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Marathon …..the Overseas Highway

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The land here on the Florida Keys is extremely expensive. I find this amazing                                                                                                                                       considering “Global Warming ” theories and changing weather patterns in this area.                                                                                                                          Certainly I would not sink my money here!

The old Florida railway was an extraordinary project. Even now it
is awesome to see and consider. They called it the 8th wonder of the world
around the time it was built in the early 1900,s.

Did you ever hear anything about it?

A  small section got destroyed by a hurricane in the 1930,s and                                                                                                                                                                        they decided not to repair it. It was the time of the big Depression.                                                                                                                                                             Flagler had originally anticipated that Key West would grow into a big port                                                                                                                                            because of  it’s proximity to the Panama canal and Cuba but                                                                                                                                                                               the port had not grown as aniticpated.

The great railroad was left in disrepair but parts of it were
utilised and replaced by this 4 lane motorway, The Overseas Highway – going the
whole way down to Key West.

I think it would have been better to have kept the rail systems
and only allowed residents in with cars. The road is too busy and noisy now.

Everybody seems to been really scratching for a living down here. Most
of the buildings and shops are pretty shabby. Even the main road going through
the City of Marathon (6000 people ) has no curbing – well actually they are in
the process of slowly changing that now. Between the road and the footpath is
either rough grass of loose coral gravel. After the foot/bike path it can be
back to rough grass, trees or coral gravel .. or maybe some badly laid concrete
or tarseal as a parking lot in front of usually one story shops. So it is quite dusty
and the road through is very busy so very fumey when biking along. It is also
dead flat so Andreas does not mind biking now to get things.

There are some wealthier subdivisions along the coast but still the
infra structure supporting them is shabby . You really can be  quite proud of the way NZ has been put
together. Florida has been settled for about the same length of time as NZ. It
was the last mainland state to be settled because the environment was so
hostile. First came the black Americans – I guess the freed slaves. Then
Henry Flagler  built the railroad from St Augustins in the top east hand
corner of Florida right down to the Southern tip of Florida. That brought the
white settlers in and more latterly the Cubans, Hispanics, Mexicans, and South
Americans. Now more people speak Spanish than English here but that
is not a problem to us most of the time because most of them speak some English
as well.

 

Because it’s so flat and the vegetation all the same it’s not really an
inspiring place to live in forever, from our point our view.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No wonder they are such big “foodies” and drinkers.

The usual domestic (as opposed to marine shops ) shopping is very
limited in choice. For example I am looking out for plastic ware, bowls,
containers, storage etc and there is virtually no choice and I can,t find
exactly what I want. Its very frustrating. At home there is a huge range of
plastic ware in the Payless Plastic, The Plastic Box company, The Warehouse etc
you can find something to fit any situation.

The supermarkets have rows and rows of personal care items – soaps,
shampoos etc…. where ours would be lucky to have one row. Yet I can,t find a
natural bristle body brush to make my itches go away. (Thats what I find best
when I get itchy at home ) If I was at home I know exactly where to go and buy
one in Whangarei !

Written by teoranga

September 3, 2011 at 11:36 am

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