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1,000 Miles

♫ But I would walk five hundred miles
And I would walk five hundred more
Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles
To fall down at your door ♫

No. I have not walked 1,000 miles this year. I’ve walked over 700 miles though. In 2019 (a “normal” year) I walked about 900 miles. Same for 2018.

This past Monday I hit 1,000 on my odometer of my new car – in my 116TH day of driving it. That’s an average of less than 9 miles per day. It was a tough 1,000 miles. I get the feeling that the next 1,000 miles won’t take another 116 days to do so. Looking back to earlier this year I actually drove 1,175 miles in June and 1,227 miles in July – mostly in a road-trip between South Florida and South Alabama. I don’t have any long road-trips like that one planned anytime soon; although, I am planning a trip over to Southwest Florida towards the end of March. By then I expect to be over 2,000 on my odometer.

Now that the weather is cooler, dryer, and nicer here in South Florida I plan to get out more, and drive around to various tourist attractions near me. I may even drive down U.S. 1 into the Florida Keys. The “18-Mile Stretch” is what we call the stretch of U.S. 1 between Florida City (mainland) and Key Largo (top of the Keys). I live about 3 miles from the north-end of the stretch.

I haven’t driven down to the Keys in about 6 years. (I was last in Key West not quite 3 years ago via cruise ship.)

I think that an ideal trip would be to drive southward into the Keys on a Monday or a Tuesday, spend a couple of nights in Marathon or Key West at a hotel, and then return northward on a Wednesday or a Thursday (avoiding all weekend traffic during this “high season”). Of course I’d have a list of fun places along the way that I’d want to visit.

Yeah let me get started on that list and that road-trip planning. I got excited just writing about it !

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