Meet our guides
Herman Ellis, Mascot
Herman was adopted from the Florida Keys SPCA in March of 2018. He takes his job as our official greeter very seriously and will gladly sniff you as you come into the shop! His favorite thing to do in the world is anything that takes him no more than 2 feet away from his Daddy, Christopher. His favorite song is Led Zeppelin's "The Immigrant Song", and his favorite snack is the next one! If you ever play tug of war with him and manage to win it will be the first time ever!
Dottie Ellis, Mascot
Dottie was adopted from the local SPCA in July 2019. She thinks her job as official greeter is to show off her great wrestling moves on Herman, starting as soon as anyone walks in. One of her favorite things is to zoom down the hallway at home, launching herself over the couch, turn around, launch back over the couch and zoom back down the hall. A million times in a row. Her favorite food is any kind of street food, meaning food found lying in the street, not ethnic street food. Her favorite song is Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name Of", but surprisingly she gives very sweet and gentle kisses.
PeeWee Ellis, Mascot
PeeWee was adopted from the Florida Keys SPCA on Stock Island, which is the next island north of Key West, about 4 miles from the bike shop. Fortunately it’s a no kill shelter, because he was there for 14 months before being adopted! We adopted him in July 2012, and he was our mascot until December 29, 2017, when he passed away unexpectedly. He loved to go for long walks, ride in the car, and chase chickens and iguanas. His favorite snack was stale bread, and favorite song was Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody". We miss him dearly, but if you take a peek at the laptop on the desk of the shop you'll probably catch a few pics of him on the screensaver!
"Diver" Dave Krause
Dave Krause, Guide
Dave was born in Ft. Worth, Texas. His father was in the USAF for 33 years, retiring as a Brigadier General. Because of this he traveled extensively, living in foreign countries and learning to make new friends every few years. He's been to 12 different countries, with one of his most memorable trips being with a girlfriend he met here in Key West. They went to Budapest, then drove over the Zell Am See to go skiing in the Austrian Alps. In addition to guiding bike tours he's also a PADI dive instructor/OPS mgr for Southpoint divers, and his full time gig is as a C.F.E. Property Appraiser for Monroe County, (the county Key West is located). He enjoys dining on the bountiful fruits of the sea from the waters off Key West, and never changes the channel when David Bowie's "Man Who Sold the World" comes on. If he hit the lottery he'd split his time between a log cabin in the Colorado Rockies and a little Shotgun House in Old Town Key West, after a brief stint in rehab from going overboard at his unexpected windfall of course!
Bruce Mitchell, Guide
Bruce was born in Jefferson, MO, but lived most of his life in Athens, OH. He was in the newspaper business for 37 years but always dreamed of living in Key West. When he retired, fortunately his wife agreed with him and here they are. He's an avid baseball fan, and roots for the Cubs, Indians, Reds, and whoever is playing the Yankees. In his spare time he enjoys snorkeling at Fort Zach, riding his bike, and sound checks at the Green Parrot. If you do get him as your guide keep an eye on him as he's been known to get so excited telling our story that he's fallen off his bike!
Kristina (KP) Pendleton, Guide
Our other Air Force Brat, KP was born in Colorado Springs but grew up in Connecticut. She first came to Key West to work at Sea Camp in 2010, and has been here full time since 2016. She's actually a Marine Biologist who works at the Key West Aquarium full time, but loves showing off our island on her days off. When she does have a real day off she enjoys snorkeling (of course), cooking, calligraphy, and she's actually pretty good at solving the daily cryptograph in the paper! As far as travel, she has been to Paris, and also went to Canada when she was 18 and in college. However the drinking age in that province was 19 so she just stayed in the hotel while her friends went out and partied.
James Pierce, Guide
James was born in Washington State but pretty much grew up in Dubuque, Iowa. Eventually he moved to Japan and taught English for over 15 years, becoming conversant in Japanese. He also spent a few years in Thailand and a year in India before coming back to the States. All in all he thinks he’s been in about 15 different countries, but may have forgotten one or two of the dull ones. In 2011 he decided to walk across the United States, starting on the west coast and eventually making his way to the end of the road, Key West. When he's not conducting tours for us you’ll find him playing his banjo on Duval Street. Yes, he’s the guy in the Darth Vader costume! In his spare time he likes reading classics such as “Moby Dick” and anything by Dickens. Other random talents are unicycle riding and solving Rubik’s cubes. If he hit the lottery he claims that he’d still be doing bike tours as he likes this sort of work, but his teeth would probably be whiter.
Our Army Brat is Lauren, who was born in Nuremberg, Germany. She pretty much grew up in Northwest Florida, coming to Key West in 2015. She's a big history buff, and also works at the Ghosts and Gravestones tour. Like most of us here at KLBT, she loves to travel, with Morocco being her current most exotic vacation destination. She loves reading, crafting, and hopes to finish her Swedish Weaving project soon. It's only been 13 years! Oh, and she's never met a bad Dad joke she didn't like!
Lauren Shepard, Guide
Christopher and Michelle Ellis
Christopher is from Philadelphia, PA, but also lived in South Jersey until he was 16, then his family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. Eventually he found them. While there he worked in all facets of the restaurant business, even working for such noted chefs as Wolfgang Puck and Nancy Oakes. Eventually he moved back to the Philly Area, marrying Michelle in 2001. They both love to travel and have visited 15 countries with more to follow. Some of his passions are downhill skiing, fine wines, and getting his heart ripped out each and every year by the Eagles, Phillies, and Flyers. Well, not the Eagles so much anymore!
Christopher Ellis Owner
Michelle is from Marlboro, NJ. Growing up she spent every summer in Ortley Beach at the Jersey Shore, working on the boardwalk, life-guarding, and spending as much time on the water as she could. In addition to her current duties with KLBT, she also works for American Airlines as ground crew, which means she can indulge in one of her favorite hobbies, travel. Her friends might be surprised to know that she was one of the first girls to play in the boys little league in her town, and was a competitive ice skater and ballroom dancer through college.
Michelle Ellis Owner