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This is it Riders, time for the Annual Tail of the Gecko (Northern) ride, 72 miles of the curviest roads (84 turns), largest hills, the most fun and best ride in Florida - period! For those of you that have ridden this ride with us before, you know how long and hard this ride can be, but it is the most fun ride in this entire state. Those of you that have not ridden it, you are in for one heck of a treat. Florida does have curvy roads and curvy roads with hills. This route combines all the hilly curvy roads together for the best 72 miles you will experience in the Sunshine State. Some of the curves are a full 90 degree turns, some are hidden curves, and some are easy wavy turns. All combined with the most hills in the area. This ride requires concentration and confidence in your riding. You will have many an opportunity to lean your bike over and scrape those pegs, believe me. If you are not comfortable with your bike, and comfortable with leaning you may find this ride to be hard and frustrating, because you will have to slow down to navigate some turns. Either way, this ride will offer some of the most beautiful scenery (wildlife, farms, lakes, crops and rolling "valley like" meadows) there is to see. We will meet at 301 Family Diner get a bite to eat, safety briefing and head out towards the ride beginning (HWY 52) at 9:00 am. En-route to the Gecko beginning, we will take back roads: ·301 to MLK ·MLK to Williams ·Williams to Fowler ·Fowler to Morris Bridge ·Morris Bridge to Eiland Blvd ·Eiland Blvd to Hwy 579 ·579 to 579A (Stop for Scenery View) ·579A to Curley Rd ·Curley Rd to Hwy 52 (Flying J Travel Plaza) to get to the start. Before we start the Gecko, we will stop at Flying J Travel plaza for a quick break (gas, snack and any last-minute adjustments). From there we start the Gecko. We will ride solid for 45(+/-) miles. We will take another break at the half way point (HWY 50). This year I added a few extra curvy roads into the route. It adds about 10 miles to the first part of the ride. We will also be stopping at two scenic locations, to give you a chance to marvel at the view (short 5-minute stops). The last part of the Gecko is along Gobblers Road near Sleepy Hollow, one heck of a curvy adventure there. We will finish the ride at Sleepy Hollow in Floral City and be ready for the $6 Steak and Baked Potato. This ride will be at a moderate pace and the goal is fun, we will not leave anyone behind. But I promise, if you do this ride and give it your best effort, you will say "that was one heck of a ride" as you toast The Tail of the Gecko.
This will be a first for us - A Wedding Vow Renewal! I will post more details very soon. Just know this is a "Biker" Wedding Vow Renewal. We will ride there, conduct the ceremony on our bikes (all riders will be participants in this event) and enjoy food and drinks afterward. Please save the date.
Riders: This is another Poker Run, but it is one with Special Meaning – Valentines Day! It is our kind of Poker Run; it is hosted by VFW Riders of Post 4412 in Hudson FL. All the Poker Run stops are other VFW Posts throughout Pasco, Hernando and Citrus Counties. Cost is $10 per rider and $5 per passenger (Cheap). Registration starts at 9:30am and has a KSU at 10:30am. The last bike must be in at 4:30pm (we will be done long before that). All the proceeds from this event benefit Baldomero Veterans Home. The mission of this Veterans Home is: Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home located in Land O Lakes, FL, in Pasco County, offers a variety of therapies and care services to help you regain your independence. Skilled nurses, therapists and licensed care professionals are available to guide you through your personalized therapy. Lunch will be a donation and will be served at the VFW Post in Floral City. I have posted the ride flyer and route in the photos section of this site. We can take which ever route we desire to the VFW Posts and we will take the best, hilliest and curviest roads Hernando and Citrus Counties have to offer. It will be a 150-mile day of country riding. Let’s meet at a different location for breakfast, the Breakfast Nook. It is a small great location for breakfast, not expensive and will shorten our ride to the staring point. Once we eat, we will have our KSU at 9:00am (+/-) and depart north on HWY 41 to Hwy 52. From Hwy 52 we will go west to VFW Post 4412. Should be about a 45 minute ride to get there, as long as we arrive by 10:15am we will be fine. So, lets ride for Valentines Day in support of a Veterans Service Organization (VFW) in support of a Veterans Retirement Home. I could not think of a better reason to have a Poker Run.
Riders: I had so much fun during the last Whimsical Florida ride, I thought I would prepare another before the Bikefest season starts. This time, due to the weather, I wanted to travel south and keep it relatively close to home to prevent a freezing ride home. As you know, the theme of the Whimsical Rides includes; one, a Winery, two, a local area gem (some may call it culture) and three, something military. This ride covers the areas of Ellenton, Bradenton and Sarasota. First, we will ride to Gamble Mansion in Ellenton. Gamble Mansion is South Florida’s only antebellum mansion and is located in Gamble Plantation Historic State Park just two miles off I-75 and consists of huge house with old southern white columns and is the site of a dramatic Civil War event. Today, thanks to the United Daughters of the Confederacy, it is a museum and is furnished with authentic period items. For the tour, a guide takes visitors through all the Mansion rooms, pointing out such items as a 19th Century piano, the painted floor cloth and other spectacular Civil War items. The park where the Mansion is located, is filled with towering live oaks cloaked in Spanish moss, and near to it is the 1895 Patten House, a pioneer farmhouse also preserved and maintained by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. After we take the Mansion tour and stroll the Mansion grounds, we will gear up and head out to our next location. Next, we will ride to the Sarasota Airport, park the bikes and walk inside. We will walk to the monument dedicated to the WWII Sarasota Army Airfield. While at the monument, you will be treated to a historical narrative covering when the airport was built, who built it, why it was built, Army units it hosted, planes they flew and other bits of information. You will also be provided with photos of what the Airfield looked like then and of course today. Feel free to use the link below and watch the Youtube video of personnel training at Sarasota Army Airfield before you come along for this ride. That should cover no more than ten minutes or so, and after that will be lunch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv3Mw7khBGg For lunch we will depart the Airport and ride on over to Woody’s River Roo. They are the local area favorite for bikers. They pride themselves on saying that they provide “Old Florida Dinning.” Woody’s is located on the Manatee River, has a great view and they always have music playing. After lunch we will once again gear up and ride to our final Whimsical Florida destination, the Fiorelli Winery in Bradenton. The Fiorelli Winery is the only grape winery and vineyard on the gulf coast of Southwestern Florida. Originated in 1998, their hand-crafted wines will amaze you and they say that their wine will change your opinion about wine made in Florida! The tour I am looking at is the Standard Tour. This includes wine tasting, an informative, fun and leisurely stroll through the vineyard, and a tour inside the workings of the winery, cost is $12.50. Tours begin every hour on the hour. Let’s meet at 301 Family Restaurant for breakfast, we can eat until full, drink coffee and catch up. Once we are ready (KSU 9 am) we will ride south along Hwy 301 to Balm Riverview Rd. Take Balm Riverview Rd south to Balm Rd, then go east to Balm Wimauma Rd south to Hwy 674. We will take Hwy 674 west to Hwy 579 south and go south to Hwy 62. We will follow Hwy 62 west to Hwy 301 (Parrish) and follow that to Gamble Mansion. To the Airport we will continue on Hwy 301 south to University Pkwy and go west to the Airport. From the Airport we will tale University Pkwy east to Lorraine Rd and ride north to Hwy 64. Then take Hwy 64 east to Waterbury Rd to the Winery. Once the Winery fun is over, we will take Hwy 575 north to Hwy 301 and follow Hwy 301 back into Tampa Bay. Our return time will likely be between 4 and 5 pm. Please consider coming along with us and explore some of your community’s unique sites and experiences (Whimsical).