One Bob's BikeWeek2014: Cinci to Daytona (IronButt) - then Key West

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  1. DYNOBOB

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    Running solo this trip (couldn't interest Dad in an IronButt). Nothing too earthshaking but will be my first attempt at a real-time RR. Will share some shots of BW and warm beaches for those of us that have survived a seemingly endless winter....:deal

    The Plan:
    - Leaving this am to do an IronButt1000 to Daytona
    - Recoup a couple days
    - Ride south to Everglades NP and camp at Flamingo (on the beach)
    - Continue to Key West camping a couple days at Long Key or Bahia Honda
    - Return to Daytona for a few days and thence to Cinci


    Here's today's route.

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    Hitting the road here shortly and plan to arrive as the sun comes up over the ocean near Flagler Beach... (will stop somewhere and take a couple hour nap (or two) whenever I get tired)

    Also.... I welcome your thoughts on visiting the Keys (never been there), I have gotten some good advise down on the regional forum http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=952985

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    the departure throng.... :D

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  2. danh600

    danh600 Been here awhile

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    Nice trip.

    We just had a cold front (cool front?) come through down here. Always nice weather after those. Daytona should be really nice when you get there.

    I can't get any weekdays off this time of year, but I am doing some weekend trips. I live about 1/2 way between Daytona and the Keys. Going to Long Key State park tomorrow for a night of camping. Next weekend my wife and I are running up to Daytona for a night.

    I will look out for your rig.
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    Oh man I wish I was coming along for this...

    Key West -- my favorite hot sauce bar in the whole wide world is Peppers of Key West.
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  4. DYNOBOB

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  5. USAIR

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    Looking good Bob🏁

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  6. backroadbob.com

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    Nice ride. Good on you. Things to do - Camp on the beach at Bahia Honda on your Honda (weigh down your tent so it doesn't blow away). Islamorada - stop at Worldwide Sportsmans and have a cigar and a whiskey at the Zane Grey Lounge, go next door to the Islamorada Fish Co. for lunch, check the fishing fleet at Bud and Mary's. Key West - do at least one sunset on the beach, have a drink at Sloppy Joes, enjoy the show on Duval St., go down a side street and eat at a small local cafe, go to Mel Fishers Treasure Museum, enjoy the bikinis, and post lots of photos. Have a great trip!
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  7. DYNOBOB

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    Has a smooth run down. Got on the road at 11:30am, arrived Daytona at 8:30am. Felt fine so I just kept rollin the whole way - not sure how I managed to accumulate 5hrs of stopped time?

    Some randoms after 21hrs on the bike...

    - Two things I brought at the last minute made a big difference to how enjoyable the ride was. 1. I grabbed Dad's Airhawk seat cushion. At the 500mi mark I switched from the sheepskin to the airhawk and it was like hitting the reset button for my ass. 2. I wasn't sure if my heated jacket was fully working when I left so I grabbed Dad's also. Mine was working but temps from midnight to 5am were in the upper 30s so I put both jackets on and stayed toasty.

    - It occurred to me more than once how much I like the goldwing. They're not pretty or cool but: I'm riding a motorcycle w/ the cruise on 75mph in 37degrees with 350watts of headlights and 1300watts of charging system pulling a 300lb trailer with a 40lb cooler and some tasty tunes on the mp3 - in comfort. We live in an amazing age....

    - There are no Waffle House signs without at least one letter burned out

    - BikeWeek should really be called TrailerWeek (guilty myself)

    Walked out on the beach this am and got a few shots

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    Heading over to the Speedway now to shop for some gloves.... Leaving in the am for the Keys!



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  8. farmboy555

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    Had a good breakfast 2 weeks ago at Robbie's Marina on Islamorada on my way to Key West. Feed the Tarpon and take a break
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  9. Fast1

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    Solo trips are good for the mind.. :clap

    Could run into some local spring breakers in the keys this time of the year..

    I ride distance on my FJR with an Airhawk also. No way I could do 1000 mile days rides without that piece of equipment especially with a Corbin saddle.

    Have a safe and enjoyable trip Bob.
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  10. staudio

    staudio Time for a ride...

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    look forward to more of this ride report…

    a few years ago spent a few days (work related) in Lebanon Ohio, went away with the impression thats it would be a nice place to live…had a good vibe to it
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  11. DYNOBOB

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    Thanks Mike.

    I'll be owning a airhawk soon.... :deal



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  12. sandtrap

    sandtrap Shaken not stirred

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    You did make record time.
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  13. USAIR

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    You left at a good time Bob.
    Temp dropped and supposed to get some snow back home.

    Hopefully it will be gone for your return.

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  14. NHADV

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    When visiting Key West I recommend Ft. Zachery Taylor for a beach. Then for food the Hog Fish bar and Grille. If you don't mind parking and walking to eat another great place is Santiago's get the short ribs! I just got back from Key West I am jealous cant wait to go back next year. If you run into trouble shoot me a PM I have family down there. Remember to stop along the way take deep breathes and enjoy the warm sun because as I learned its back to reality fast. Enjoy!
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    Sorry folks.... just got back to Daytona from the Keys. Going to get caught up now that I have internet.



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  16. DYNOBOB

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    OK... So Saturday I took it easy.

    Sunday I went to the Speedway to check out the vendors and stopped at The Helmet Shop's new location.

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    Then had dinner with my two favorite Floridians at my sixth favorite Aunt's...

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  17. DYNOBOB

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    Got up Monday and headed south for the Everglades. Messed around and didn't leave Daytona until noon which cost me later. Thinking it would take about 6 hours to make the 330mi trip to Flamingo Campground, I failed to account for atrocious Miami traffic :deal. It took 9.5 hrs to get to the campground and I arrived well after dark. I had the 45 mile road into the park to myself in the dark which was pretty cool. Knowing I wanted to camp in the "walk out" area because of it's proximity to the ocean, I scouted out a site by flashlight and went back to the bike and got my duffel of camping gear. I know my setup pretty well and was glad to hit the sack about 10pm.

    Side note: When I got off the FL Turnpike to head for the Everglades I found my cooler mount had broken and my cooler had been "seconds from disaster" :eek1. I re-rigged my strap and secured it temporarily....tomorrow I will need to find a welder.


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  18. DYNOBOB

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    Had my two bowels of cereal and got packed up pretty quick so I could take my time in the park and on the way to Long Key. The stop in Everglades NP is well worth your time!

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    I failed to get pics of the "Snake Bight" hiking trail and "panther crossing" signs...


    Took a wrong turn in the park that dead ended into a historic military site. Didn't take the time to take the tour ride out to the site but it looks interesting.

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  19. DYNOBOB

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    Definitely take your time to walk the Anhinga Trail at Royal Palm near the park entrance.

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  20. DYNOBOB

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    Just after you leave the park you pass this local landmark... more fresh produce than I've ever seen in one place.

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    In Key Largo I spot a repair shop that does welding.... the cooler lives to fight again another day :rofl

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    and of course I can't pass up the chance to eat lunch at the southernmost Waffle House

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    My planned destination is Long Key State Park. They are known for their campsites being located right along the water and are in high demand (make your reservation 6+ months in advance if you can or you may not get one). I got lucky and they had one primitive site left (got it 5min before another bike camper pulled in). A bargain too at $8/night! I'll take it for two nights thank you....

    The ocean is 20ft behind my tent thru the mangroves (?). There are six primitive sites with an outdoor fresh-water shower and a nice modern bathroom out by the parking lot. It's about 100yds on the boardwalk out to the sites, luckily I have a rolling duffel for my stuff.

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