Good offroading in Florida? Winter trip.

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  1. thorinoakenshield

    thorinoakenshield ya mo be there

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    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.
    :jkam

    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! :d (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... :cry
    Thanks! :jkam

    Edit: I'm going to ask for this to be moved to
    The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan

    Sorry
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  2. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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  3. Celtic Curmudgeon

    Celtic Curmudgeon Indiana Jones wanabe

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    Key West is cool to see. Once. Lots to do if you're into fishing, diving, or drag queens. :sweeti 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.:jkam

    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". :beer The Corona Cigar Store is cool if you smoke cigars - neat place to shop, hang out and smoke one over a coffee. :jose

    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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  4. newcastleadam

    newcastleadam Artful Tagger

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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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  5. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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  6. motomike14

    motomike14 Thumper Crusader

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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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  7. kelly duke 2000

    kelly duke 2000 Closed, Gone Riding

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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.:rofl:rofl:rofl Withlacoochee forest on the nature coast side.
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  8. thorinoakenshield

    thorinoakenshield ya mo be there

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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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  9. brewmann

    brewmann Been here awhile

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    We did an auto train trip up last July...we had a blast...

    http://forum.dixiedualsport.com/post/0704-AutoTrain-Mayhem-5915016
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  10. thorinoakenshield

    thorinoakenshield ya mo be there

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  11. brewmann

    brewmann Been here awhile

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    Have you ever ridden in the "Devil Sand" before ?? There is an art to it....
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  12. Vico1

    Vico1 The Maestro

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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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  13. thorinoakenshield

    thorinoakenshield ya mo be there

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    Nope!!

    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. :D 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.:evil
    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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  14. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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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. :freaky
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  15. Dr.Z

    Dr.Z 6Sigma Knuckle Shflr

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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! :evil

    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. :deal
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  16. thorinoakenshield

    thorinoakenshield ya mo be there

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    Ok ok. Thx for the feedback.
    I'll skip the touristy stuff and stick to the dirt stuff up north and in the panhandle.
    LOL Key West does seem like a must. I always see pics of bikes near that large buoy:
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    And of course, I'm a big fan of Scarface, but I've never been to Miami.
    All that'll be good for another trip, maybe with my Versys during another miserable winter next year.

    I'll do some more research, thanks again....
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  17. motomike14

    motomike14 Thumper Crusader

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    Key West was cool about 20 years ago. It's lost a lot of that "old town" must. It's a mega tourist trap now. Before, you could at least feel like you were welcome in any scummy bar there. Now, those are reserved for the "locals" only, leaving only the downtown areas to hang out at.

    Lots more cool opportunities in the aforementioned areas. Dr. Z hit it right on the head for the proper ride. Especially for our shindig in Osceola (hope you like water!) There's also some good riding near the St. Augustine area known as the "gnarly playground." Check out the CADS thread on here, as many of them do rides in Ocala and the playground.
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  18. thorinoakenshield

    thorinoakenshield ya mo be there

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    hmm...it looks like i'm pushing this out until March...and I'll be going to the Daytona Supercross!!:eek1
    This going to be so rad! I've never been to one before. :clap
    I'll go offroad for 2 days, too.
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  19. livetosail

    livetosail Wayward Traveler

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    What he said. Be ready for some crazy sand though... http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=853670
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  20. jaydee1445

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    Once you get tired of picking up the 690 after busting your ass in the sugar sand with those 50/50 tires not the best combo for your 1st try at sugar DAMHIK you might want to check out the all you can eat stone crabs in everglades city before heading to sin city for the art deco pics.
    It is a tradition for us locals The gravel on the Squares, Jane's, loop rd and the levees will get you out into the Galdes for some gators and wildlife. Probably your best shot at seeing a Panther.:deal

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