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post #1 of 12 Old 04-11-2019, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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Is there anywhere in FL with great riding?

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?

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I grew up here and have pretty much covered most of the great Florida roads. We don't have epic roads like Tennessee or Colorado, but we have a fair share of twisty beautiful roads. Also, you get the ocean and gulf roads that are nice. I have some Youtubes that show some of our roads here although we mostly post roads while traveling around the US.

https://youtu.be/0pG-m8JLffg

I think the best area to ride is the area just north of Tampa. Brooksville & Dade City area has some elevation and lots of twisties. Enjoy your Golden Years down here and watch out for the drivers as they are crazy!

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Florida is a wonderful place. However, it is not really the goto place for riding.
Picking a retirement place is a important decision. Good on you for planning ahead. Maybe some visits at various times of the year are in order.

There is the Gulf Coast area in the Panhandle that is fairly close to other states for riding. Then again you might see if you like riding a jetski.

Here is a good source for biker roads in Florida (and all around the world)
https://www.bestbikingroads.com/moto...routes/florida

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Bitey insects, rising sea levels, sinkholes, 17 foot Pythons and Alligators that can eat you on the golf course. Just what about Florida does your wife find so compelling?
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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.
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Bitey insects, rising sea levels, sinkholes, 17 foot Pythons and Alligators that can eat you on the golf course. Just what about Florida does your wife find so compelling?
That is what we generally tell people when we don't want more people moving here! All of it true but hey, gotta work with what you got!
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I know what you mean. Every New Years Parade with beautiful weather in Pasadena and the folks from the cold North wanna move West to Lala land.
I think I forgot to add HUMIDITY. You do have humidity too, eh?
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Bitey insects, rising sea levels, sinkholes, 17 foot Pythons and Alligators that can eat you on the golf course. Just what about Florida does your wife find so compelling?
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.
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yah gotta go where the appeal is. People think we are nuts for being in Calif. Taxes, weird ass lifestyles, earthquakes, etc. But at least for the most part we have bodacious weather. You can go from surfing at the shore to snow in the mountains to balmy weather in the deserts in the course of a day and be home for dinner. Try that in Kansas!
Snow in Calif is pretty much an elective, not a given. That's why we have droughts.
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