Jacksonville, Florida to Deals Gap, NC Need Routes

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Northeast, Southeast & Florida' started by mattbujor, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. mattbujor

    mattbujor Been here awhile

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    Hello,

    I am planning on doing a trip to Deals gap with my loaded drz400 through back roads from Jacksonville, Fl. I'd like to avoid the highway as much as possible.

    Any route recommendations or hostels/camp sites to visit along the way?

    I don't have a specific time frame and I've been to deals gap a few times. If anyone in that area wants to plan something or join me for a trip like this lmk! I want to do something like this within the next few months
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  4. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    Look at my SEAT route here on ADVrider
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  5. Castorp

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    Did you ever take this trip? What roads did you take? How were they? I ride from Central FL up to NC frequently and I'm always looking for alternatives to the I-95/I-26 grind.
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  6. mattbujor

    mattbujor Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the posts guys! Yes I did take the route, this is what I've done:

    Use google maps, and go edit it to not take highways or toll roads. This will already put you on beautiful back roads, then just set waypoints and change your course for the roads you know are specifically fun. Don't expect anything twisty or too good til you're atleast an hour into Georgia. From there you'll find a lot of small backtown roads that google will put you on with really good twisties winding through rolling hills. Absolutely beautiful ride.

    Best advice I'd give is to just look at the maps and find the routes that look twisty. I tried finding routes and good roads from everyone but once you do it once or twice you'll know what to look for. Sorry for not giving any specific route names or numbers
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  7. Castorp

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    Thanks! I do something similar. It is very much a trial and error process for me. Google maps and similar things I have used tend to want to direct me through cities, for instance, when I put settings on "avoid highways." So I feel like I'm fighting against their system. And does Google let you know if a road is dirt or paved? I find myself riding down some fairly treacherous dirt roads sometimes, and I ride a street bike. (I try to view this as much needed dirt practice but it can get scary). I wind up in sprawling residential areas sometimes I would like to avoid. And I'm constantly wondering if I have missed my turn. I turn around and look for turns that I may or may not have missed. I am still very much a navigation systems novice. I still tape directions to my gas tank.
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  8. mattbujor

    mattbujor Been here awhile

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    Hahaha that's awesome! FYI Ocala has some beautiful twisties that not a lot of people know about

    Yeah I completely get you, and it does put me on dirt roads from time to time. It's all apart of the adventure :)
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  9. Castorp

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    Yes, I keep exploring both the Ocala National Forest and the horse country all around Ocala. There are some very beautiful roads. I also see lots of sugar sand roads out in the forest and they seriously tempt me to start riding a bike that does better on dirt.

    I've been researching this forum on better ways to navigate and the Kurviger app looks really good! It suggests routes through north FL and East Georgia I have never tried before. I'm going to give it a shot.
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  10. mattbujor

    mattbujor Been here awhile

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    Dirt riding is where it's at in Florida (even then not the best :p), yeah that's awesome that you know the area.. Great riding
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  11. mikejana

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    Thanks Matt,
    I'm trying to leave central Florida this summer and connect to the TAT. I'm looking at all options, including the excellent SEAT tracks by NorthernTraveler. I posted in the Florida regional section and did not get much traction.
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  12. salty_dog

    salty_dog Day trips around TLH, WMAs and South Ga dirt roads

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    There are some nice secondary roads that get you up to Osceola. You did not mention where you are starting from but if you check some of the routes posted on this forum and other sites like dualsportmaps you'll find or be able to create your own. Start on mappite or Kurviger websites and see what you come up with.
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  13. mikejana

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    Thanks Salty,
    I live in Satellite Beach, between Cocoa & Melbourne. Would love to start near home, but the goal is to start at the Atlantic ocean in Florida and maximum off road to connect to the start of the TAT.
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  14. salty_dog

    salty_dog Day trips around TLH, WMAs and South Ga dirt roads

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    Another great source of route is ridewithgps.com. In general, you don't have many offroad options that I see but by using mappite I put this together using the smallest roads and dirt roads I could find. You could easily add in more Ocala dirt along the way but I have no idea what kind of bike you ride, tires you use or your experience with deep sand. This is just to show how easy and quick it is to use mappite. Another plus is you know your roads, I live 300miles from you and have no idea. Just trying to help you see the free resources you can use to make routes you can try and use later.

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  15. salty_dog

    salty_dog Day trips around TLH, WMAs and South Ga dirt roads

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    I like maps, making my own tracks and then riding them to explore new places when I get the chance.
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  16. mikejana

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    Thats awesome, Thank you.
    We are all riding WR250Rs on this trip. New to the adventure gig and tracks. Lifetime MXer and off road guy, my kids as much as they would. Florida streets scare me.
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