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.
The Route: 382 mi, 6 hrs, 47 mins according to Google... your mileage may vary. :-)
Departing from the Cracker Barrel, we will turn right (South) onto Orange Blossom Trail. Go about 3 miles then turn left (East) onto onto Osceola Parkway. Get into the right lane as we will take the onramp on the right to 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)
We will stop here for lunch.
AT LAST! WE MADE IT!
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.
Craig's Restaurant in Tavernier Key will be on your right at Mile Marker 90.5. Parking is in the back. We will stop here for lunch for their Famous Fish Sandwich!
After lunch we will continue our trek South to Key West (about a 2 hour drive) to our hotel, the Sheraton Suites Key West.
FRS radios should be set to channel 7, 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).
Key West. Check into the hotel and
then join us poolside to rest up from our journey. Some may want to head down to Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville on
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.