The annual Phil Petersons Poker Run from Key Largo to Key West is just around the corner. Star and I registered for the ride and invite you all to ride along with us. I will post more details in the next few days. But, the basics of the ride will be we will be departing Friday Oct 11th in the morning and ride to Miami, register for the ride, then ride down to Key Largo. We will be staying in Key Largo at the Hampton Inn. The Poker Run starts in Key Largo, so we will be there the night before. Once we finish the Poker Run in Key West, we plan on riding back to Key Largo Hampton Inn that day. There is an average 10,000 bikers in this event and Key West gets way way too crowded to do a thing at the rides end. If you decide to go, we suggest booking a room NOW.
45 years ago, Phil Peterson came up with the idea of a poker run to boost
the motorcycle business, and the Key West tourist trade during the slow
September season. What started with 46 riders has grown to become South Florida's biggest motorcycle party weekend of the year. Today, more than 10,000 riders from all over the U.S. enjoy this event.
Stretching over 113 miles, this narrow ribbon of concrete runs through small communities, and over 42 bridges. Along the way, they make five stops and draw a card at each stop. Bikers are treated to panoramic ocean views of water that is almost indescribable in shading and hue. Exhilarating warm breezes and fresh salty air fuel the pride of biker camaraderie which grows with each passing mile marker. Then the final destination of Duval Street Key West FL is reached, and another Phil Peterson's Poker Run begins.
To accommodate the large crowds and volume of motorcycles, Duval Street in Key West closes to through traffic during the Poker Bike Run. However, bike parking is available on Duval St. for a fee. Entrants are able to purchase a special parking band which is then displayed on the right bike mirror stem. When registering in advanced, the bands can be purchased at a discounted rate. If you don't buy then before hand, you'll pay a higher price for each bike band. The revenue raised are split between the Diabetes Research Institute and scholarships for Key West high schools.
Riders who want to participate in this year's Poker Run can sign up at Peterson's Harley-DavidsonR of Miami,19400 N.W 2nd Avenue (U.S. 441) or at Peterson's Harley-DavidsonR South,19825 S. Dixie Highway where the turnpike crosses over U.S.1 in Cutler Bay.
The Poker Run does not begin until Friday, October 11th at 9:00 a.m. Cost is a $10 donation per hand, and there is no limit to the number of hands you can play.