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Old 04-14-2013, 06:42 AM   #16
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Looks like you had a great trip!

I've enjoyed the first six days of your road trip, it looks like your had a great time! I'm looking forward to the rest of the adventure.
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Old 04-14-2013, 01:45 PM   #17
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:37 PM   #18
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Day 7 - Thursday, September 14th, 2012

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Day 7 – Thursday, September 13th, 2012

It was very hard to leave Fernandino Beach and the friends I made there, but I had a good friend of mine provide me with a free 2 night stay and the Westin in Orlando plus $100 credit that he won online. I booked the room a few days in advance and was looking forward to a sleep out of the humidity. The Green Bay Packers also had a game so I planned on taking advantage of that $100 credit. This was the first day of significant rain I encountered. I saw my first dolphins on a ferry boat crossing. I also stopped in at Seaworld and met Shamu.

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Unzipped the tent and woke up to this view

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The Beach grass waving in the wind

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Beach grass waving to the water rolling ashore

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Just on the inland side of Fernandina Park

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Love ocean piers!

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Go Time!

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One of the best breakfast sandwich's ever here!

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I get a kick out of this, at this time in Wisconsin these piles are typically leaves!

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Dolphins in the river

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Raining on the ferry crossing...

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The oldest city in the USA

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The view from my hotel room... Orlando was way to manufactured and characterless for my taste... This hotel is very high class. You should've saw the valet's face when I strolled up in the old KLR and suit, shock and awe. I am pretty familiar with life on the road so it was funny to see everyone gawk at me. I've found that these upperclass people are more or less afraid of someone that doesn't conform. At that point I try to make them as uncomfortable as possible by making conversation.

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Shamu was pretty neat if you do have stop in Orlando..

I finished up the $100 dollar credit on beers and the hotel bar and then took a cab to a popular bar. These bars just aren't as inviting to outsiders as the ones I am familiar with. It was a good time but I already knew after a few hours in Orlando that this was not my place. I planned to forgo my extra night stay and hit the road the following morning.

Thanks for reading... tomorrow I make it to the Keys!

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Old 05-21-2013, 03:57 PM   #19
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The day's start melding together in Florida...

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Once I rid myself of the commercialized Orlando/Miami area I felt like I was back at peace with my ride. I made a few "passing through" stops on my way to the Keys, but neither getting out of Orlando or driving through Miami were memorable! Getting the the South side of Miami was a relief even if it was Friday night at the Keys highway was fairly busy. Seeing that first blue ocean water from a linear connection of concrete bridges was fascinating. I was recommended by the locals to try and find a beach side camping spot which is available first come first serve at the state park! I met some of my favorite locals of the entire trip at the bar in Islamorado, near the laundrymat I used while eating next door at the restaurant. Just a little harbor town I watched a local kid pull in a shark!

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Red Flag Days on the Beach are my fave!

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Miami during rush hour backup on Friday evening...

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Finally out of the nonsense!

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Someone lost a boat on the Key bridges, I would've left it too...

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Bridge after bridge!

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Magical skies of whispy white clouds!

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My campsite at Long's Key right on the oceanside!

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Can't beat a village with a small port, bar, laundrymat, and restaurant... but most of all the people were fantastic and we still remain "facebook" friends!

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Harbor view from where the kid caught his shark!

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As I layed my head to sleep, a fantastic view from the zipper closing on my tent!

Until next time, thanks for following along!
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Old 05-21-2013, 04:28 PM   #20
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Florida Time... Destination reached on the biggest motorcycle rally in Key West

I just happened to end up at my final destination unknowingly on the largest motorcycle festival in Key West history. The amount of Harley bikers there was unimaginable, and there interest in my "enduro" that drove all the way from Wisconsin was like I was telling them a fictional story complete with dinosaurs. I can hang with almost any crowd so the leathers and tattoos weren't scary in the least. I exchanged words about my KLR with a man the was really into them and he explained to me all the idiosyncracies with them. He even offered me a place to stay and a KLR to ride during October Daytona Bike Rally in a couple weeks... but I used more the my alotted vacation on this trip already unfortunately. I was able to take the obligatory "most southern point in the US" picture as well! I met a really great family that has lived on the keys for a few years, with a really nice daughter my age that showed me around. It was one of those interactions that really justify a trip of this length. The beer was cheap the music was jamming all day and late into the night. We went from country music, to rock, to beach side jams. The hours passed by fast in the heavy sunshine and hot temps. Soon all there was was moon and as the crowds thinned out. In the distance a group of Harley exhausts would all echo into the darkness as they left town on the only road. I hadn't really planned on the day happening that fast. Apparently we weren't the only ones as I saw many Harley's with grown men strewn across the seats. After a few hours of hanging around the docks we all headed north out of town just before the sun rose... heat lighting flashed in all directions. With a wave as I exited off the road to my tent it was the last I heard of those great people!

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Leaving Long's Key in the Morning... "watch out for snakes"

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Bahia Honda State Park

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The Gulf Side!

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Watching the fisherman

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The road to Key West

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I laughed at the amount of trailered in bikes...

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The streets were jam packed!

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Almost identical mileage on these twins!

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The rooster was thirsty as well..

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Bikes on bikes

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Jamming at Irish Bar

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Sleeping it off!

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Destination achieved!

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It was a memorable day, and I finally made my destination! So many great people met! The motorcycle rally just enhanced the experience. Now the journey back!

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Old 06-18-2013, 10:47 AM   #21
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Wicked Launching North

I am gearing up for an west coast/Alaska trip in ten days from now June 28, 2013 so I wanted to finish my Key West Ride Report from last September 2012 before I left! It is picture heavy but that is my style anyhow! Hope you enjoy the final days of my Key West Run from Wisconsin!

The last couple days of my trip involved heading back north at a faster pace. I wish I had some more time to explore the south but work was calling!

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GATORS in the glades!
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Airboat Rides had to happen!
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Giant Grasshoppers getting their groove on in the glades...
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The everglades are very unique, with unique folks
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Wandering Naples I got a laugh out of this bait shop
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Naples, FL Beach
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Koreshan State Park, Naples, FL.. weird place... it was started as a cult religion and they apparently liked palms. The place looks like a jungle! Another nice Florida Park although
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A mix of pines and Palms
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Koreshan Camp
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A little breakfast at Koreshan
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I liked this sign in Fort Meyers, FL. I stopped in town for an oil change against my better judgment. By the time the oil was changed and I bought a pair of gloves I spent over a hundred dollars. Crazy! What's the best way to change oil on the road?
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NW Florida off of the Gulf
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These are fun in the rain
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Just South of Tallahassee I pulled up the radar as I was ending the day and it looked like a big stormy night ahead so I pulled into the local hotel... good decision as it was still pouring rain in the morn!
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Just before Panama City after the rain cleared in the morning.
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There sure are some pretty beaches in the gulf... this was my last ocean view in Destin, Fl... the sand in the community was so bright here you almost need sunglasses daily!
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Rounding the elevated highways around New Orleans, note the Aircraft flying overhead!
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Missouri's Tallest Point - Taum Sauk Mountain
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Love the crazies in these crop dusters in the Iowa!
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Almost Home to Wisco and duck hunting opener!
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Fall in Wisconsin - Absolutely Love IT!
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It's All Over :( !
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Within 10 minutes of getting home I had my canoe loaded up and I was headed out bowhunting for Whitetails... I put the KLR in the garage and didn't touch it again for 4 months until one winter day I got bored and drove it out on the lakes while the ice fisherman shook there heads at me :)

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Thanks for tagging along... For my Alaska trip I am considering updating as I go when access permits! Have to love those live reports. What they lack in content, they excel in enthusiasm! And that is what it's all about! Anyone bored for 3 1/2 weeks starting June 28th... lets go!

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Great job on the RR. Lots of envy here. Looks like you had a great time. What was the result of the cop stop?
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Great job on the RR. Lots of envy here. Looks like you had a great time. What was the result of the cop stop?
A long lecture and then he just drove away without saying a word! Haha thanks for the kind words here :)

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Boy I would love to do Alaska but cant till next year.
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Great country....

Great RR....thanks for the time involved in doing it.

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The only thing you need for an Alaska run is more time, allot more time...I'm running it already.

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