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post #1 of 1 Old 04-10-2006, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
 
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Back Roads Orlando to Atlanta Ride

Hi all,

I posted this to the Route Sheet forum but thought I'd put it in our local forum as well.

I just did a very nice ride from Orlando, FL to Atlanta, GA and back which I thought Id share with the group. I had a business meeting in Atlanta on Friday and wanted to do back roads so I left Wednesday morning and spent two leisurely days getting to Atlanta. I left from my home in Lake Mary and headed up through the Ocala National Forest taking Route 19 to Palatka and then Routes 100/441/301/23 up past Jacksonville to Waycross, GA. This route goes right through several state and national parks and forests and is all good roads with 55-65 mph speed limits and very little traffic.

From Waycross I headed up Route 23 all the way to Atlanta. This route basically parallels I-75 but is all back country again mostly 55 mph limits and goes through some beautiful farming and forest country.

Returning from Atlanta I took Route 23 all the way from Atlanta to Jacksonville and did this leg all in one day instead of two. This was a pretty long day but I was racing storms South all day and decided to keep going.

This is a very pretty and pleasant 1000 mile ride (except for the traffic once you get into Metro Atlanta!) and I can highly recommend this to anyone looking for a fun ride. This could be a great weekend ride if you stopped in Macon rather than going all the way to Atlanta this way you get all the good parts and miss the nasty traffic around Atlanta.

This trip was my first long distance ride and my new WeeStrom performed flawlessly. I was fighting 30-40 mpd cross winds all the way back from Atlanta. I have read a number of threads about how well (or poorly) the V-Strom does in heavy winds and I must admit I was wrestling the bike most of the day but never felt out of control or that this was a major problem. I did find that laying down on the tank bag to get a bit less windage and more weight on the front wheel helped a bit.
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