Stone Crab Claws, Music, Motorcycles… and rain!

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By Ed Schneider and Julie Maioli (Team USA2Ride)

As motorcycle riders, we always cherish the arrival of December as the official start of our dry season, therefore our riding season. But this year, December has been anything but dry. We could blame global warming, El Niño or just the wrath of the weather gods but we don’t really have time for that. Because real riders will ride. Rain or Shine.That’s why Team USA2Ride was not shy to put on some rain gear and gather a wonderful group of dedicated riders to go on a little wet adventure in order to eat some deliciosuly fresh stone crab claws and the Islamorada Fish Company Stone Crab Jam Festival on December 5th.It all started with a breakfast provided by EagleRider Motorcycles South Florida at their boutique store in South Beach. EagleRider has been in business since 1992 and has become a household name when the conversation is about motorcycle rentals. Ed and Julie, the hosts of USA2Ride Radio Show, get to ride EagleRider motorcycles to their events and although Ed has been going back and forth between the Indian Roadmaster and the Harley-Davidson Electra Glide, Julie can always be seen piloting her favorite: the 2015 BMW R1200GS.

Riders from all over South Florida joined in this journey but it was a little four-legged guy from Virginia Beach who stole the scene. Darby, an Australian Shepperd is the companion dog to Clark Brown and Michelle Hagans, two riders who travel all over the place on their Harleys, always bringing the little blue-eyed pal along, which champions the rain like a seasoned rider. In fact, with this trip, Darby has logged 23,000 miles in 2015 alone.

Team USA2Ride led the group through the old neighborhoods of Miami, using Old Cutler Road as our pathway to the southernmost areas of Miami-Dade County and into Card Sound Road towards the Florida Keys. The rain that followed the group almost the entire way decided to let go just a few miles before reaching our destination, tuning the sky into a painting of blue and strokes of gray, with a shy participation of the sun which would come every so often to help dry our clothes.

And with $3.00 stone crab claws, coconut lobster and shrimp bites, raw oysters and free beer samples, not even the weather could rain on our gastronomic parade. This family friendly event that featured local bands Reggie Paul, Baga Tricks and Bushwood proved once again what a great destination Islamorada Fish Company is for both locals and visitors alike.

SERVICE: Islamorada Fish Company is located at 81532 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036 // (305) 664-9271

  • The USA2Ride Radio Show is South Florida’s Motorcycling Radio Show broadcast live every Tuesday 6:30PM to 7:30PM (EST) on WNN 1470 AM, iHeart Radio app (WWNN) and watch it with video from the station at www.usa2ride.com/live

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