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post #11 of 17 Old 04-12-2019, 08:44 PM
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The fact that she'd never have to see another snowflake again would be at the top of the list.

I'm not against moving south for a more temperate climate at some point. I lobbied for NC, as we've both been to the Raleigh area and liked it. But there's something about the FL lifestyle that's sucking her in.
I'd move out to Arizona or NM before Florida, I just have to have a large abundance of mountains/hills and twisty roads to go along with nice weather. Florida is great to visit but I'd never want to live there, dear friends of ours has second home "on the ocean" in St Pete Beach and we go down a bit.

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I'd move out to Arizona or NM before Florida
No disrespect intended, but if there's anything I dread more than flat, dull roads, it's the desert.

I've lived almost my entire life within easy access to lakes, rivers, and streams and surrounded by greenery (well, for at least half of the year). This boy was not made for desert living.

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I find that I greatly enjoy two kinds of rides, and I have done a lot of both.

When I am riding with one friend or several friends, the ride is always fun, even on the flat roads south and east of Tampa, which is most of my riding. We generally have some sort of objective, such as a meal in the city of Okeechobee, where we discussed that town's approach to encouraging people to be ready for hurricane season. They knew the subject was a yawner, so they instead encouraged us to prepare for a Zombie Apocalypse, during which awful creatures would stalk the streets, traditionally armed with chunks of 2x4 lumber, and seek to batter their way into our homes. If you prepare to defend against that menace, you may in fact prepare well for a hurricane.

As you can see, the meeting was much more the objective than merely burning gas.

Unplanned events occur of course, such as the time an experienced rider made an emergency stop
and vigorously ripped off his helmet and swatted the wasps that were stinging his head and neck.
I was astonished that he kept the machine upright!

The other kind of riding I like is long solo rides, generally to a specific destination,
such as Vancouver Canada. On two occasions when I undertook that ride too early in the year,
and had to turn back before even reaching a Pacific State, the outings were still fun, but of course
only about 600 miles of each ride were in Florida. On one of those rides, I was impressed by the sandstone cliffs that are abundant in New Mexico. The droopy and saggy features of the cliffsides reminded me strongly of Statler and Waldorf, two kibitzers in The Muppet Show, who watch from a box seat, and offer disparaging opinions about the performers, other Muppets of course. I felt that those old geezers kept appearing amid the sandstone and were criticizing my riding style and my shabby luggage, etc. and offering bets about when I would fall or run out of gas (as I nearly did north of Roswell NM).

As you can see, a positive attitude toward the most routine of rides makes that ride a treat.

For instance, I reckon I will be riding ten miles in heavy rain twice tomorrow,
and my rainsuit is leaky enough that I will take a change of clothes with me.

C'est la vie.

Perhaps I will be welcoming you to Florida one of these days.
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Is there anywhere in FL with great riding?

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No disrespect intended, but if there's anything I dread more than flat, dull roads, it's the desert.



I've lived almost my entire life within easy access to lakes, rivers, and streams and surrounded by greenery (well, for at least half of the year). This boy was not made for desert living.


The thing about that is Arizona is not all desert, you can go up in the mountains Sedona, Flagstaff, etc. I live in Las Vegas and we have mountains to escape to in the summer. We can ride all year and yes, summer is hot but in 20 miles I am up in the mountains over 8,000 feet and it's 30 degrees cooler. In two hours I can be in Utah. You gotta do some research.
30 miles from my house in the Las Vegas Valley.

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While retirement is still more than a decade away for me, I'm already getting the full-court press from my wife about moving to Florida for our Golden Years.

The general consensus I've heard from those who ride in FL is that the roads are notoriously straight and uninteresting. Coming from an area of the country full of twisting roads, the thought of being surrounded by dull roads fills me with dread.

Are there any areas of the state in proximity to the coast (one of her requirements) that are known to have good riding roads?
Maybe look in the panhandle and you would be close to Georgia and Alabama.

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No disrespect intended, but if there's anything I dread more than flat, dull roads, it's the desert.

I've lived almost my entire life within easy access to lakes, rivers, and streams and surrounded by greenery (well, for at least half of the year). This boy was not made for desert living.
Being from a place with many mountains, i was amazed by flat lands. Green pastures of Kansas and the desertic Nevada, i have loved every moment of it.

I've been wanting to go to FL for a while, maybe this year if i'm lucky lol.

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I would have to agree with BigThump here. I currently live in Orlando, and I have spent about 15 years total with bikes in Florida. I have also lived elsewhere including Pennsylvania and New Mexico. Florida isn't the most awesome riding locale, for sure, but you can still enjoy yourself on a bike here. Personally, all my day trips riging around are to the North West of Orlando. South of Orlando is either way populated or way straight pavement. Out East to the coast is populated and non-twisty as well.

If you were to draw a box with the four corners being Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tampa, that's the zone I ride around in. The area up through and around Ocala National Forest is really nice, and on weekend mornings, you can have a good time on some curves without many cars around. Personally, I think the Ocala area would make a pretty nice retirement spot. People there are nice, costs are low, the coast is accessible, but you're far enough inland that hurricane season won't have you stressed out.
There are a lot of great places to ride in FL, once you get out of the cities.

I live in Orlando, but grew up in rural area outside of Gainesville. After traveling extensively, moved back to FL.

Granted there aren't and mountain or canyon roads but taking some original hwy corridors, there are some great scenic routes.

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