Monday, October 27, 2008


At the request of many, I will continue to update my blog from time to time during my stay in Key West, including posting pictures of the city.

The first several days have been one of adjusting to not riding everyday, getting a feel for Key West, getting basic essentials for the next month and learning what the "locals" do. A lot of just walking around getting familiar with the city.

I picked the busiest weekend of the year to arrive in Key West. Fantasy Festival, a street party and parade attended by over 50,000 people. What a party!!!!!! People everywhere, packed restaurants and bars and plenty of good old-fashioned fun. Even the dogs party hard, note the picture I took Sunday morning after the big parade!!!!!

Today things seem to be back to normal, although this upcoming weekend is the beginning of the World Powerboat Championship races, the 17th annual Parrot Head Meeting of the Minds, a weekend convention of the Jimmy Buffet Parrot Head Clubs and of course Halloween.

This past Saturday, the Panhandle Alliance for Education successfully launched it's early childhood literacy program. 90 families participated (they planned for about 55) and the initial program was very well received. It is still not too late to donate. Simply go to the donation section of the website and make your contribution today. As I have said many times before, this is an investment in the future of our children as well as our own future.

As I begin to summarize and reflect back on the ride I will share various facts and tidbits from time to time as I continue to update my blog. Today's summary--Left Sandpoint, Idaho June 1, 2008 and arrived in Key West, Florida October 23, 2008. Ride took a total of 146 days, with approximately 40 days off to sight see and visit friends and family. Rode a total of 10,033 miles, approximately 95 miles per day at an average of about 12-13 miles per hour. Rode through 26 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Best way to describe the ride--"Like being on a scenic driving trip in a car, only in slow motion".

Until the next update, have a great week.


At October 28, 2008 4:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

your blog has been great. don t stop now. probably more istory then i ever learned in school. way more intresting. lol
hope to see u on here more.
our weather has been very cool not like what u have.
lets hear from u soon. dad

At October 30, 2008 8:25 AM , Blogger Esther Sunday said...

Mel - many congrats on such a wonderful accomplishment on so many levels! It has been really fun "riding" along with you! Melanie Reed

At October 30, 2008 3:19 PM , Anonymous Mike Johnson said...

Wow Mel. What an enormous accomplishment. You look like somebody who eats nails for breakfast in that Southernmost photo! Congrats on your success and your efforts for the Panhandle Alliance.

Mike, Melissa and Maren Johnson
Seattle, WA


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