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Old 09-06-07, 12:09 PM
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Florida: coast to coast (pics)

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


here's the nice lake we woke up to








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At points through the middle of the state, there is a whole lot of nothing....








waking up, day three


looks like we're on schedule here, about 2/3 of the way across the peninsula


kissimmee river i believe




tourist trap yeehaw junction where rt60 meets the florida turnpike


this guy is a full time camper, he had the site next to us the first night. here we ran into him 100 miles later.
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more nothing


the intercoastal


you can juuussst see the coast


a1a


check it out, we did it




lemonades to celebrate


and cubans....




overall we had a great time, nothing like i've ever done before. thanks for looking!
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Love the home made "trunk"! Just get what you have, and get out and ride =)
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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.
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haha, well the trip was pretty spontaneous so we just threw together what we had lying around. Everything seemed to hold up ok.
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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.
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Musta been hot.
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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.
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Very nice ride and I enjoyed the pictures. Am I mistaken or is the Florida penninsula totally flat?
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yep, pretty much flat the whole way. Day 2 was was at the beginning of a cold front though so we rode against a twenty-something mph wind all day...would have rather not done that
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Ya got a little something hangin' from your mouth there, my friend.
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