Maggies on vacation in Ocala Florida

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Finally, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. Finally

    Finally ... that element.

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    Very nice pic's.. Cool bridge too. :thumb

    Thanks man!
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  2. Finally

    Finally ... that element.

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    Saturday 10/16/2010

    Took the day off to rest. This was taken at around 8:20am. Part of the reason our start times would run late. This was the coldest we'd seen during the week.

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    We rode a few roads, but didn't go very far or see anything new.

    Spent much of the evening moping about, we were down to the "lasts": last dinner, last evening, last time to cover the bikes, etc...

    Sunday 10/17/2010

    Man, I did not want to leave! This has been simply a fantastic week. And let me assure you, I don't get breakfasts like this every day at home!

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    One more trash run. We'd gotten pretty good at this and didn't have any trouble with the bags.

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    The transfer station was north and we needed to be headed south. So after dropping off the trash and getting fuel, we would head back to the house and finish packing.

    Here is our starting mileage for the day taken at the gas station. I have no idea how many times we've topped off the tanks here!

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    Preparing to leave felt like the last day at camp: wash the linens, sweep the floors, clean out the fridge, etc... (ok, so I never had a fridge at camp, but you know what I mean...)

    We strapped the bags down for the final run home. This was the first vacation we've been on - without seeing family or friends, just the two of us - in 18 years. :wink:

    Such a wonderful week, I did not enjoy taking this shot at all! (my emotions must have affected the color resolution a bit...)

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    Both bikes were running smooth that morning. Stupid no feeling, no caring, machines. :bluduh Just purred along as if we were starting the vacation, not finishing it up.

    Here is a shot of the route home. We were about an hour or so down the road and coming into Sanford.

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    Since we were hoping to be inspired by another back road or two, we went ahead and stopped to top off here. :ricky

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    But the magic spell had passed and it was time to head home. We wouldn't be doing any more exploring that day.

    There were a couple folks working on their car off to the side of the pumps. It was still pretty warm here in Florida and it didn't look like they were on the verge of being done any time soon. Lot's of pieces off, lot's of tools out. Having fixed a few things on the side of the road myself, I knew they couldn't have been having any fun. Picked up a couple cold Coke's in the station and took over to them. Left them smiling! :thumb

    Coming out of Sanford on 46 put us back onto familiar territory. We dropped off in Geneva onto Snow Hill Rd and went south through the Little Big Econ Forest. "Snow Hill", in Florida? "Little Big", couldn't decide? Makes me laugh every time we ride through here... :rofl

    Wound our way around Mill Lake to Fort Christmas Rd. That brought us to a favorite ride destination - Fort Christmas.

    We tried to pretend it was just another lunch stop, but we're to close to home now. Vacation mode had long since slipped away and there were things to be done at home yet.

    Still smiling though! :nod

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    We were looking forward to one more pretty little stretch of road - Taylor Creek. It had the coolest little wooden bridge. But it's being replaced now, probably with something "new & improved". I'll miss the little bridge.

    At any rate, we turned off of 50 onto Taylor Creek only to find that it wasn't open yet. Some days are just like that. Back on 50, east to 95, 95 south to home.

    Total mileage was 1249 miles. It was a great trip! :clap

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    My thanks for the positive comments on the report. It's been fun and I definitely look forward to doing this again. :deal
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  3. JustPlainDave

    JustPlainDave Tubeless Adventurer

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    What a nice relaxing trip you two had.
    Wish I could get Mrs JustPlainDave to ride a bike.
    Well...on second thought, maybe she could just ride with me.
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  4. Finally

    Finally ... that element.

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    Thanks man, it sure was. :thumb
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