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Old 07-07-2013, 04:15 AM   #16
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I liked it. I can't seem to be that dedicated to take photos and write a log when I ride. Next time we ride together I'll have you do it. Ride safe.
Yeah stopping and taking pictures is really the hardest part. I look forward too putting in some mile with you when I get back to the midwest.
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Old 07-07-2013, 05:08 AM   #17
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yeah, all the mutts gotta bust on florida.... i hope they freeze their azz'z off next february.... .... 41 around everglades city is pretty cool, so is everglades city...... take that 'loop road' on a sunny day in the winter, and you'll see a metric buttload of alligators, maybe more...... check out the clyde butcher gallery down there too, florida's ansel adams...
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Old 07-07-2013, 05:29 AM   #18
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yeah, all the mutts gotta bust on florida.... i hope they freeze their azz'z off next february.... .... 41 around everglades city is pretty cool, so is everglades city...... take that 'loop road' on a sunny day in the winter, and you'll see a metric buttload of alligators, maybe more...... check out the clyde butcher gallery down there too, florida's ansel adams...
I will have to see this metric buttload sounds cool.
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Old 07-07-2013, 06:21 AM   #19
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My parents retired from Cincinnati to St Pete Beach back in the mid 1980's and lived the rest of their lives there until passing a few years ago. One of my brothers moved there about 6-7 years ago, the only thing he took with him was his bike. He now has a house and a sailboat, but still has his bike. I have traveled to that area many many times during those years, and a few times have either been on a bike, or rented one once I got down there. I don't think I could ever "live" there, but as others have said, taking a nice ride down there in January when it is cold and snowy up here is certainly a big inticement for spending time down there.

One year my brother, my son, and I all took bikes out toward Sebring one sunny day in Late December. We did find some curves and hills, not many but a few, and it sure beat sitting inside up north WISHING we were riding.

Enjoyed your report and pics....keep them coming.
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Old 07-07-2013, 06:32 AM   #20
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My parents retired from Cincinnati to St Pete Beach back in the mid 1980's and lived the rest of their lives there until passing a few years ago. One of my brothers moved there about 6-7 years ago, the only thing he took with him was his bike. He now has a house and a sailboat, but still has his bike. I have traveled to that area many many times during those years, and a few times have either been on a bike, or rented one once I got down there. I don't think I could ever "live" there, but as others have said, taking a nice ride down there in January when it is cold and snowy up here is certainly a big inticement for spending time down there.

One year my brother, my son, and I all took bikes out toward Sebring one sunny day in Late December. We did find some curves and hills, not many but a few, and it sure beat sitting inside up north WISHING we were riding.

Enjoyed your report and pics....keep them coming.
Thanks, the only thing I came down here with was my bike, and just brought what I could fit on it; so I share your brothers mind set i suppose.
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Old 07-07-2013, 06:48 AM   #21
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Thanks for reading it, If you ever wanna do a day ride let me know. any other must sees in florida?
Will do. I would say a ride up north (Ocala, Crystal River, Cedar Key, Rainbow river) may surprise you. There are not a lot of curves but the scenery can be worth it.
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Old 07-07-2013, 12:51 PM   #22
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Good ride & report. As someone mentioned (and I never thought of it that way), FL riding has subtleties. And lots of regional variations, even if a whole lot of it is flat. Check out Central FL Tag O Rama for ideas on what's out there. And for excuses to ride to new places.

You didn't mention, or I missed it, but if you ride around the rim of Okeechobee down US 441/SR715/US27 to 997 there are a few kind of wayside parks and/or boat launches on top of the levee. Good views of the expanse of Lake Okeechobee.

I like that hostel - looks like a neat place.... if you mingle well.

Keep it up.
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Old 07-07-2013, 01:16 PM   #23
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Good ride & report. As someone mentioned (and I never thought of it that way), FL riding has subtleties. And lots of regional variations, even if a whole lot of it is flat. Check out Central FL Tag O Rama for ideas on what's out there. And for excuses to ride to new places.

You didn't mention, or I missed it, but if you ride around the rim of Okeechobee down US 441/SR715/US27 to 997 there are a few kind of wayside parks and/or boat launches on top of the levee. Good views of the expanse of Lake Okeechobee.

I like that hostel - looks like a neat place.... if you mingle well.

Keep it up.
Thanks, I saw a couple of roads going up there, but thought I would have the cops behind me if I did it. I guess I was aloud and didn't know it. Im definitely going to check out central florida. I really wanna go to the panhandle too.
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:57 AM   #24
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Nice RR

My only critique would be Mickey D's and B King? C'mon man! Gotta have some food porn on the coastal trip. Thanks for the story.
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:37 PM   #25
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My only critique would be Mickey D's and B King? C'mon man! Gotta have some food porn on the coastal trip. Thanks for the story.
I must break my fast food habit, thanks for the tip. mom and pop restaurants will definitely be in my next RR.
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:58 PM   #26
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I must break my fast food habit, thanks for the tip. mom and pop restaurants will definitely be in my next RR.


The stories, the people, the food, and all the weird stuff along the way make for a great trip. I am going to find that hostel one of these days!
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:12 PM   #27
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The first time I rode out to Okachobee(?) lake I was looking forward to riding around it and seeing some good scenery and like you I was bummed to see a big freaking hill(dike) blocking all of the view. Yes there are some spots to get off and site see but when I am riding I am riding. There is a fair amount of roads to ride down here to keep the interest. No mountains and or deals gap but riding 365 days more than makes up for it and we are close enough to a ride to west virginia, tn, nc etc. Welcome to the gulf coast.
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:53 PM   #28
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The first time I rode out to Okachobee(?) lake I was looking forward to riding around it and seeing some good scenery and like you I was bummed to see a big freaking hill(dike) blocking all of the view. Yes there are some spots to get off and site see but when I am riding I am riding. There is a fair amount of roads to ride down here to keep the interest. No mountains and or deals gap but riding 365 days more than makes up for it and we are close enough to a ride to west virginia, tn, nc etc. Welcome to the gulf coast.


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Old 07-09-2013, 03:02 PM   #29
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The first time I rode out to Okachobee(?) lake I was looking forward to riding around it and seeing some good scenery and like you I was bummed to see a big freaking hill(dike) blocking all of the view. Yes there are some spots to get off and site see but when I am riding I am riding. There is a fair amount of roads to ride down here to keep the interest. No mountains and or deals gap but riding 365 days more than makes up for it and we are close enough to a ride to west virginia, tn, nc etc. Welcome to the gulf coast.
Thanks Rockmurf,

I'm starting to hit my stride here in the great state of Florida. still getting used to all the rain. I've got some more trips to central Florida and the panhandle in my remaining 7 months here. I look forward to all these USFR made of crushed coral and sand. where ever they are.
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:51 AM   #30
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Great report! Been down that way many times myself. It can be cool traveling 17 south through the state seeing all the old towns that are still old and havent grown with the times. 41 instead of Alligator Alley is a good alternative but get stuck behind a truck and it can be frustrating. Much rather travel inland than on the interstate.

As others have said, the roads north and inland can be really good. Through Ocala, Palatka, Gainesville area are some nice country roads with good scenery. Just watch out for the speed traps. I have yet to ride out to Cedar Key. Have to do that one of these days.
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