"Back Door" into the Gay Republic (Sandbox)

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by PhilSpace, Feb 22, 2005.

  1. PhilSpace

    PhilSpace The Gov Administrator

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    OK Linz and crew talk to me. It looks like I've got 3 days to get from VA to Miami which means I can completely avoid 95. Current plan is to do my work thing on Tuesday and Wednesday and hit KBM's house on Thursday PM and meet up with Steverino and the other early birds

    I was going to take the back roads (which I know fairly well as far down as SC). and I plan on going down on the west side of Okeechobee and hit Miami from Krome Ave (near where I work) - btdt too.

    What I need is some advice on sneaking in over the panhandle from SC, through GA and down the tother side to get to 27 or 441 the fun way :ricky

    So, Linz, Mostro and the rest of you sandboxers, cough it up, what say yea, where be them thar secret roads :ear
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  2. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    About 300 miles north. :1drink
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  3. Linzi

    Linzi Crazy Plott Lady

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    Yeah, sorry, Spacey...I know 95 really blows goats, sometimes (okay, most of the time), but there isn't anything that's much better. You can take 41 or 19 down through the central part of the state, but that's not so exciting. And, when you get into the St. Pete/Clearwater/Tampa area, they both really, really, really stink (trust me, my mom lives there).

    Maybe take 27 from the Alachua area down? It swings by Orlando, but it's not through Downtown. It'll also take you past Sebring, and then you can go by Lake Okeedokee, if you want.

    Sorry this isn't very helpful, but either way you choose, it's gonna be a dull ride. :dunno I'd skip 95 through SC, 'cause I swear that seems like the longest stretch of interstate on the planet, but once you get into the GA/FL area, I'd just hot foot it on down to Daytona and Miami...
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  4. Flash

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    Boy, here's a guy with more electronic gear than most Third World countries and he wants directions?

    Hiya Phil :wave

    KBM, Linzi and Mostro can help you with GA. How far west are you looking to go? All the way to the Gulf? Three days RT'ing should be plenty of time, VA to Miami.

    Remember this is Florida, the secondary roads are a lot like the slab, only narrower. 19 parallels the west coast and is very Old Florida. Not much traffic, the occasional local LEO. 2 lane divided, 60-65 mph most of the way. Town every 30 miles or so. For God's sake cut east at Brooksville, don't follow 19 into Tampa.

    27 is pretty much the same way. Be careful of cops. You get lulled into submission. Weekdays stretches of 27 (south of I 4) just drone on and its easy to find yourself touring at 90 mph.

    Stop for catfish in Okeechobee.

    What were you thinking?
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  5. Linzi

    Linzi Crazy Plott Lady

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    Also, if you want to go to the Keys, TAKE CARD SOUND ROAD instead of US 1. Yes, it dumps you farth up on Key Largo, but you usually make much better time because you miss the 2-lane parking lot that is US 1 from Homestead to Key Largo. Might still be backed up, but once you hit Islamorada and Marathon, stuff gets prettier, and then you won't care about traffic so much. :thumb
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  6. Linzi

    Linzi Crazy Plott Lady

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    This is wise...very, very wise. You don't want to hit 19 through Pinellas County. And, you certainly don't want to his the Sunshine Skyway Bridge when they've got a jumper up there. Stops everything.
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  7. Flash

    Flash Sand Boxer

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    Amen :pope
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    Flash Sand Boxer

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    :lol3 Take 75 at that point south to 70 or 72 then east thru Wimauma or Arcadia, continue east to 27 then south.

    Or jump off here in Sarasota and take 41 south thru Ft Myers and Naples. Don;t take the Alley east, take 41 ocross the Okeefenokee. DURING THE DAY.
    At points you're mere feet from the swamp. A missed corner late at night and after 2 minutes of bubbles you're a CSI Miami episode. :eek1
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  9. PhilSpace

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    Thanks, I was planning on hugging the lake on my way to Miami. Spacewife and I have done 27/441. I was just looking for something more exciting than 95 to Jax and then over to 301 - figured there would be something better to the east starting with 221.

    The electronic crap is a good start, but sometimes a good looking route on the puter blows mega goats with the reality of traffic and Barney Fife.

    Maybe 31 outa Valdumster would be good :lol3
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  10. PhilSpace

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    Last time spacewife and I rode down we did 27 and she was hittin a buck ten when she passed me - meanwhile Mr. Valentine was saying slow down.

    Got lots of time, west is good. Damn, three days from VA to Miami gives me lots of time.
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  11. Flash

    Flash Sand Boxer

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    ElPelon...you on board tonight?
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    Yeah, 27 can be a freaking autobahn. Come over a rise and look at 2 miles on orange groves. Hammer down.

    Cedar Key is a cool place off the west coast north of Tampa. Weeki Wachee,
    Homosassa Springs, touristy but worth a stop.

    Ft Myers has the Thomas Edison house which is very interesting. Naples has a ...well...an opportunity to head east.

    The middle of the state is barren. You quickly realize why folks live on the coast.
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  13. PhilSpace

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    Ugh, Mongo stay away from Tampa/St. Pete - ex-wifey and my evil sister-in-law from hell both live there - juju bad, juju very very bad.

    Starting to sound like I just come down 221 into Florida and then head off on 27 and screw around until I need to hit the Doral on Monday - damn it's a rough life. Then after two days of bullshit meetings and a lot of time at the Doral Ale House off to see you bastiges at KBM's.
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  14. 2ndSPACE

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    Take 19, I dare you. Just ride real fast by any trailer parks.:annie
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    :nono
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  16. PirateJohn

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    Oh guys ... there is actually some great riding that way! And sightseeing.

    441 and 27 through Ocala will take you through the horse farms and great roads. Look for the airport near Ocala where John Travolta maintains his primary residence, complete with facilities for his private 707.

    441 will put you within 4 miles of Don Garlit's museum on I-95, which is great.

    Ocklawaha is nearby. That's the town where Ma Barker got gunned down in 1935. It's a small place with two biker bars, one is about a 4 on my 5 point David Allan Coe scale, and a nice seafood joint on the lake.

    That loop around Lake Weir is great riding with rolling hills, something that you don't usually see in Florida.

    Leesburg has the Leesburg Bike Festival and is also the town where Ozzy's guitarist got killed when some of the band members buzzed the tour bus with an airplane.

    Mt. Dora isn't really rider friendly but it's still a popular place for folks to ride to. It's a quaint retiree place.

    If you run down 27 make a point to stop in at Yeehaw Junction. Nice bar, and reportedly the only (former) brothel on the National Registrar of Historic Places. Lots of history there.

    Tell you what. Send an email to BuccaneerPress@aol.com and I'll send you a .PDF of my upcoming book on Northeastern Florida. And you can download my free guide to the Keys from the link below. Sorry, but I don't have my material on Southern FL put together yet but that should be out sometime this year.

    Have fun!
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  17. ddlewis

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    301 is a nice ride for most of the way. When you get to Richmond, I'd go 295 around and then pick up 1/301 again south of Petersburg.. It's actually pretty nice down in south Ga into N Fl with all the horse farms.

    If you want to hang to the east you can take 17 off 301 around Fort AP Hill, that's an even better ride, but never been S. of Myrtle Beach area on it.

    301/27/441 from Lady Lake to Leesburg sucks ass IMO. I'd rather do Turnpike than that stripmall infested piece of stop-light hell..
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  18. bman

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    Some pretty good info in here
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  19. Linzi

    Linzi Crazy Plott Lady

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    I'm sorry...I was born and raised in Gainesville and think everything around it is incredibly boring, Ocala-area included. The horsies are cute and fuzzy, but that's about all Marion County has going for it.
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  20. PhilSpace

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    Thanks PirateJohn and Bman! That thread about coming in from Gainesville helps alot. I'm just looking for some back roads without the Rt 1 or 29 strip mall hell.

    Great info, thanks guys :thumb
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