Here are the photos of the trip my friend Jon and I took across the state. We rode from Clearwater beach (Gulf coast) to Vero Beach (Atlantic coast). We stretched the 185 mile trip over three days camping out the two nights.
This was the longest ride either of us have done, and a really amazing trip.
We took rt. 60 for the majority of the trip
the start, peir 60
heading across tampa bay
first and only flat of the trip about 30 min in
ran into a few friends passing through Ybor city, so we stopped for a chat
here's the campsite from the first night
the tent was a little small for both of us and our gear
Very cool. I've never seen a milk crate rack before, but apparently it did the trick. Many parts of rural Florida are very beautiful. I used to live in South Georgia (Valdosta, Savannah) and we camped a lot in N. Florida. Had a nice weekend camping trip to Crystal Springs in mid-January when a cold front came through and broke all sorts of low temperature records. I went swimming in the springs when it was about 18 degrees outside but the water was about 60 degrees. Felt good until I had to get out.
Nice trip report and pictures. It inspires me to get out and do more touring around Florida.
But one question.How was Rt 60 east of Lake Wales as far as shoulders?A few years ago I was touring south on US27 and thought about cutting east on RT60 at Lake Wales(connecting to US441) as a shortcut but was advised by a trucker that shortly outside of Lake Wales Rt60 turned into a narrow two lane shoulderless road with heavy thru truck(and other) traffic.I ended up instead taking Rt98 as a shortcut further south.The trucker had said that this was a better alternative but it actually had some bad sections itself back then ,though when I rode it more recently these bad sections had all been resurfaced with a lane/shoulder added.
So at the rate they are resurfacing and adding shoulders/bike lanes on some of these formerly dangerous roads ,I thought there was a good chance by now shoulders could have been added on the(reportedly) bad parts of Rt60 but wanted to get your first hand experience with the road conditions.
there were a few sketchy section out where its fairly desolate with a heavy flow of trucks. They are resurfacing most of the areas though, so it is getting better. Much of the last day we rode in closed of lanes due to the construction, it was a nice break from dealing with the traffic.