BubbaFest: Epic Bicycling Adventure in the Florida Keys

By: Lauren Tjaden


The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.  ~ Iris Murdoch

If you want to really see a road, see it from a bike. You can feel the pavement curve under your tires and smell the air. You see birds, and the way the sun dapples the leaves.

And, if you want a road that’s really worth seeing, you can’t do any better than the Overseas Highway. Imagine sweeping stretches of emerald-hued water, bridges arching between islands and tiny deer trotting into the bushes, and you’ll have it about right.

Also known as U.S. Highway 1, the road connects the Keys with each other and the Florida mainland. The highway was designated an All-American Road in 2009, the highest recognition possible under the National Scenic Byways program.

Now you have a chance to pedal the Overseas Highway in an epic adventure. The BubbaFest Bike Tour rolls into the Florida Keys Nov. 3-10, 2012, offering 200 miles of scenic fun. Led by retired police sergeant and biking enthusiast Bubba Barron, the adventure takes cycling fans from Key Largo to Key West and back.

Cyclists will proceed at their own pace, averaging 45 miles each day over mostly flat terrain. They’ll enjoy accommodations at waterfront campgrounds. Support vehicles are available to transport anyone who wants a break from cycling, and both a bike mechanic and a licensed massage therapist travel with the group.

Biking is just the tip of the handlebar. The schedule features a layover day at Marathon in the Middle Keys and two layover days in Key West. Non-cycling activities include:

  • Swimming with dolphins
  • Visiting eco-attractions
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Sunning
  • Exploring galleries and boutiques

The details: BubbaFest begins in Key Largo Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, with registration at the Hampton Inn at Manatee Bay, 102400 Overseas Highway, followed by a welcome reception and beachside dinner.

The fee is $675 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.

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