Islamorada , the
The LAST Islamorada Event! Don't Miss it!
will meet at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant just South of SR417 at the
intersection of SR 417 (Greeneway) & US 17/92/441
13300 S. Orange Blossom Trail
SR 417 & US 17/92/441
Orlando, FL 32837-6636
Meet for breakfast at with a driver's meeting at and immediate departure after everyone has signed the club liability waiver.
Trying to keep everyone together has proven difficult in the past so this
year we encourage you to pair up with a Caravan buddy (or two). You may stay
with the main group or head out at your own pace, if you wish. The suggested
route is shown below along with recommended rest stops and service plazas,
but you are free to pick your own route if you choose. Just be courteous to
other drivers on the road, be safe, and try not to follow Hutch to
Due to current construction work, from the Cracker Barrel, we will turn right onto Town Center Blvd. (West). At the 2nd light we will turn left onto John Young Parkway (South). At the 3rd light we will turn left (East) onto Osceola Parkway and head towards the Florida Turnpike, approx. 4 miles. The we'll turn right onto the Florida Turnpike (South) where we will begin our journey to the Keys.
F.T. Mile Marker 229 Canoe Creek Service Plaza (scheduled stop)
F.T. Mile Marker 184 Fort Drum Service Plaza (optional stop)
F.T. Mile Marker 144 Fort Pierce/Port St. Lucie Service Plaza (scheduled stop)
F.T. Mile Marker 94 West Palm Beach Service Plaza (optional stop)
F.T. Mile Marker 71 Exit to Sawgrass Expressway (Route 869)
Take Sawgrass Expressway to I-75 South
I-75, Exit 5 Head towards KEY WEST
Mile Marker 39 Rejoin
F.T. Mile Marker 19 Snapper Creek Service Plaza (optional stop)
F.T. Mile Marker 2 Florida City (scheduled stop at Shell Station)
Our first scheduled reststop will be at the at the Canoe Creek auto plaza rest area at Mile Marker 229 for early-morning coffee drainage. Our next stop will be at the Fort Pierce rest stop about 1-1/2 hours from Orlando. We will bypass most of the Miami traffic by taking the Sawgrass Expressway (Route 869) at Mile Marker 71 and continue on to I-75 South.
We'll follow I-75 South to
exit 5 (old 3B exit to
From that point on it's a 2 lane road with occasional passing areas every few miles. The narrow roads in the upper keys can be quite dangerous (darn tourists!) so be careful.
The Holiday Isle Resort on Islamorada Key will be on your left at Mile Marker 84. Given time for potty/fuel stops, we should arrive by . When you pull in, members of the Florida Keys Corvette Club to direct you where to park and then go register at the Hotel.
FRS radios should be set to channel 1, sub-channel 0. Please keep this channel clear for caravan info and emergencies..
Turnpike Tolls. You'll need your E-Pass/SunPass Transponder or approximately $11 in tolls.
Caravan Etiquette. Safety is our prime concern. Please turn on your parking lights or daytime running lights. When traveling in a caravan with other Corvettes, keep it reasonably tight but maintain enough distance between cars to be safe. Be alert and WATCH the car in front of you. When the car in front of you slows or applies their turn signal, please do likewise for the benefit of those behind you. Caravans have the tendency to "rubber band" but we'll slow down after each toll booth or other bottleneck to allow others to catch up. Observe the speed limit and all traffic laws (rules dictate I gotta say that).
Traditionally on Friday night, many of us trek south across the bridge from Holiday Isle to feast on the sumptuous buffet at the Whale Harbor Inn. Its all you can eat seafood and other "landlubber" favorites, so come hungry. Cost is $22 + tax & tip per person but it's worth it. There are less expensive restaurants nearby, as well.
Saturday is show day so those so inclined get up early to start cleaning their cars. Others sit around with a cool beverage watching others do all the work. Yer choice!
The awards ceremony will be later that afternoon. Relax and enjoy the show. Most assuredly there will be a party going on in one of the hotel rooms that night.
Tradition also has it that we eat Saturday night after the show at the Islamorada Fish Camp. This is a lovely outdoor setting on the water with superb food. A huge Great American Sportsman store is next door and always worth a walk through. But who knows? We may do something different this year!
Key West. Those of us that are
continuing on to
Have Fun but be Safe! And remember... Keep the SHINY side UP! J
Lost? Call Patti's cell at 407-256-1335 or Hutch's at 407-810-5519.