Leaving the peninsula

I’m on a train now, waiting at the station in front of Jacksonville after a day spent traveling up the length of Florida’s Atlantic coast.

A curious juxtaposition from yesterday: two neighboring bars on Washington Street in South Miami Beach are called Deep and Bash. Guess which one is the gay bar? Hint: we queers are evidently not quite campy enough for this final frontier of language reclamation.

Note for future research: it would be interesting to see Terraserver aerials of a bunch of what appear (from the atlas) to be questionable Florida “land speculation scams”:http://www.spikowski.com/landscam.htm. Among them: “Rotonda”:http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=26.887778,-82.271389&spn=0.3,0.3&t=k, “Golden Gate Estates”:http://www.defenders.org/releases/pr1997/pr617972.html, “Port Charlotte”:http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&om=1&z=15&ll=27.05,-82.105831&spn=0.013989,0.02974&t=k, Port La Belle, Lehigh Acres, “Cape Coral”:http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Cape+Coral,+FL&ie=UTF8&z=15&ll=26.684084,-81.972041&spn=0.014034,0.0421&t=k&om=1, Indian Lake Estates, and Clewiston. (Clewiston had the advantage of being platted by John Nolen; the others seem to date from the early 20th century land grabs: grids platted far into the swamp.)

Joel noted that I can now add Florida A1A (the Atlantic coast road) to the list of notable highways I’ve seen from both ends.

That list now includes all of the key transcontinentals:
US Route 66, Chicago & Santa Monica
Interstate 5, San Ysidro, Calif. & Blaine, Wash.
Interstate 10, Santa Monica & Jacksonville
Interstate 40, Barstow, Calif. & Wilmington, N.C.
Interstate 80, San Francisco & New York City
Interstate 90, Seattle & Boston

California Highway 1: traveled in 13 of 14 counties, seen southern terminus
Interstate 55: well, at least I plan to eventually take the train down to New Orleans
Interstate 95: traveled in all 15 states, seen southern terminus

However, since both CA 1 and I-95 end in the wilderness of the north, I may never be able to say I’ve properly traversed either. Considering I’ve still never learned to drive, that’s still not a bad record overall.

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