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post #1 of 37 Old 12-04-2011, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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West Central Florida ride/road suggestions

I will be doing some R&R for a month in February, basing out of Anna Maria Island in the Tampa Bay area.

I'm planning to drag my V-Strom with me, and could use some suggestions on roads to ride for day trips when I can't stand walking the beach and drinking beer any longer.

I used to live in the Melbourne/Beaches area, and know the east central part of the state pretty good, but I have no idea about what is available in the non-4-lane way of roads on the west side of the state. I'd like to get away from the traffic and just kick back without being bored to death. (I know: the elevation varies something like 50 feet and the only tight curves are on the on/off ramps-- but there must be something of interest out there.)

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 37 Old 12-04-2011, 10:56 PM
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The best riding in that part of the state is up around Perry and throughout the panhandle. From Perry to Carrabelle is real nice. Also enjoy riding through the small towns of the Ocala national forest. You can check out the springs which are nice.

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There are some great roads around Ocala.

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Thumbs up I can show you some.

zzzzip, I would be pleased to show you a few local roads.
I live in Sarasota, near I-75 Exit 210.
That's almost an hour east of Anna Maria Island.

Here's a small example of a pleasant road:
ask Google Maps about Duette Road FL.

There are some interesting routes to explore to the south,
and any road from your starting point to Placida FL would be fun.

Placida is an interesting village, about the size of a Wal-Mart,
but something interesting occasionally happens there.
At its dullest, it still has a restaurant and a couple of tourist traps.

From there, consider wandering through Charlotte County to Desoto County and CR769,
also known as King's Highway, up to Arcadia, which is quite an old town.

From Arcadia, wend your way westward to Sarasota County CR780,
then SR780, and you are back in Sarasota. As I said, I would be pleased
to show you this route, or something shorter or longer, depending on
how far you wish to ride.

I still have to gather a squad of zombies to invade Okeechobee County,
but I have been very busy recently and also a tad indolent. Well, we
can talk about that too. (See zombie thread in FL section.)

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Here is a map of the recently run Florida Coast2Coast Ride. The first section that runs north from Seffner to above the Green Swamp was particularly interesting and could suit your purposes. The whole thing was great and got good revues.

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Thanks for all the suggestions.

Keith, I will try to make use of your offer, and will get in touch when I come south.
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Here is a map of the recently run Florida Coast2Coast Ride. The first section that runs north from Seffner to above the Green Swamp was particularly interesting and could suit your purposes. The whole thing was great and got good revues.
I knew if we waited long enough this guy would post the route that I couldn't find.

I did most of this. As someone who grew up in FL, and now lives in NC, I was delighted by is picturesque beauty and occasional challenge.

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The first half of Coast to Coast is especially good.

The Clermont area is exceptional

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This bicycle club has maps for the best hills, low traffic etc.

I really enjoy the trip up to Crystal River on the backroads and go out to Ozello Trail. Maybe we can organize a weekend ride while you're here.

I used to enjoy the beach areas around St Pete, Clearwater, Dunedin and Tarpon Springs but I've had a couple really close calls over there and would not suggest that area anymore. Long Boat Key is fine but the same is true with Sarasota proper. People do not pay attention

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I was delighted by is picturesque beauty and occasional challenge...
...of avoiding out of control Harleys careening across the roadway.

Go hakafugu yourself.
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