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Discussion in 'The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan' started by NativeSon, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. DevilDog78

    DevilDog78 Adventurer

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    Thanks for the links. This will get me started-
  2. froger

    froger Been here awhile

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    Have never been to flatistan, nor have I been east of the Mississippi on a bike for a long time. But I'm thinking about it.
    Plan "A", is get the best foul weather gear I can, ride the KLR to southern Cal, and turn left. Plan "B", is to load the vintage 175 into the truck, and drive to upper flatistan.
    What kind of weather should I expect, crossing the southern US in January? I don't figgure it to be nice all the way, but I don't want to get rained on for a week either.
    My 175 can cruse at 50-55, but that's about it. If I stuck to back roads as best I could, and did most of my riding early in the morning, would that be good enough for most of flatistan? I want to visit the Key's, but am not keen on seeing any big city's, unless it can't be avoided.
  3. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2013 DR650

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    ... in the next couple of days.

    I'm just 151 miles away right now.

    I'm riding down the GA coast tomorrow.

    I've done a 333 mile day from my base camp, and then a 300 mile day into Bluffton, S.C.

    I should be able to do a 151 mile day.

    I'm not too sure what I'll do from there. I'm not sure if I'll ride down the coast or head right to Tampa Bay, FL.

    Let me know if anyone wants to ride or hang out.
  4. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    Pot luck:deal

    Change the gearing, you might get run over at those speeds. Crusie at 60 should be adequate as long as you stay out of the larger cities.
  5. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    PM or email, I can show you some of the better DS riding in Central FL.
  6. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2013 DR650

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    Thanks for the offer.

    I managed to find some off roadinf north of ft pierce while looking for a camp site


    I found a place near the old Dixie highway train tracks

    I'm in corral springs due to my mistake navigating and rain. So ended up back tracking from ft Lauderdale! Blast

    I looked at my maps later and saw this as sign to skip the everglades Nat park

    I'll just head west on the 75 and into golden gate
    Shark park does not look that great so I'll skip the tamiami trail

    I saw two large gators while exploring the cape Canaveral Nat Mon so I'm good
    Plus the mosquito are going to be bad, and I'm day 11 of 53ish so I'd like to spend more time in dry weather and not in the swamp. Just not my thing.

    Besides its going to rain again so I'll just push west on the slab
  7. deutchman

    deutchman Adventurer

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    I'd be interested in hearing more about what you found in the Ft Pierce vicinity.I'm not in Ft. Pierce at the moment but have property near St. Lucie Airport which is just on the north side of town.
  8. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2013 DR650

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    Hard packed sandy roads. There are some sandy spots at four ways. I droped my mc for the first time not paying attention. Good way to learn when no damage is down
    The sandy Dirt roads are really hard. They do not give much at all.



    Lots of nice homes and farms canals separate property

    Lots of suburbs near old Dixie highway

    Mosquitoes were not terrible. Easy to kill


    Hope this helps
  9. Flirtin w/Disaster

    Flirtin w/Disaster Been here awhile

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    You could catch Hwy 98 in LA (lower Alabama) just west of Florida and ride the coast all the way to Tampa. No big cities between the two. Meander down to the keys, head up the east coast on Hwy 1 and then possibly Hwy 90 back West. Lots of forests, farms and rivers inland, which is never too far. Either bike would be fine. If true winter is gone this time of year is perfect riding. Cool mornings and warmer afternoons mostly. Summer can start around March if we're lucky/unlucky.
    Good luck!
  10. jaydee1445

    jaydee1445 Footpeg Crash Tester

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  11. Herkjerk

    Herkjerk Been here awhile

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    Anyone know of a rental place near Tampa or Orlando besides eagle rider that rents dual sports or at least something besides Harley's?
  12. brewmann

    brewmann Been here awhile

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    The fee is a little steep, but the ride is much more enjoyable than most HD products...

    http://monsvenuslive.com
  13. Huzband

    Huzband Team Dirt

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    I have it on good authority that BMW Jax will soon be offering for rent 12RT's, 12GS's, & K16's.

    Let the fun begin. :evil
  14. schoals

    schoals Been here awhile

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    You sir are correct :deal
  15. qvasic

    qvasic Been here awhile

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    Hi everybody!

    I am wondering, are there any primitive campsites to the north of Canaveral right on the ocean coast? Me and my friend are going on a coast to coast journey, so I want first night to be right on the Atlantic coast, so nobody can accuse us later that it wasn't real coast to coast trip. :)

    Something like this:

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  16. Philip Kuntz

    Philip Kuntz Fleasy Rider

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  17. qvasic

    qvasic Been here awhile

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    Yes, they don't allow camping there in summer because of sea turtles nesting season, and we are going in August... :(
    May be there is something at least remotely similar?..
  18. Philip Kuntz

    Philip Kuntz Fleasy Rider

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    This place has nice facilities. We stayed there for a couple of nights. You can't camp on the beach, but you can hear it from your tent. Camping in August in FL is not the brightest idea.

    http://www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia/

    You can ride your bike down Daytona Beach, get some pics in front of the Ocean. Stay in a motel and turn on the AC. :evil

    Or whip out your tent, set it up next to the bike. Snap some pics and put it away!:lol3
  19. Huzband

    Huzband Team Dirt

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    Love your parking style! Of course, that's the only way in soft sand.
  20. qvasic

    qvasic Been here awhile

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    Made reservation at Gamble Rogers recreational area, looks like it is closest I can get.