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

  1. danh600

    danh600 Been here awhile

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    #2
    Florida is scenic in a very subtle way. You generally aren't going to see great breath taking vistas. There are areas on the coast that are very nice. Many of the inlets and beaches are very nice. The interior can be scenic but it's more of a nice back roads kind of way. A pleasant drive but no catch your breath around this corner kind of places.

    Honestly if I was in a car and had to travel from Daytona to Bonita I would just get from A to B.

    Highway 27 is scenic in areas, but lots of stop lights and towns. Pretty busy up around the I-4 area. South past Lake Placid is nice. As for restaurants and taverns Sebring is bigger then Lake Placid and would probably give you more options.

    #4
    If you want to run down to the Everglades just jump on I-75 south. It will start east as you get to the bottom of Florida. Take 29 down to US41. Take US41 across the state. It's a bit more interesting then I-75. Lots of tourist type places to stop(airboat rides, Indian villages, etc.). Then take 997 down to Homestead and then go into the park.
    Once you get in the park there are picnic areas. At the end of the road is Flamingo. There is a store there with food etc. Places to picnic there.
    Keep in mind you are in the Everglades......that means bugs. Be prepared.

    #5
    I live a few miles from the Lake. It's not a bad ride around the lake. However, you have to drive off the main road in certain access areas to actually see the Lake. There is a large dike around the lake to keep the hurricanes from washing us away. There are a few restaurants around the lake.
    In Clewiston you have Rollin Martins. It's a tiki hut type bar/restaurant. Lots of locals, bass fishermen and bikers. Not a bad place.
    In Pahokee there is a restaurant right on the water. Outstanding location, food has been OK. The town is pretty poor and worn, but safe enough.
    In Okeechobee - You have Lightsey's. Close to the water.
    Keep in mind, around the Lake is NOT Disney world. It's not the tourist area of Florida. It's an agricultural area. All the buildings are not shiny and new. But it's a interesting place.
  2. airjammer

    airjammer Mission Valley, MT, SLC UT, GJ CO, Paonia CO

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    Hello Florida!!
    I'll be Driving in from Houston.
    Bringing the family to Disney for a week.

    Anyone know of a good hotel on the beach between Panama City and Pensacola?
  3. airjammer

    airjammer Mission Valley, MT, SLC UT, GJ CO, Paonia CO

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  4. Vico1

    Vico1 The Maestro

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    I live in Ft Walton Beach and we have many great places to stay - however this is still holiday season so rates and availability are not great.

    If you want and overnighter stay up on the interstate
    If you want beach side for one night expect $250.
    Condos will be for multiple nights.

    If I can help with other info let me know.
  5. Byob

    Byob n00b

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    What is required on your bike for riding Croone and the Ocala national forest?
    If your bike is plated and registered in a state that requires an inspection sticker, and you get pulled over in Florida, do they check to see if the inspection is current?

    You're thoughts are appreciated.
  6. Huzband

    Huzband Team Dirt

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    License & reg is all the police care about. Fl doesn't have inspections. Without a plate you would need a sticker from the USFS to ride in the forest. I believe Croom has a requirement of some kind, but I don't know what it is.
  7. Vico1

    Vico1 The Maestro

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    Huzband has the skinny.

    Tag and you are good to go...
  8. artimus_maximus

    artimus_maximus Long timer

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  9. Vico1

    Vico1 The Maestro

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    Thanks Artimus!
  10. Hennepinboy

    Hennepinboy Have battery will travel.

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    The more I read the more confused I become on requirement for highway plated motorcycle in the Ocala National Forrest use.

    Is a permit required for use on US Forrest Service Roads?

    I will be hiding from Minnesota winter the month of Febuary in Ocala. Will have a light weight dual sport for recreational riding. At this time I do not plan on leaving the Forrest Service Roads.
  11. Buzztail

    Buzztail Nomad

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    For service roads you need a plate, no different than on the street. For OHV areas you'll need an OHV pass.
  12. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    Valid D/L with MC endorsement and tag with current registration.
  13. StrokerJ

    StrokerJ n00b

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    Howdy, what PSI do you sand experts suggest. KLR with Metzlers, 350 lb rear sping, pregressive springs up front. 225 lb rider...40 lbs of day tripin gear. Can't wait to shed the cold, 4'" of snow Sunday.
  14. Buzztail

    Buzztail Nomad

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    Carry at least a hand pump, run as low as you can and still keep the bead on.
  15. Vico1

    Vico1 The Maestro

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    Good advice.
    Most of us run 12-15 on the rear and 15-17 on the front.
    Watch out for low pressure on 500s (especially if you dont have rim locks)..

    Run too low a pressure and a 500 will rip the tube stem right out! guess how I know...
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  16. michdave

    michdave Been here awhile

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    Hey Florida riders, I wanted to drop a line here and ask about possible riding opportunities near Tyndall AFB. A buddy and I are here for 5-6 weeks for training and we trailered to bikes down (YZ450/350EXC). I've checked out page 1 of this thread and played around on Rider-Planet. We've scoped out a few tracks that we may hit on the weekends because they're an hour or two away. Is anyone aware of any trails or off-road type of riding that we could do closer to the base and Panama City area?
  17. dazz

    dazz Falling off motorcycles for over 50 years.

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    I must be looking in the wrong place. Want to ride the Alligator Adventure Ride. Where can I get information?
  18. Huzband

    Huzband Team Dirt

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    Maybe Dixie Dual Sport?
  19. dwrobin

    dwrobin Been here awhile

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  20. dazz

    dazz Falling off motorcycles for over 50 years.

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    Shoot! Rats! As of Feb.15 it looks like a no go. If anyone hears it is back on please let me know.