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Old 06-09-10, 08:39 AM   #1
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City Boy takes a ride in the Country

I went on vacation last week to the rural areas of North Florida. I took my bike for several rides in the country. About 98% of my usual cycling is in the city or urban core so I was a little freaked out by the wide open spaces and lack of humanity. On one ride I was only overtaken by 10 cars within 20 miles. After reading several posts over the years on BF regarding harassment of riders in the country I was a little apprehensive about being so isolated. On the last day I was out a car pulled by me and the passenger started pointing off to the right of the road. I couldnít understand what he was saying so I thought I was getting the standard ďget off the roadĒ gesture. It was starting to rain and I realized the guy was trying to tell me there was some shelter up ahead. That was unexpectedly nice.
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Knowing Florida quite well, I'd go riding somewhere near Brooksville. Florida's hilly country. I think the prettiest part of Florida. SO, where did you go ? . Florida is mostly congested. It's hard to realize you can find country in Florida.
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Knowing Florida quite well, I'd go riding somewhere near Brooksville. Florida's hilly country. I think the prettiest part of Florida. SO, where did you go ? . Florida is mostly congested. It's hard to realize you can find country in Florida.
I went up to Grayton Beach for part of the week and Lafayette Springs State Park (around Mayo and Live Oak) for the rest. Grayton was more for the tourist so I rode on some of the roads off the beach. Lafayette was truly in the middle of farm and timber country.
I live in Tampa and I do like riding mostly in the south end. Hillsborough county is pretty big and you have to ride a good distance to get out of the suburbs. Many of the empty roads I used to go on some years ago are all filled in with gated communities and strip malls.
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About 98% of my usual cycling is in the city or urban core so I was a little freaked out by the wide open spaces and lack of humanity.
Whereas, I love riding in the middle of nowhere with no one around ... and I get a little freaked out by urban cycling.
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Whereas, I love riding in the middle of nowhere with no one around ... and I get a little freaked out by urban cycling.
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Knowing Florida quite well, I'd go riding somewhere near Brooksville. Florida's hilly country. I think the prettiest part of Florida. SO, where did you go ? . Florida is mostly congested. It's hard to realize you can find country in Florida.
Florida, hilly? That state is as flat as a pancake but you're right about the congestion.
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Old 06-10-10, 07:29 AM   #6
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Whereas, I love riding in the middle of nowhere with no one around ... and I get a little freaked out by urban cycling.
I suppose itís what youíre used to. Tampa surprisingly hasnít been too bad. Iíve only had a few incidents.
Donít get me wrong I enjoyed riding out there. Next month Iím going to roughly the same area so Iíll get another dose of the rural life. Strangely, my biggest concern is vehicular harassment on some deserted road. I guess it's my paranoid nature.
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I'd go crazy riding in suburbia all the time. When I ride, I see farms and woods. It'd be better if the roads weren't all laid out in a perfect 1-mile grid pattern, but at least there's not driveways every 200 feet and 10 intersections per mile.
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if u are worried about harassment... carry a gun
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carry a machette if your worried about people. nobody harasses the nutcase with a machette. on a side note, i wouldn't actualy sugest it, but if you happens to... well...
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I'm the type of person who should not carry a weapon. I'll just have to rely on my wit and charm. Besides it's my own perceptions I need to work on.
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All always like the not having to stop for miles rather than blocks in the country.
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