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Old 12-25-2012, 06:38 PM   #16
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Ok ok. Thx for the feedback.
I'll skip the touristy stuff and stick to the dirt stuff up north and in the panhandle.
LOL Key West does seem like a must. I always see pics of bikes near that large buoy:

And of course, I'm a big fan of Scarface, but I've never been to Miami.
All that'll be good for another trip, maybe with my Versys during another miserable winter next year.

I'll do some more research, thanks again....
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Old 12-25-2012, 07:07 PM   #17
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Key West was cool about 20 years ago. It's lost a lot of that "old town" must. It's a mega tourist trap now. Before, you could at least feel like you were welcome in any scummy bar there. Now, those are reserved for the "locals" only, leaving only the downtown areas to hang out at.

Lots more cool opportunities in the aforementioned areas. Dr. Z hit it right on the head for the proper ride. Especially for our shindig in Osceola (hope you like water!) There's also some good riding near the St. Augustine area known as the "gnarly playground." Check out the CADS thread on here, as many of them do rides in Ocala and the playground.
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:50 PM   #18
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Laugh

hmm...it looks like i'm pushing this out until March...and I'll be going to the Daytona Supercross!!
This going to be so rad! I've never been to one before.
I'll go offroad for 2 days, too.
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:39 PM   #19
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Suggestion...

1) Ocala to Blackwater River State Forest... hook up with some of the Panhandler ADV crowd for a ride.

2) Blackwater to Appalachicola National Forest. Eat lunch at the Family Coastal in Sumatra.

3 Appalachicola to Osceola National Forest. If you're there during this shindig, stop by for a visit!

4) Osceola to Ocala National Forest.

5) Ocala to Orlando Auto Train.

Key West is boring IMO unless you have a boat or want to get your drink on! If you want to see the "dirt" side of Florida, the places mentioned above will fit the bill.

If you need some tracks for any of these areas... PM me with your e-mail addy and I'll get them out to you as soon as I can.
What he said. Be ready for some crazy sand though... http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=853670
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:52 AM   #20
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Once you get tired of picking up the 690 after busting your ass in the sugar sand with those 50/50 tires not the best combo for your 1st try at sugar DAMHIK you might want to check out the all you can eat stone crabs in everglades city before heading to sin city for the art deco pics.
It is a tradition for us locals The gravel on the Squares, Jane's, loop rd and the levees will get you out into the Galdes for some gators and wildlife. Probably your best shot at seeing a Panther.

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Old 01-23-2013, 05:02 AM   #21
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Once you get tired of picking up the 690 after busting your ass in the sugar sand with those 50/50 tires not the best combo for your 1st try at sugar DAMHIK you might want to check out the all you can eat stone crabs in everglades city before heading to sin city for the art deco pics.
It is a tradition for us locals The gravel on the Squares, Jane's, loop rd and the levees will get you out into the Galdes for some gators and wildlife. Probably your best shot at seeing a Panther.
what he said!!!!
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:22 AM   #22
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This.....


Very rapidly and very frequently........

Turns to this........


and really isnt all that much fun to ride. I would not recommend riding it alone. This little patch of sand created this.....in a matter of seconds!!


Its all fun to ride....challenging but fun!! But I wouldn't recommend doing it alone!!!! The main roads through the parks and forests stay in decent shaped and are traveled enough for help to wander by if you go down, but once you get onto the trails you are on your own. This is a noob to the area making an observation from the couple of times I have ridden there, the guys the live and ride up there all the time can chime in, but if'n it was me, I would not ride it alone on a mostly street set up bike!!


If cash flow allows I would recommend the auto train. You leave Sanford(Orlando) at 1630 and are in Lorton with the bike in hand by 1030 the next morning. You then still have 6-8 hours of riding time left in the day. So basically you cover 1200 miles in 24 hrs without killing yourself. It is a huge time saver. We plan to use it on both legs of a trip from Homestead to New Foundland and back this summer.
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:22 AM   #23
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FWIIW This section is about average for Florida;when you get into the white stuff it's much worse. That sand still has some moisture try it when it's dry.
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:12 PM   #24
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Thanks for the replies, pics and concern.
Damn, I'm taking the 690, I'm thinking I ought to be on the 450!
I agree that sand is fun and challenging, but making a day out of it would be a bit much....actually, that would f*king suck!
Also, your Florida sand is much deeper and goes on for miles...

I'll be taking the autotrain and staying near the Daytona area. So I'll be going to Ocala, Osceola and (possibly) Apalachicola. Maybe I'll see what tracks to check out and what to avoid...
I'm going to the Daytona Supercross race, too, which is going to be rad.

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Old 01-24-2013, 06:56 PM   #25
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Thanks for the replies, pics and concern.
Damn, I'm taking the 690, I'm thinking I ought to be on the 450!
I agree that sand is fun and challenging, but making a day out of it would be a bit much....actually, that would f*king suck!
Also, your Florida sand is much deeper and goes on for miles...

I'll be taking the autotrain and staying near the Daytona area. So I'll be going to Ocala, Osceola and (possibly) Apalachicola. Maybe I'll see what tracks to check out and what to avoid...
I'm going to the Daytona Supercross race, too, which is going to be rad.
Keep an eye on the sandbox; Jack Daniels might do an event at the Scrub in Ocala for bike week. If he does there will be plenty of rides in the Forrest.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:38 PM   #26
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So I'm trying to sort through some of the trails I can ride.
Which trails would be good for a day ride in Ocala?


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Old 01-29-2013, 05:13 AM   #27
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So I'm trying to sort through some of the trails I can ride.
Which trails would be good for a day ride in Ocala?

None of those on that map are any good, too many cockroaches (quads) they are all OHV trails.
I assume your 690 is tagged so you can ride any # road.
Delorme's Florida Gazetteer has most of the "maintained" roads but many are too sandy to fun alone one a 690. For you first time and riding alone I would suggest staying on the orange clay roads, many of them have some deep sand if you feel the need.
USFS published maps of legal roads here
looks like there will be a campout at the Scrub in Ocala during bikeweek
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:16 AM   #28
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:19 AM   #29
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Very cool! I'll chime in on the Scrub campout thread.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:55 PM   #30
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Key West is ok to sit at the bars and such, but if you run a bike up to 60 MPH in any direction, brake hard or you'll be sucking salt water.

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