You're a Long Way from Malibu... Dan

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by malibu_dan, Jul 5, 2021.

  1. havabusa

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    Thanks for the ride along. (I'm saying this for myself - It's been about 25 years since my ride to key West.)
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  2. malibu_dan

    malibu_dan Adventuring Mystic

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    Thanks for stopping by, Hava!
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  3. malibu_dan

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    Day Six - Looking for my Keys in Florida

    Today was another road day. Before I head out, the Honey Bee and apple blossom is for my stepdad. He grew up on a fruit farm in Michigan, and I remember for the first time as a young boy, tasting what REAL apple cider tasted like. Not that pasteurized, over filtered crap they sell in a lot of grocery stores. Fresh pressed cider. He made the best apple dumplings in the world, it was Grandma Vera's old family recipe.

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    Sorry it's upside down, tilt you head waaaayyyy to the side and squint.

    And I would spend the day dodging this >>

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    ...not successfully, by the by. Not a lot of photo ops, due to the inclement weather.

    Route >>

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    But I did get this nice shot.

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    At Myakka River State Park. Not much interesting (oooooh, aren't I casting shade) to say about Myakka River. One of the highlights on the landing page is that you need to bring your own utensils if you rent a cabin.

    That said it was built by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), thanks to President Roosevelt. One of eight State Parks in Florida developed by the CCC in the 1930's.

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    Charlotte showing off her opinion on the matter.

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    I did arrive, none the worse for rain wear (who needs gloves). And arrived in time, I did, to help with estate 'things.' Pictured are my sister, and one of my step brothers.

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    Rick is an avid kayaker and outdoorsman, and is so famous, he's INfamous for his impression of Jackbox (a little gamer humor for you button mashers).

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    My task for the next two days would be sorting through Dad's old tool shed, which joyfully, contained all his old tackle boxes. I was able to sort through his collection of lures (he had an affinity for Rapala lures), and spread them throughout the sons, grandsons, and a couple granddaughters who also wanted a memento.

    My temporary office...

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    Tomorrow, the funeral. Sigh.

    End of Day Six
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  4. malibu_dan

    malibu_dan Adventuring Mystic

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  5. danh600

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    Myakka River State Park has some pretty good primitive camping sites. You only want to do them when the weather is cooler.

    Nice RR!
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  6. malibu_dan

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    Thanks, Dan! I actually think the cabins look kinda kewl as well--but didn't check to see if they were a/c'ed. :knary I found it interesting the cabins were built a few feet up on stone pillars--I assumed it's for flooding? I also didn't venture in to see the canopy walkway--not for those afraid of heights, but I bet it would lend itself to some fascinating photography.

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    https://www.floridastateparks.org/learn/canopy-walkway-myakka
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  7. ZGirl

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    I'll be thinking of ya tomorrow. Your stepdad was blessed to have such a good son to carry on the good memories. :kumbaya
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  8. malibu_dan

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    Day Seven - Looking for my Keys in Florida

    The angel on my helmet is for my step-mother. She collected angels, my whole life. Some people collect something for a season or two, and then the muse pulls them in another direction. Not her. Angels. Hundreds of them.

    Today we would say goodbye.

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    Just a few pics today, and not a lot of commentary. You will see my sister in the pulpit, she is a chaplain, and gave a beautiful eulogy.

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    The final shot is of one of my step-mother's friends. She knew each one of us kids by name, and what challenges we had each been facing over the last year. She was her friend and confidant.

    End of Day Seven
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  9. malibu_dan

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    Day Eight - Looking for My Keys in Florida

    Thank you all for the well wishes. As we get older in life, death is a reality.

    Remember Dave and Eveline? Well, they had given me a photo-tag challenge of sorts. They didn't know they were doing it--but did none-the-less. They had shown me a photo from a travel blog that showed a really old building in White Springs, FL for Suwannee Feed. Let's go there!

    It was another day of dodging showers (first half at least). So photage will commence with Suwannee!

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    The current owners, Don and Ann Wilson take pride in keeping the hardware store chainless and shackle free! It is on the site of the original Adam's Country Store, est. 1865!

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  10. malibu_dan

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    Day Eight - Looking for My Keys in Florida

    White Springs is also home to Stephen Foster State Park. Built in the 1950's, the park was built as a tribute to the composer, Stephen Foster who gave us Old Folks at Home (Way Down Upon the Swanee River).

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    Replete with a beautiful carillon tower, currently under renovation.

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    Who else used to love their Big Wheel as a kid?!?

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    From White Springs, I burned on the back roads to Valdosta, the last sleep over of the trip.

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    My standard question when checking in... "Where's the best Mexican restaurant in town?" The answer? El Toreo Mexican Restaurant. This one wasn't in a Texaco gas station... but it was sublime.

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    End of Day Eight
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  11. red bud

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    great pic's
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  12. Riversong

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    Beautiful pictures and the Live Oak , White Springs area are sublime riding areas ! Just north of Valdosta is Adel where I was born in my grandmothers farmhouse. Just north of Adel is Sparks . It used to be said that if you lived in Adel you were so close to hell that you could see sparks ! We had to find our humor anywhere we could !
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  13. malibu_dan

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    Thanks, Riversong. I grew up in Michigan. We used to say Michigan is the only place you can go from Hell to Paradise all in a day. :)
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  14. Riversong

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    I should have thought of this yesterday but in Valdosta you’re very close heading north/ north west to a pretty little small town called Lakeland Georgia. It’s noted for the beautiful wall murals on many of its downtown buildings . Actually from Adel it’s about 18 miles due west . You’re camera would love it !
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  15. malibu_dan

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    Day Nine - Looking for My Keys in Florida

    Well, we're not in Florida anymore, Toto. Great tip on looking for murals, @Riversong -- nice segue.

    The Mourning Dove is for my mother. I lost my mother back, oh about five years ago. I still miss her all the time. I still have the compulsion to pick up the phone and tell her about _________ fill in the blank with anything. She always had mourning doves who nested in her geranium pot on the front porch, but now I may just be repeating myself.

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    Murals, you say! Well, let's see what we see along the way!

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    I must say, really good jerky! I met a couple riders, one a self-proclaimed long distance roller. Nice guys. Mr. Tungsten-butt was riding a ragged out, old school Goldwing. Looked like he could back up his claim. Sorry, didn't get a snap of them.

    Here, we go, Riversong. I can't identify the towns, perhaps you can help?

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    Fitting last image for the trip. Thank you all for tagging along!

    End of Day Nine - Looking for My Keys in Florida
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  16. red bud

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    the trips over, its time continue the report
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  17. malibu_dan

    malibu_dan Adventuring Mystic

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    I did take a picture for you, @red bud !!

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    Now look reeeaaaal close, squint you're old eyes, and say... "Enhance!"

    Now scroll down...





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    See? It works just like it does on CSI!
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  18. malibu_dan

    malibu_dan Adventuring Mystic

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    I think I may just accept that challenge!!!
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  19. red bud

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    course that means you'll have to ride more than twice a year



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  20. malibu_dan

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    :csm
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