Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Riverview, Florida
Bikes: Trek 4900
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Originally Posted by lookinUp
Ride out the back gate to increase mileage. Good roads with little traffic. My former club, Coastal Cruisers from North Port, ride out there frequently.
While taking a breather at the rear gate, I have seen the kind of "locals" that ply the public roads in that vicinity. Nothing I would care to be on the same road with, especially if they are dipping or chewing. I have chosen to ride off public roads here in Florida . . .too many accidents that are easily avoided but aren't. I prefer to take my bike to places that offer great natural areas free (or relatively free) from cars and hillbillies.
North Port, being the largest city (by area) in the state of Florida had been a destination of mine a while ago. Riding some of the long forgotten paved roads with my GPS of course, I came across a bunch of numbskulls camping right there in the middle of one of the named streets! They were plinking with .22's (I think) and as I was turning around away from them, one of them said something like "Hey, come back for some beer". I was slowly increasing my speed and was intently listening for a truck motor to start up. Luckily I didn't. That was the last time I road the back roads in North Port.
The hillbillies were probably from Punta Gorda anyhow.