I really feel bad about posting this since most of you live in Maryland, but I went on a 200 mile ride yesterday along the gulf coast of Florida. It was a beautiful day, and the weather was in the mid 70's (just a little above my age). I live in the central part of Florida, and managed to find a few new back roads heading to the coast. My initial target was Tarpon Springs, just north of Tampa. This historic and picturesque community is clustered around beautiful saltwater bayous and other waterways. It is world famous for it sponge industry and antique shops in the historic downtown area.
I wandered around the waterfront area for a while, and then headed north along the gulf coast. The next beautiful city was Port Richey, then Bayonet Point, and a little farther up was Hudson, with some very awesome beaches.
As the sun started to dropped low into the horizon, I made it to Weeki Wachee, home of Weeki Wachee Springs, one of Florida's oldest attractions.
It was time to head home, so I headed East on Hwy 50, which isn't an exciting road, but got me home just as it turned dark. It was a nice ride, but aren't they all.
If you get the chance, come on down to Florida in the winter time. You can ride in comfort almost every day.