Visits to My Old Florida will take you down dirt roads, up tannin-colored rivers and into towns that look like they did 50 or more years ago.
Change has come and continues so quickly that much of the backbone of what was has eroded, turning hard-won footholds in the land into rivers of asphalt and mountains of cement. Like much of America, Florida is undergoing homogenization and My Old Florida hopes to lead you into places that have held onto their sometimes scrappy, sometimes elegant charm.
Certain roads call out to be driven from one end to the other. These were frequently roads that had been the big roads before turnpikes and interstates took that distinction. And like a lot of former “big” roads, parts of them have become time machines ready to take you back.
US 1 Part 1: Through the Florida Keys to the mainland
US 1 weaves its way up through the Keys starting in Key West where mile marker 0 says here is the beginning of a road that keeps going for almost 2400 miles before saying goodbye in northern Maine at the Canadian Border.
But when you start at MM-0, it's a different world. The streets are full of folks intent on making each day in paradise count. There is so much to see and do in Key West and the waters that surround it that it's hard to get this road trip started but you won't be sorry you did.
When you leave Key West you run a bunch of different worlds. Some keys are all about fishing, some about finding great seafood, some about shopping, some about getting a perfect tan or just doing nothing at all. And sprinkled throughout are a handful of really terrific state parks. Want to sleep on the beach and not get arrested, the parks have a place for you.
By the time you get to Homestead over on the mainland you will be living on island time and loving it. Read more about US1 in the Keys.
US 27 — from Glitz to Gophers
© Copyright 2012: text Sue Harrison; photos Sue Harrison and Lee Brock for MyOldFlorida.com.