Overcome obstacles to visit Key West and catch a plane in Miami
21.06.2009 - 22.06.2009
HELLO FROM PERU!! We have overcome many obstacles to land here Total miles =10,800
Miles Traveled another to Miami 2300 miles
Miles traveled to/from Key West 280 miles
Miles traveled to Lima about 2,500
This will be our last morning in the United States for some time. It is with a mixture of excitement and nervousness that I type up the last US based entry. Our time in Florida has been beautiful, enjoyable, and filled with snafus that we have overcome. Miami was a complete debacle. It began with us having to switch cars at the rental office before we even left the grounds. It continued with being stuck in 1 ½ hour traffic jam going to Miami beach. We finally arrived at our hotel at about 1:30 Am and hadn’t eaten since a Danish( for Mike) and a muffin for Sara since 8:30 that morning!!
We met a super nice waiter whose wife was from Bolivia who gave us some great hints for Bolivia. It served as a great reminder that there are people willing to give some time and help out in every country, including our own.
As we left Miami to begin the drive to Key West a funny yellow light came on the dashboard. No sooner had I asked Sara to investigate this light in the owner’s manual that I heard a rumbling sound that could only mean one thing…FLAT TIRE.
One pm in Miami on a bridge is not the best place to put on a spare, but it had to be done. To top it off, it started raining. After getting the spare on, we returned to the rental car office. Two cars later and after dealing with four zombie employees who showed no facial expression and didn’t even offer an apology, we finally met Ebony. She smiled and apologized. She got a car cleaned up for us and got us on the way to Key West. Kudos to Ebony.
Key West was fantastic. We listened to Reggae, ate fresh seafood, and saw the famous sunset from the deck by Mallory Square where Sara was in one of the street performances. What a star!!
I took Sara to visit Ernest Hemingway’s house. We paid our homage to my favorite author and then proceeded to go to his favorite bar. We swam at Higgs Beach.
It was a delight. The only downer was being stuck in a detour on US-1 going North for two hours and almost missing our flight. We made the rounds begging the check in team before they finally printed our passes!! We sprinted through the terminal just like on TV and made our flight .
WE HAVE ARRIVED IN PERU!!
We landed in Peru last night. Our midnight taxi ride took us past the waves of the Pacific Ocean rolling up on the shore.
Sara has a cold that has her out of commission for the day, but other than that the arrival has us in good spirits and Sara’s friend Fito will be coming to meet us tomorrow.
Regina’s flight has been delayed until tomorrow. Sara’s has the monster flu from hxxx. I brought her some soup and soft Kleenex and did some sightseeing.
Mike and Sara