Journal of my motography travels…

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by black 8, Aug 4, 2020.

  1. black 8

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    I made my way to SR-29 and started seeing warning signs for panthers, alligators, and bears... I was knee deep in the Big Cypress National Preserve.

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    I stopped here to read the warning signs before proceeding...
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    Wagon Wheel Rd.... who would want to feed alligators?
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    every time I stopped I made sure to survey the area first...
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    just above the pillion seat is an alligator sunning itself camouflaged on the edge of the grass... surprised the crap out of me while I was takin' a leak...
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    "smallest post office in the United States..."
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    Have you thought about the tours that enjoy swimming with the manatees? We saw them when we watched a Shuttle launch from a spot just north of Canaveral. My brother lives in Georgia and they have done it a few times.
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    Funny you mention that... I was going to go aboard Cape Canaveral to take pics, some camping and kayaking in CoCoa Beach, and Bike Week in Daytona... but now those plans have been kiboshed since I'll be leaving next week...
  4. black 8

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    I wanted to ride some dirt while I was in Southern Florida and I followed some day trips and hung out in the regional forums and Loop Rd seems to fit the bill. I was looking forward to riding this 24 mile stretch of hard pack and gravel... just be mindful of the numerous potholes but most importantly the alligators...

    Loop Rd History...

    ~ County Road 94, better known as Loop Road, is what the National Geographic Magazine's August 1976, edition referred to as a "quiet dirt byway off of the Tamiami Trail...."

    "Because of Loop Road's seclusion and penchant for inspiring rumors and tall tales of all types, perhaps the most famous and persistent one is that of Al Capone owning a speakeasy and gambling den in Pinecrest during the prohibition era..."

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    a seven footer sunning itself... I would pass another two...
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    this is what you'll see for the next 24 miles...
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    rear view with the Max 360...
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    stopped for a photo instead of just the GoPro...
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    It was another 40 miles to the hotel once I got back on the tarmac... I had booked a room in Florida City since Key West prices were through the roof this time of year. I would have camped at Sigsbee Campground right on the beach but it was closed due to Covid and not expected to open until March 14th. Sugarloaf KOA is under re-construction due to Hurricane Irma and was also a no-go.

    Tomorrow I launch for Key west...


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    Thanks Rudy, really enjoying your travels....and good on you for helpin out Mom and Dad! He looks sooo much better with the before and after picture for sure!!
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    Thanks for following along dano... headed home means that I can catch some desert riding before the heat comes on at Death Valley and the Sierras... I might have to take the Monkey back out...
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    Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge has tent sites if you are still down there looking for a place to camp.
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    Thanks, it was just a weekend trip down. I'm getting ready to head back west next week.

    Your RR was really helpful in finding Loop Rd... :thumb
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    ~ 5 Feb 2021

    ~ (Day 2, 31 Jan 2021)

    I left the hotel at zero dark thirty for the two and a half hour ride down to Key West. It was uneventful, dark, and more importantly sans the usual traffic. I wanted to get down to Key West early before the residents and tourist started milling about.

    arrived in Key West as the sun was rising...
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    US-1 headed to the Key West Historic District...
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    typical architecture down here in Key West... love these old buildings...
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    serenity now...
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    while I was taking my photos, people were already lining up behind me...
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    Riding around Key West I wanted to capture some GoPro video so I decided to ride along the beach. Absolutely nothing like riding along the ocean during sunrise...

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    Key West sunrise ride along...


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    Since I've previously been to Key West and have done the "touristy stuff" already, I was on a mission to ride around for motography and capture GoPro videos of places I previously missed...

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    got caught in a shower and had to stay under the awning until after the showers passed...
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    a local Key West resident...
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    getting into the famed Duvall Street of Key West...
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    starting to come alive by mid morning...
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    scooter pirates, watch the lady in front...


    After some motography I went for some brunch at the Stoned Crab and it seemed like they were open but they were serving brunch for their guests staying at their resort. They would not open for another hour or so... ohh well...
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  12. Zubb

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    scooter pirates, watch the lady in front...

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    That poor woman is lucky she didn't get hurt. You could just see her fighting to steer the bike like it was a car.
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    The most common injury in the ER at Lower Keys Medical Center is broken wrists from scooter crashes.
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    It looked like she was headed for that classic Chevy with target fixation but managed to save it...
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    After having my fill of Key West I headed back north with little drama... I left early enough to beat the rush hour traffic headed north to the mainland. These were some of the views that I saw along the way...

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    I arrived back at the room early enough to check over the Duc for the ride home and get me some KFC for diner. The following day the ride back to Kissimmee started out with rainfall above Florida City but dissipated within 20 minutes but those rain squalls can dump a lot of water in the short time they last enough to reduce visibility if you've ever ridden here in Florida. Other than that easy peasy ride back home...

    Time to make ready for my travels back west...
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    in 2004 while staying on Marco Island with relatives from France we managed to get some postcards sent from that post offices to France.
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    I happen to pass by that post office by accident and didn’t even know that was there. I pulled a u’ey and was surprised when I read the plaque. The PO was closed when I was there and I’ll have to bring the family by to get the post mark, maybe send ourselves a card the next time we are in Kissimmee...

    I view my day trips as scouting parties so I can later show Mrs. B8 the places I find...
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    ~ 12 Feb 2021

    ~ (Day 3 & 4 weekend of 6 & 7 Feb 2021)

    I spent Saturday getting the Duc ready with a trip up to Sanford to visit Sky Powersports to get the new rear tire installed. It took about a hour which gave me a chance to look at their showroom floor. While I was there, they were unveiling a bike... so I thought I'd partake in the festivities.

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    thought it was a new model but turned out to be a custom 848 Evo track bike build in conjunction with the dealership...
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    hmmmm... :hmmmmm
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    Sunday was spent packing gear and what I couldn't fit on the bike was set aside to be mailed off for an early Monday departure with an acceptable weather window; or so I thought...

    (Day 5, 8 Feb 2021)

    I left Kissimmee in the wee hours of the morning taking state and US routes to stay off the interstate as much as I could until Tallahassee...

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    I love these country roads... I enjoyed riding at a leisurely pace on this beautiful cool morning...
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    As I rode east to my hotel in Moss Point, the clouds started accumulating and grew darker. Luckily I got in before dark where I hunkered down for the night. Thunderstorms were forecasted overnight and scattered rain in the morning. Prior to my departure I looked at the National Weather Map and the middle of the country looked to be dry after Moss Point. NOT...

    Little did I know the forecast had changed and a winter storm was making it's was down from the north pushing into Texas...
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    rudy. really i am enjoying FL without being there. thanks for keeping the reports up to date. it would be nice to see food pics. lol.
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    ~ (Day 6, 9 Feb 2021)

    The distant thunderstorms woke me in the middle of the night... and I could hear the rain coming down. It was a preview to what was coming in the following days during this cross-country run...

    In the morning while getting the bike ready, I was met with a light sprinkle and it would persist throughout the day so the rain suit came out. I hate that feeling when it's cool outside but as you get the the bike ready you start to perspire; add to that donning the rain suit afterwards you get all clammy and the inside of your visor fog up... I couldn't wait to get on the road so the air flow would wick away some of that moisture...


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    fog and light mist was in the menu the entire morning...
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    no motography was happening today...
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    even as I entered the Great State of Texas...
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    The fog and clouds finally dissipated around Katy Mills where I stopped for a late lunch at Buc-ee's. I felt like having some brisket. I was hoping for the breakfast brisket tacos with egg but it was only served in the mornings. If you haven't been to a Buc-ee's, it needs to be experienced. By far it's one of the best travel stops for a break, grab some good food, with the cleanest bathrooms anywhere... I walked into the men's room to take a pic for context but after much thought would send the wrong vibes and my @ss wouldn't get beat... you just need to see it for yourselves... :lol3

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    My stop for the evening was in Luling, TX... another Buc-ee's was in the area so the first order of business in the morning was a cup of coffee and a breakfast brisket taco with egg...
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