ICW Northbound – MM 1159 to Homestead Bayfront Park – Day 14

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We awoke at beautiful PCI with the plan to go to Alligator Reef before our 60+ mile journey to Homestead Bayfront Park in lower Miami. Alligator Reef is a lighthouse 4 miles offshore known for gorgeous water and good snorkeling. We unfortunately had super choppy seas and it was not comfortable enough to stop and explore. We are definitely adding it to our list for another time! 

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After an uneventful trip to Homestead Bayfront we were met with really nice ramps. After some difficulty loading the boat, we found a corner at the park to unload as much as possible and get the boat ready for the two day journey home. After discovering what would be the first of many flat trailer tires, we got it changed and headed thru Homestead towards I95 and towards home. This first stretch was so gorgeous with palm tree farms at every corner. 

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We decided to spend the night in Palm Coast and enjoyed the luxury of a hotel room and comfy beds. After being on the boat for almost two weeks, our 600sqft hotel room seemed like a luxurious mansion. With a good nights rest and hot showers, we awoke early to another flat tire and that we had to change then headed up the coast. All was mostly well for the very long journey from Florida to Virginia till we were in familiar territory and about 20 minutes from home. All of a sudden as we exited to interstate we saw lots of smoke on the passenger side. We pulled over and discovered we had lost a bearing. After pulling the whole wheel off we decided it made the most sense to drive the last few miles home on 9 of our 10 total tires. What an adventure we had!

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