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Old 12-17-2012, 09:19 PM   #1
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Good offroading in Florida? Winter trip.

Hey!
I'm visiting my bro in Richmond, VA. I actually live near Richmond,CA, but nevermind that....
So, I was thinking about heading down to Florida on some cold miserable day in January or February and ride around for a week.


I think it would be cool to try out the autotrain. Since the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed in the winter, there aren't any good routes down the east coast. Also, I can keep my 50/50 ds tires and ride in that sugar sand like a BAUCE! (The 50/50 ds tire will only last ~1k mi).

I'd also like to visit that buoy/sign at Key West and historic buildings in St. Augustine.

What would be some kewl places to ride in FL with a 690? Nice camp spots? Maybe ORV parks?
Let me know your favorite routes while I do some googling.
I'm really looking forward to it since I'm usually hating my life in the winter...
Thanks!

Edit: I'm going to ask for this to be moved to
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:50 AM   #2
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Ocala Nat'l Forest.
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:02 PM   #3
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Just my .02, based on living here awhile....

Key West is cool to see. Once. Lots to do if you're into fishing, diving, or drag queens. It is a long haul relative to what's there.

The best beach is Siesta Key in Sarasota - like powdered sugar. The village there is everything you'd like Key West to be but it isn't. Super laid back, some nice bars and restaurants, etc. At sundown, take your beer and cigar down to the beach to watch the incredible sunsets.

The Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Pete just awesome, if you like great art or are just a fan of Dalís eccentricity.

St. Augustine is really cool, especially if you're a history buff. The castle tour features cannon demos, and the cannoneers are major history geeks who know their shit. Great little Spanish village with shops, food, cafes, etc.

Whorelando is nice in winter, you can hit a Disney part without sweating off 20 lbs. Epcot is fun if you stop for a beer in every "country". The Corona Cigar Store is cool if you smoke cigars - neat place to shop, hang out and smoke one over a coffee.

The Kennedy Space Center isn't what it used to be now that the shuttle program is shut down, but there's a lot of Apollo moonshot stuff. If you're lucky enough to be in Cape Canaveral during a satellite lauch, it's a good show from the Port C. bars at night. In the same general area, there's also Lous' Blues, a surfer/biker hangout on the beach with live rock & roll on weekends, and decent bar food. It's primarily a Harley scene, but no one's ever given me a hard time.

Miami and particular, SouthBeach is a cool place to visit, if you're into the beach/club scene.
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:46 PM   #4
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There will be a bunch of us dual sporting in the Osceola National Forest end of Jan, check out the BQF 5 thread.
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:39 AM   #6
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3 national forests; Ocala, Osceola, and apalachicola in Tallahassee area. All 3 have their good and bad points (hope you like sand). Hunting season is in full swing, so the next few weeks for some people is dormant on riding dirt.

If you give people a heads up where you're going, there's likely some FF that will lead you on a ride.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:29 AM   #7
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Be very careful, It was that kind of thinking that got me moved t0 fl in 1997 and have never looked back. Withlacoochee forest on the nature coast side.
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:28 AM   #8
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Thanks for the info and the southern hospitality.
I have to do some more research on routes, etc.
I also have to round some people up and get people to ride with me. It's looks like a solo ride, though.

The auto train is pretty expensive. Round-trip is a little more than $500, and all it saves you is a day. It looks kinda of comfy, better than flying coach on an airplane.....
I may still do it. It's kind of neat and I want to try it.
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:11 AM   #9
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Thanks for the info and the southern hospitality.
I have to do some more research on routes, etc.
I also have to round some people up and get people to ride with me. It's looks like a solo ride, though.

The auto train is pretty expensive. Round-trip is a little more than $500, and all it saves you is a day. It looks kinda of comfy, better than flying coach on an airplane.....
I may still do it. It's kind of neat and I want to try it.
We did an auto train trip up last July...we had a blast...

http://forum.dixiedualsport.com/post...Mayhem-5915016
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:45 PM   #10
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Well I'm sorting through all the resources I have available.
This thread is helpful:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=571818

I'd love to try this stuff out on the 690....
Florida!
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Old 12-24-2012, 06:15 AM   #11
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Well I'm sorting through all the resources I have available.
This thread is helpful:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=571818

I'd love to try this stuff out on the 690....
Florida!
Have you ever ridden in the "Devil Sand" before ?? There is an art to it....
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Old 12-24-2012, 06:53 AM   #12
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Dont know if you will be heading up to the Panhandle area but we have some great riding up here. Yes there is an abundance of sand here also... but we do have LOTS of riding area.

If you trip takes you to the Pensacola area look us up.

Just for fun here is a quick vid I put together playing with my new camera...

http://youtu.be/zY0aETRMsgY

enjoy you trip and BE SAFE....
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:52 PM   #13
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Have you ever ridden in the "Devil Sand" before ?? There is an art to it....
Nope!!

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Dont know if you will be heading up to the Panhandle area but we have some great riding up here. Yes there is an abundance of sand here also... but we do have LOTS of riding area.

If you trip takes you to the Pensacola area look us up.

Just for fun here is a quick vid I put together playing with my new camera...

http://youtu.be/zY0aETRMsgY

enjoy you trip and BE SAFE....
I'll be safe, thanks.

It looks like I'll do something like:
day 1) arrive in Orlando via auto train
2) ride around in Ocala
3) visit St. Augustine
4,5) head south to Big Cypress, ride around a bit. See some panthers. There's a huge GDB file on the Big Cypress website.
6) Quick drive-by to Miami to get a photo of me and my bike near those art deco hotels that were in Scarface and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
7,8) Keep going south to Key West.
9.10) Head back north and get on the auto train.

The green stuff is the offroading I'll do. I'll try to do more, like Croom Motorcycle Area @Withlacoochee State Forest....

Kind of a loaded question: would I be missing out on some super-awesome stuff if I skip the other national/state parks?? I don't know what should be my priority. There seems to be a lot of dual-sport riding (LUCKY YOU!) and it all looks the same to me.

The trip down to Key West will eat 3 days (1. get there, 2. do something, 3. get back north), but I really want to check it out.

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Old 12-25-2012, 05:19 PM   #14
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best to skip Big cypress unless you dig fairly straight dirt track , levees and slab. Better to check out Ocala Natl Forest, Richloam, Withlacoochee or Apalachicola. WAY more fun stuff in those areas than anything to the south. I know that Key West seems like a must for a FL visit but there are better places for sure as others have suggested. If you must you must but do consider some less touristy spots especially on an MC trip.
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Old 12-25-2012, 05:30 PM   #15
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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.
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