is the area near the airport, at rush hour. Not fun on bicycles and not even room to pass. Yay exhaust fumes and exhaust heat!

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Day two here!