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I am planning a trip from Miami to Ocala national forest on Memorial day week-end with a bunch of friends.

Would anyone located in that area give me some suggestion as to where to ride, a hotel or other place to stay, and things to do.

If any Strommer want to join, let me know.

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There are good roads to the west of the forest, if you take 40 towards the city of Ocala. Silver Springs is that way, too. I led a group ride in that area last summer, I can upload the route sheet if you're interested. North of the forest is the Fort Gates Ferry. It's a neat little 2-car ferry boat that crosses the St. Johns River. There's a few miles of dirt road to get to it.

Planning on any dirt riding in the forest? ONF is mostly sugar sand and the V-Strom is too heavy to be much fun in that. It's doable though, if you're stubborn enough. If you stick to the bigger forest roads it's not too bad. They're mostly hard-packed, but you'll still come across patches of deep sand. Again, I can recommend some specific routes if you're interested.
 

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Jean Marc;
Good to hear from you again! Don't know if we are going to be around that weekend or not. If we are available, I'll be in touch. Who all are coming with you??
 

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There are good roads to the west of the forest, if you take 40 towards the city of Ocala. Silver Springs is that way, too. I led a group ride in that area last summer, I can upload the route sheet if you're interested. North of the forest is the Fort Gates Ferry. It's a neat little 2-car ferry boat that crosses the St. Johns River. There's a few miles of dirt road to get to it.

Planning on any dirt riding in the forest? ONF is mostly sugar sand and the V-Strom is too heavy to be much fun in that. It's doable though, if you're stubborn enough. If you stick to the bigger forest roads it's not too bad. They're mostly hard-packed, but you'll still come across patches of deep sand. Again, I can recommend some specific routes if you're interested.
Hi Jet,

I don't think we'll be planning any dirt riding, as I am currently riding with two beemer, RT and GT, however, I might wanto to have some fun myself and test the bigger forest road with hard pack trail. Any suggestion will be welcome, and please if you can upload the route sheet would be interesting to look at. Any suggestion on lodging? I am interested in going to Silver Springs to scuba dive in the cave too.

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Jean Marc;
Good to hear from you again! Don't know if we are going to be around that weekend or not. If we are available, I'll be in touch. Who all are coming with you??
Hi Jim:

I will be riding with Richard that you met when we came to Daytona last October, and Rusty who owns an RT. We all come with our significant other for that week-end. Marco was on copy of the invitation, but he has not replied so far, though I am not sure if he will come as he is busy with his business.
 

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I'll check the calendar. If I'm around, I could take you on a tour of Lake County. We have some of the best country back roads and rolling hills in the entire state.
Sounds like a real opportunity to plan a ride and print up a route sheet.
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I'll post more info.... I'm thinking about doing a Three day trip on Memorial weekend. I haven't firmed up those plans yet. If I don't do the trip, I'll be happy to play tour guide. I'll try to confirm soon.
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Diving Silver Springs

It is actually a state law prohibiting scuba diving around the head springs of the Silver River. It takes a lot of work and knowing the right people to get a permit to dive the springs and would probably have to be for an approved scientific research project. I know several people who have dove the main cave, and they told me there is a large cavern room but the water enters from many cracks between the rocks and does not have a large cave passage to dive. It is legal to dive in the river starting about a half mile down from the springs. There is a sign telling you where this point is. You must have a boat and a dive flag and watch out for boat traffic.
 

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Hey, if y'all come up during the week, I'll be more than happy to show you around the area.

I live in Umatilla, which is just south of the ONF.

I know lots of outstanding roads and runs to make.

As someone has already stated, most of the dirt roads in the ONF are pretty sandy. Not recommended for the V-Strom. However, if dirt is on your mind, I might suggest heading to Osceola National Forest. Most of the paths there are grass covered. The Strom does those very nicely!

Drop me a PM if I can help.
 

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Hey, if y'all come up during the week, I'll be more than happy to show you around the area.

I live in Umatilla, which is just south of the ONF.

I know lots of outstanding roads and runs to make.

As someone has already stated, most of the dirt roads in the ONF are pretty sandy. Not recommended for the V-Strom. However, if dirt is on your mind, I might suggest heading to Osceola National Forest. Most of the paths there are grass covered. The Strom does those very nicely!

Drop me a PM if I can help.
I'd love to try that fl_strom. I just heard the disturbing news that my boss in on vacation for a month starting next week. I have a lot of outside sales calls to make :) Maybe we can even get Charlie out there. If you have a Thursday or Friday in May, I'm in.

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I have most weekdays off at this time.

Thursday is always open.
 

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Perhaps we should start a new thread. Thursday May 10th calls for 85 hi 65 low partly sunny in Orlando. I'd be riding over from Tampa but I can get started real early.

If you have a start point fl_strom, I'll be there.

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Rod, get in touch with me if you are riding this Friday. I was trying to get together with Charlie and Lou for a lunch ride somewhere between he and me. Maybe we can get several involved. Why dont you atart a new thread for this ride???
 

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Rod, get in touch with me if you are riding this Friday. I was trying to get together with Charlie and Lou for a lunch ride somewhere between he and me. Maybe we can get several involved. Why dont you atart a new thread for this ride???
Jim, one good reason is I wouldn't have a clue about riding through the trees :) I think this Friday is very possible. Outside sales guys drink or play golf on Fridays. I don't own any golf clubs. fl_strom, what's going on Friday? We'll make it friendly so you can get back in time for your class.

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Perhaps we should start a new thread. Thursday May 10th calls for 85 hi 65 low partly sunny in Orlando. I'd be riding over from Tampa but I can get started real early.

If you have a start point fl_strom, I'll be there.

Rod
Did I hear someone say Thursday, May 10th? :) That's a good day for me! Can I come play too?
 

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Memorial weekend ride

I would like to join the group for the Memorial weekend forest ride. Marty it would be great if you could show us some of those harder packed trails. I have done some sand ridding but it was tuff in the sugar. This ride sounds like a fun day!
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Thanks for the entertainment information. I heard of cave diving somewhere in central Florida and thought that was Silver Springs. I still don't have any information about accomodation.
 

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Hey, if y'all come up during the week, I'll be more than happy to show you around the area.

I live in Umatilla, which is just south of the ONF.

I know lots of outstanding roads and runs to make.

As someone has already stated, most of the dirt roads in the ONF are pretty sandy. Not recommended for the V-Strom. However, if dirt is on your mind, I might suggest heading to Osceola National Forest. Most of the paths there are grass covered. The Strom does those very nicely!

Drop me a PM if I can help.
PM sent, thanks for your suggestions!
 
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