Bikes of Key West

Hi. Barb here. Unfortunately I’m in book jail. Deadline near and far more writing road to travel. Then a proposal and a short story due after that. Like planes stacked up over an airport with a single runway open.

Fortunately, my husband, Bill Carito, has stepped up to fill the void. We’re in Key West until April 1. While I pound the keyboard every afternoon, he roams the town, looking for the right shot.

Bikes are the preferred method for navigating Key West. The island is compact and flat and the parking is terrible. The highest point, laughably called Solares Hill, is 18 feet above sea level. I have walked over it many times, and you don’t even notice an incline.

I share some of Bill’s photos of bikes with you today. Enjoy!

[All photos in this post are by Bill Carito. If you like them and want to see more, you can friend him on Facebook at and follow him on Instagram at billcarito and bill.carito.colorphotos.]



About Barbara Ross

Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries. Her books have been nominated for multiple Agatha Awards for Best Contemporary Novel and have won the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. She lives in Portland, Maine. Readers can visit her website at
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12 Responses to Bikes of Key West

  1. C.T. Collier says:

    Loved this! Thanks, Bill!

  2. Vida Antolin-Jenkins says:

    Just wonderful! Thank you!

  3. Gram says:

    WOW !

  4. Skye says:


  5. Julianne Spreng says:

    Bill is an astute observer of his surrounding environment. His photos are always inspired. Who would have thought bikes could be so colorful. Rather like a flock of wild parrots streaking down the avenue. Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. Barb Ross says:

    Thanking everyone on Bill’s behalf. He’s off fishing today. Will show him the comments when he gets back.

  7. What gorgeous colors, Barb and Bill! Accustomed to the drab sepia Maine winter, I felt, looking at these photos, as if my life had suddenly changed from Kansas to the Land of Oz. Thank you for sharing them.

  8. Lea Wait says:

    I’m with Sherry! Love the blue-shirted guy in front of the matching house …. kudos to Bill! And sympathy and understanding to you, Barb … along with envy for the bright colors! Look forward to seeing you both in Maine later this spring.

  9. Edith Maxwell says:

    He has such an eye for color! And the Mardi Gras bike is a hit. Tell him thanks for brightening up our cold snow-on-the-ground day.

    Now get back to that book!

  10. Ah, the colors! Delicious. Thank you!

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