US Route 1, Part 1 - Day 03
Tuesday, December 21, 2004

 Today's Narrative 

Today we traveled from West Palm Beach, FL to Key West, FL

Another traveling day. Thanks to my brother for the couch last night and a warm shower and shave this morning.

We arrived at Key West about 10pm. And promptly discovered the folks around here don't take to van campers (my brother had mentioned this to me). Every where we tried to park there were signs about no overnight parking, vehicles towed, etc. And I saw several police cars with "Parking Enforcement" on them. I guess they are serious. Kinda snobby, actually :)

So we turned around and drove back down US 1 away from Key West. Finally found a place called "Eduardo's Latina Cantina," which has a large sign proudly advertising, "Thai Food, Thurs - Sun." Go figure.

Today was educational:
- I assumed US 1 out to Key West would be rather desolate with tropical vegetation on both sides. Parts are, but large sections are commercially developed (gas stations, fast food joints, bait and tackle shops, marinas, etc.)
- I assumed that gasoline on the road to Key West would be significantly more expensive than gasoline in Miami. This is partially true. I bought gas for 1.929 in Miami. On US 1 going to Key West I saw gas as cheap as 1.789 (frown), but gas in Key West proper is 2.119.

Gonna watch a DVD and hit the sack. 'Night.

 Today's Pictures 
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My brother's place.
If you're like me and think cell towers win the all time ugly award, you'll like this. We need more of this. Why not mount cell towers, when practical, on top of electric line transmission towers? Pix taken on Hwy 441 in WPB, FL. Alfred would be proud! Downtown Miami. Here we clearly have a case of an overachieving graffiti artist. Sorry the pix is blurred; it was taken on the run.

 Today's Stats 

Beginning time: 12:30p
Ending time: 10:30p
Net driving time (includes stops, etc.): 10 hours
Begining odometer: 117841
Ending odometer: 118130
Net miles today: 289
Average MPH: 28.9
Total trip mileage: 971

Gasoline: $50 - $1.929/gallon in South Miami, FL
Food, ice, etc.: $9
Lodging: $0
Other: $0

 Thought For The Day 

From Denise in IN...

Six thoughts that make you go hummmmm?

  1. Ever wonder about those people who spend at least a dollar on those little bottles of Evian water? Try spelling Evian backwards: NAIVE
  2. Isn't having a smoking section in a restaurant like having a peeing section in a swimming pool?
  3. OK.... so if the Jacksonville Jaguars are known as the "Jags" and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are known as the "Bucs," what does that make the Tennessee Titans?
  4. If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea...does that mean the fifth one enjoys it?
  5. If people from Poland are called Poles, why aren't people from Holland called Holes?
  6. Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?

 Joke Of The Day 

From Geri in CA:

At work Sally Ann, a blonde, naturally :), stuck a ball point pen in the copier and broke it. She called for service and left this note on the copier.

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