Michelle’s Bike

Posted: July 22, 2012 in Florida, HDR, Nikon D90

When I was in the Florida Keys, I noticed that there was a section of the old 7-mile bridge that was still open for pedestrian use between Marathon and Pelican Key. Somehow, I convinced my friend Jeff that we “needed” to walk that section out to Pelican Key and back. Something about being character-building, and historical; and whatever else it took to get Jeff to go. Anyway, he agreed and we set off. What I didn’t realize is that the hike is 2 miles, each way, in the direct Florida sun, on asphalt. We joked along the way about it being so hot that even Bob Ross’s forehead (on my amazing Bob Ross T-shirt) was sweating. And we ended up getting past quite a few times by people who were smart enough to bike the trail, instead of walk.

When we finally got to the island, one of the women who past us on the trail, was sitting on the curb resting. She told me she loved my Bob Ross T-shirt, and apparently had the opportunity to do some nude modeling for him at one point (although from her appearance, this may have just been some sort of drug-induced dream, seeing as how Bob Ross is a landscape painter). We talked to her for a while and found out that her name was Michelle, she relocated to the Keys from the Seattle area, and she had just purchased the bike shown above, for her main source of transportation on the island. I thought the bike was pretty neat looking set against the backdrop of the bridge, so I asked her if I could take a picture. She was quite pleasant and agreeable (Pretty much the female equivalent to the photo-store guy in That 70’s Show) so she said it was cool.

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  1. That sounds like a typical fun moment in the keys.

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