Route from the Panhandle to Miami

Discussion in 'The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan' started by jconly, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. jconly

    jconly Been here awhile

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    Wondering if anyone has some suggestions on how to traverse Florida? Ending the TET in the panhandle, and would like to see some back roads in Florida vs takin the Interstate down.

    Was considering following the western coast down on pavement, but any suggestions would be awesome!
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  2. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    30A in the panhandle along the Gulf is nice. Some nice roads through Apalachicola. You can head to Cedar Key and down through Ocala Natl Forest and then down to the Withlacoochee State Forest area. If you are headed to Miami you can take routes that trace us27 such as Scenic 17 through Lakes Wales/Frostproof/Sebring.
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  3. ineptizoid

    ineptizoid I'm scared hold me

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    Where will you be coming down into the Panhandle? If ya wanna stay on pavement, I highly recommend Hwy 98, as long as yer east of Panama City; it's a beautiful stretch that'll take ya thru some really cool little towns like Mexico Bch, Apalachicola, and Carrabelle (I think the TET has a start/end point near Carrabelle). Great seafood, too. You can camp in the sand dunes at St. Joe Peninsula State Park which is on Cape San Blas, a 20-min. ride from Port St. Joe. Can't help ya with backroads on the peninsula, but there are plenty of FFs on here that can steer ya in the right direction--and I see Ginger Beard already has.:thumb
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  4. Ogre_fl

    Ogre_fl Long timer

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    The TET ends in Carabelle for you local guys that may not know.

    You can follow the TET-S loop over to where it intersects with Hwy 98 north of St Marks if you want to stay on some dirt for a little bit longer, or just jump on 98 in Carrabelle.

    From there south I cant help you as anything south of St Marks from what I hear is a trip into hell itself. :rofl
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  5. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    That's not true....It's more like Purgatory. :lol3
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  6. jconly

    jconly Been here awhile

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    Thanks guys!
    Just ended today in Carrabelle.
    Camping right now on St George Island.
    Actually made it here before sunset, and got all setup. Had a chance to sit on the beach and watch it go down. So beautiful, and a nice relaxing end to what was basically an enduro on the TET. Sunrise to sunset, almost every day it was a race to the end.

    Torn on the idea of continuing the TET east to St Marks. Honestly, your sand traps kicked my ass today! About 5 times I put the pig down hard when I met the deep stuff. It was exhausting. Done the small two strokes in the deep sand, but it was an experience with 1/3 a ton.[​IMG]

    Thinking I'll take 98 east as suggested, but from there I'm torn. West coast, east coast, center of the state... Hmmmm.

    Maybe I'll wrap down to Cedar key as also suggested, then cut across through Ocala and keep on going to Daytona. Perhaps just do A1A down from there...

    EDIT: looking for 17 on the iPhone but no luck digging it up. Any suggestions on how to connect those state / national forests you mentioned?
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  7. Skimo

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    Look in this thread here for ideals and reverse the route

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=831737
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  8. TN3Sport

    TN3Sport East TN DS Rider

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    After crossing the bridge when leaving St. George Island, you'll likely head East on 98. The next little town is Carrabelle. Make sure you stop by the Carrabelle Police Station. Get a picture. I think you will be surprised...
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