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Old 08-03-2007, 04:30 PM   #46
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Old 08-03-2007, 04:51 PM   #47
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Ah so its nice to be away from the bussle of Daytona. Back on the beach at Flagler in my little tent and making my cup of tea with my camping stove.

After breaking camp Monday morning I hit the road to head to Orlando, but one the way I wanted to stop at another spring that I heard was good swimming. Packing all the tent and rest of the camping gear is getting easier and easier. When I first started out on this trip I mentioned that would miss my daily routine and that motorcycle travel wasnt conducive to routine. How wrong a statement was that! You better have a routine, you better pack everything and un pack everything the exact same way every day, or you will be forever searching for things or loosing things. After a while you also find the best way to pack everything were you can reach the things you really need easily without having to unload everything or search through every pack you have.

Ok on the road we go. Blue Springs state park is only about 80 miles or so from Flagler. I Id hardly got going before I was already there. The springs are just fantastic. You can get in down stream of the spring and swim back up through crystal clear waters. Fish are swimming all around you and old petrified logs hang down in the water. The current isnt so strong that you get pushed backwards but its still a good hard swim up stream for about 400 yards to a lagoon with bubbles from the divers that are down in the caves.




After diving down a few times as far as I could then swimming around the lagoon I set off for the swim back down stream. Oww fun, with the current in your favor you just fly along. Actually I whacked one of the damn logs on the way down and thought Id about broke my toe.

When i got out back down stream I went up to a clearing and layed out to read my book. Couldnt get too much reading done though. Not only is March Daytona bike week, but its also spring break. You really cant concentrate on reading when your surrounded by this.

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Old 08-04-2007, 01:43 AM   #48
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First night was in Brunswick GA in a little hippy commune. Its rather cool as you sleep in very well made if not a little cold tree houses. We had a circle of thanks before dinner, which was almost totally prepared from things that they had grown in the gardens.
I've slept in that very tree house before...... Naked swimming?
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Old 08-06-2007, 11:04 AM   #49
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I've slept in that very tree house before...... Naked swimming?
Nope they put a stop to that malarky a few years ago. Plus it was 27 degrees when i was there back in Feb
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Nice report.

That Daytona stuff makes me sick. Too bad they don't nuke the place when the freak show is going on.
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After taking in enough of the sights of Blue Springs I reluctantly headed on into Orlando. I wanted to camp at the springs, but this place is really popular and there were no camping spots left in the park. On the drive out of the park I asked a couple of cops who had some poor soul pulled over if there were motels intown to stay at. I explained I wanted to be in Orlando pretty early in the morning and was concerned about staying that far out and having to get through rush hour traffic. They looked me over and asked why the hell would I want to stay in this flea pit town. Go to Olando was their advice, so off I went.

Driving through Orlando I started to think that maybe the youth hostel wasnt so bad last time. I knew where it was, I knew where I could get grocerys and after travelling in so many youth hosets years ago I still have a soft spot for them. Meeting people from all around the world on their grand travels and adventures. So head on down to Kissemee to the hostel.

Now American hostels get a little weird about Americans in America staying in their hostels. Actually in any country if there is a theft in a hostel it usually ends up being someone from that same country that has been stying at the hostel. So although Im not American I do have a american driving licence and look and sound American enough that I raised a little suspicion. Either that or the Asian guy running the place just wanted to really screw with me. He put me in a room that was shared with two Americans that on entering the room they had clearly set up home there for some time. neither was home and I laid out my stuff around my bed, then went and had dinner.

Most of the time this travel seems to consist of always looking for an opertunity to catch up on some sleep and since I wanted to run in the morning I figured an early night was called for. Sometime around midnight the first of my roomies anounced his arrival by slaming the door shut and turning on the lights. grrrr. Ok break out the ear plugs and pull the sheet over my head. I heard him walk about a bit and eventually shut himself up in the bathroom. Oh now in there bathroom was another tell tail sign that these guys had been there longer than most normal youth hostellers. Sat on the tnak of the toilet was a huge pile of porn magazines! Im sure they were only there for the articles, but it was still a little creapy.

20 mins or so past and here comes roomie number two. He enters a little more quitely, but then on finding the bathroom door locked, beats on the door and yells, "come on stop jacking off in there I need to take a dump". The voice from in replies, "what makes you think Im jacking off?"
"Cause you always are in there at this time doing it".

I really wish my ear plugs had worked better than they did. I pushed them as hard as I dare deep into the creavices of my ear, hoping I could block out this night mare of a conversation. I guess I somewhat succeded. I'm not sure what the conclusion to the nights event were, as thankfully the days heat and swimming dragged me back into la la land.

the next morning I made as much noise as i could as i went out for my run then came back and careful to touch as little as possible took a shower, packed and left.

I was running a little late for my trip back into Orlando. The rush hour traffic was still pretty bad and for a while I lane split and also pushed a little faster than the rest of the traffic. Fast enough that I was an easy target for this guy.


He asked for insurace and registration. I really dont think Ive been asked for registration before. I almost made the mistake of saying "I dont think the cop a few days ago asked for registration". Luckily stopping myself and instead just telling him I didnt know I was supposed to have it. this allowed for a little conversation and he was already being pretty cheerful since I had pulled over immediately I saw him, which had been when I saw him on my right as he speed down the on ramp trying to match my speed in readyness for his first big chase of the day. We had the do you know what speed you were doing conversation too, so when he walked back to me after running the tag and my licence I was over joyed when he handed me a ticket that was only for producing my registration, which he explained was only a $7.50 fine!

BAck on the road again and I make it to my destination with just about a few seconds to spare and the guy Im meeting shows up right at the same time, closly followed by another man and woman.

Ok so when I was in Orlando last time it was really to see a house that I was interested in. Its a very modern house with some really cool features. Ok maybe only cool to me. Built with pre formed concrete walls and floors that were brought in by truck and assembled on site with a crane, this house is pretty cutting edge in many ways. Last time i missed the chance to see it. So when i got home I called the builder and they were nice enought to set up this special appointment to get a tour. Part of the reason it worked out for me was because strangely the same day they had another request from a Architectual student in Gainsville that want to see it too. She had come along with her..umm husband and that was who the other two people were I saw now standing with the project manager.

Holy crap Im writing way too much for this. fuck it heres the interior of the house, then lets move on.


Neon lit glass walk way on the second floor


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Old 08-07-2007, 08:38 AM   #52
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After a full tour of the house it was time to get my focus back on travel and exploration and hopefully some relaxation after the last nights high jinks.

I set off down I-4 heading to Tampa. But as I rode along making great time. i thought, is this really what I want to do? just super slabing all the way down to the bottom of Florida, wheres the adventure in that. I saw signs for hwy 27 coming up and knew that would take me down through the interior of Florida. Turing off and heading down the divided 4 lane I wondered if Id made a big mistake. Lots of truck traffic and cops everywhere.

It was about lunch time, so I turned off the main road and heading into Lake Wales, crusing down main street looking for a likely lunch spot I saw this neat building.

Built in the 1930's it was an original Mall style shoping area and it had a great little lunch spot with some locals sitting in the cool interior halls.




One of the locals asked what I was up to and we got chatting. he told me that Sebring was starting that weekend and that I could take the old Hwy 17 down there. He assured me Id love that road. OMG! He wasnt wrong. Youd hardly believe you were still in Florida. Curves, hills, real hills! real curves, this road was amazing. The area is actually called the Highlands.
and of course the smell of citrus everywhere.


It was getting pretty late in the afternoon by the time I got into Sebring. Thats a tough circuit to find too. I had to ask a couple of different people how to find the place, way out in the middle of now where. Pulling up to the main gate and the roar of the engines, the smell of race fuel and the heavy smell of money! This place had some serious people that had spent some serious money on their sport. This was Thursday I think, the day before the real racing started and unfortunaley they were doing some testing and absolutley would not let me in. "Only race car owners today no exceptions". But he went on to tell me that if I drove over to the other side of the airfield there was a small road I could get onto and get a view of the track. "But dont tell them I told you and they will send a security car out there after you, so dont stay too long"




Didnt ever see any rent a cops, but a couple of trucks came down the road and gave me the evil eye. I would have so liked to have camped here for the night and got in with the racers, but wasnt to be, so on ward.

Its really getting late now and i need to start thinking about where to stay tonight. Looking on the map there isnt really anything around here. The only thing to do is hunker down and ride it all the way down to Everglades City. On the map its such a spec at the end of the everything. Remote, mysterious, umm my kinda place.

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Old 09-04-2007, 07:16 AM   #54
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Ah sorry, I didnt think anyone was reading and sorta lost interest again in finishing. I'll try to add the rest today.
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Old 09-04-2007, 08:35 AM   #55
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Hell yes, we're reading. Nice to see you back, continuing your journey. Are you an architect or builder? More pics of the modern houses would be interesting to me. And you're right about fools on Harleys....
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Old 09-04-2007, 09:31 AM   #56
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Ok so when I was in Orlando last time it was really to see a house that I was interested in. Its a very modern house with some really cool features. Ok maybe only cool to me. Built with pre formed concrete walls and floors that were brought in by truck and assembled on site with a crane, this house is pretty cutting edge in many ways. Last time i missed the chance to see it. So when i got home I called the builder and they were nice enought to set up this special appointment to get a tour. Part of the reason it worked out for me was because strangely the same day they had another request from a Architectual student in Gainsville that want to see it too. She had come along with her..umm husband and that was who the other two people were I saw now standing with the project manager.
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Is there a website, or something to see other pictures, and info about the house?
The pictures you provided are very interesting.
I like that floor!
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Old 09-05-2007, 07:39 AM   #57
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Everglades City

Leaving Sebring I was heading south down to Everglades city. The road down there is pretty deserted, apart from the occassional rambling migrant worker pick up. The locals all drive at a snails pace or pedal to the floor boards. I came across one guy in a thunderbird that was looking for a race. 100mph 110 and were just holding it there flying down this dead straight road. He started to slow and then gave a cheery wave as he turned off into his driveway. There are signs warning off panthers and speed limits of 45mph with large fines. I did back off when I went through these areas, but both sides of the road would have huge chain link fences. I wasnt sure if that was to keep the panthers off the road or the tourists out of the everglades. But either way I didnt see any livestock of any kind.

Pulling into Everglades City at dusk and its a one horse town and that horse died a few years ago. I circle a roundabout trying to figure out where a motel might be and a cop drives up behind me, giving me the evil eye. I take one of the four exits and he follows me as we slowly cruise down a wide avenue which lead to what turned out the be the one motel. The cop seemed happy to know he could find me if he wanted and drove off.

Turns out this town has had a very chequered past. Only back in the 80's there was huge drug busts, but it took the DEA to instigate it as all the local cops were on the take. Boat loads of marajana was coming in and 80% of the town was in someway connected to the trade. Now only tourisium was suporting the town and it wasnt doing much of a job.

My motel was run by an English couple. Kinda funny to find this woman behind the counter in the middle of no where with her intact English accent. She couldnt quite figure mine out, but after I reminisced about the old days back in England she finally had to ask and I spilled the beans that Im an old time Londoner.

Nice dinner in the resturant next door and a good night sleep finally on a real bed.

The next morning I figured I look around town a bit and try to make my way to some sort of coast. Its difficult to tell when your really at the coast as this is the area known as 10,000 islands. Some of them are just little stepping stones to the next and so you never really get a clear look out to the ocean from the main land. As I drove down a dusty dirt road I came across an old store. Turns out the place is a historic sight and now a museum. I love places like this and spent 2 hours just poking around the place. The woamn that runs it is a direct decendant of the founder of the store from 1906. this is the original building and has survived everything mother nautre could throw at it. Which could have something to do with the fact that mother nature is welcomed in through the planked wood walls and thin coragated roof. The lady told me that during the last hurricane she took a boat over to check on the store. The water was all the way up the pilones and lapping up through the floor. And yet nothing inside was lost.















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Hell yes, we're reading. Nice to see you back, continuing your journey. Are you an architect or builder? More pics of the modern houses would be interesting to me. And you're right about fools on Harleys....
Im a builder, well I might not be one for much longer if this downturn keeps up. I might really have to sell up everything and travel the world on a motorcycle!. Im going to post a link to some more info on that house on the next reply.
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Is there a website, or something to see other pictures, and info about the house?
The pictures you provided are very interesting.
I like that floor!
I have a couple more pics of the house, but I think I lost the rest when the computer took a dump and fried the harddrive. Here is a link to the Builder magazine I get that I first saw the house in.

http://www.builderonline.com/industr...icleID=419770#
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Leaving Everglades City and heading east into the Everglades proper. Theres not really much to see along Aligator Alley, no great vistas, no wild animals save the occasional squished one on the road side. Its quite dead, quite boring and long and straight. Theres a turn off some ways down that takes you onto a loop road. It looked a little more interesting on the map and I thought I might offer something more off the beaten track. And a track is what it turned out to be, a dirt track, which if you happened to pass someone going the other way then you were left coughing their dust for the next couple of miles. The track was boardered by tall grasses and palmettos and only now and again did you get a glimps of the dried out swamps that were once this lush place of beauty.

I drove for miles and then came to some cars parked up next to a bridge, crossing the brigde at a walking pace and I saw why everyone was stopping. It was a small oasis of the Everglades. The one that you imagine the place should look like. I pulled over to get a better look.

Taking my camera I hopped over the armaco rail and made my way down to the waters edge to get a good picture at ground level. Wow what a scene.



Standing by the edge of the water taking in the scene, it seemed as if all of the wildlife of the Everglades had congregated in this last little watery spot. As I looked closer I started to see more and more creatures and then I realized the place was packed with Aligators. theres about 10 visable in that shot. In the circle of life, the fish attract the birds, the birds attract the aligators. It was only as I was enjoying all this that I noticed something close by, holy crap!


This guy was actually heading towards me, when I spotted him. No wonder they put up that barrier, to stop idiots like me from climbing down to the waters edge. And everyone on the bridge was quietly watching, waiting for the impending show. It turns out this is the Aligators favorite way to fish. They sneak up under the water, then launch themselves out to grab their pray at the river bank and drag it back under the water.

Well after that close call I moved on and drove down to a camp site deep in the heart of the Everglades. Last time I was here was back in the 80's. Haleys comet was due and the people in other tents all got up at some un godly hour and made such a racket that you could only join them, to stare out to space and see absolutly nothing. Anyway this time the camp site was much more peaceful.

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