The One After Waking Up On The Boardwalk

Date : 1/5/24 — Day 4

Location : Upper Sugarloaf Key, FL, Intersection of US Route 1 and Crane Boulevard 

Starting Point : MM 20.4

Weather : 


Let’s Go!

To recover from yesterday’s fiasco, I stretched a bit last night, forgot to do so again this morning, and took 4 “aspirin” — or Tylenol, ie, whatever was in our bathroom closet.  Something is helping.  Initially, my legs and thorax were tight, requiring 30 minutes to limber up and move freely.

Now, 2 miles up the trail, I stopped at the Kickin’ Back food mart, mostly because I was out of water.  The store offers all the usual soft drinks and junk food items, an assortment of alcohol, a small automotive section in the corner if you need to repair something, pet food, etc.  Everything a food desert needs to thrive.

While here, I refilled my 2x 2L water bottles and re-paid the owner’s wife for her kind gesture by buying nearly $25 in Pringles, Cheetos, and an Arizona energy drink.

Many thanks to my long time buddy, Craig, who donated the funds for today’s carbo loading.  

In-between MM 20 and MM 22

Here are a few sights just north of the boardwalk.

Find the Easter egg In the photo, below 👇🏼.

The road less taken.

The rail is hellaciously well-built.

Even so, it looks like untreated pine was used for the fence posts.  Life will “find a way”, and so something is slowly turning the untreated lumber to sawdust.  In some places, the damage is starting to affect the cross rails.

Easter Egg 🥚 🐣 Answer

This may be a weather monitoring blimp or a drug boat/plane interdiction sensor.  Perhaps both!


After making myself sick on Pringles 🥔, Tostitos cheese 🧀, and Arizona tea 🥤, I returned to the trail, heading northward.

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