708 Miles Down, 102 To Go

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102601 Overseas Hwy
Key Largo, FL 33037
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I took off out of my BBQ paradise and had to take back streets around my planned route which was under construction. Pretty fun ride until I hit the 30+ MPH headwinds trying to go up the Key Largo bridge. That was extremely unpleasant but the view from the top was pretty cool.

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The sister of a DeBary resident is the Assistant Park Manager of Pennekamp Park and offered me a place to sleep which was gratefully accepted. She also gave me a ride to the Nike Missle Site which was a location I planned on exploring while in the area. It is leftover remnants from the Cold War era and pretty cool!

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As is the case in most Urban Exploring, the facility is really wild and subtly scary. It is way more vast than it appears from overhead or even standing outside. They had just shot a zombie movie on-site and it’s easy to see why.

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I also couldn’t help but think about all those people who worked and lived there for that era. Oddly enough, the Park Manager, Cass said that no one has ever been back through under her watch with stories of having resided there. Completely worth a look if you’re into that kind of thing and can be responsible about it.

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On the way back, Cass offered a spagetti dinner with her family which again was graciously accepted. I hate being one of those people that post pictures of food but when you’re moneyless and the trip is so extensive, a hot meal has a distinct feeling of euphoria.

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Pennekamp Park is a lot of fun and a worthy place to stay if you’re in the area. The swimming area is mostly rocks which is just part of the landscape outthere which was hell on my feet but the facility is immaculately maintained and more civilized than you would expect from a campsite. Apparently, the whole strip happens to be on Walkin’ Lawton’s trail. Can’t help but be inspired for a possible future adventure…

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