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Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:20 am quote
I spent the last few days in St. Petersburg and Avon Park with my friends Ken and Warren (Lostboater and Wmac) along with Warrens wife Susan.

I rode down on Max, taking a scenic route 240 mile route from Jacksonville to St. Petersburg. We enjoyed a fine dinner prepared by Ken's wife Vicki on Thursday night.

Friday saw us waiting out the rain, almost going to Plan B, but the rain let up at 1:30 and we headed south over a windy Sunshine Skyway Bridge towards Avon Park. The skies cleared eventually allowing for a nice ride. We only stopped once to visit the Cracker Trail Museum in Zolfo Springs before arriving at the Jacaranda in time for happy hour at 18 East across the street.

Saturday we decided to loop Lake Okeechobee with a stop to see the lake. You have to take roads to the top of the dike to see anything, but it clearly is a big lake.

We had lunch in our favorite Cuban restaurant in Clewiston, then got caught by more rain but waited at a gas station until it was light enough to continue.

We stopped at the Sugar Sand Distillery on the way back to sample some of their whiskies.

Dinner of small tacos at the casual taqueria, early to bed, breakfast Sunday morning before I headed back to Jacksonville.

As usual, a very enjoyable long weekend.

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Warren and Ken

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Wet roads

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But the sun did come out

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Stopping to see the museum in Zolfo Springs. hHe nice woman who ran the place acted like we were the first visitors in days.

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Ken ready to ride at the museum.

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Scooters in front of the Jacaranda.

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A stop at Sebring International Raceway.

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Riding up the dike to see Lake Okeechobee

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Ken, Warren and Lake Okeechobee

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Riding in Pahokee

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The still at the distillery



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Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:46 am quote
Nice, I enjoy reading about rides while having my coffee and watching the snow come down.
Thanks for posting!
Hooked
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Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:45 am quote
Thanks for taking me along on the ride.

I've been to Clewiston several time and did not realize it was possible to ride the rim of the dam. Where is the road that offers access to the rim? Tell me bout the Cuban restaraunt, I'm always on the hunt for good cuban food. Some of my favorite cuban food comes from Pipo's in St. Pete.

Paul
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Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:06 pm quote
roadscum wrote:
Thanks for taking me along on the ride.

I've been to Clewiston several time and did not realize it was possible to ride the rim of the dam. Where is the road that offers access to the rim? Tell me bout the Cuban restaraunt, I'm always on the hunt for good cuban food. Some of my favorite cuban food comes from Pipo's in St. Pete.

Paul
We rode on the dike at Port Mayaka on 98. You can't go far on the top, but it is a place where you can see the lake.

The Cuban restaurant is in a little strip shopping center next to the Clewiston Inn. It is called Cafe Tropical. Unassuming little place. So inexpensive, but so good.

Bill
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Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:52 pm quote
What a great time! Weíre currently camping at Mayakka River State Park, heading home tomorrow. Several attempts to sell Kenís MP3 have been met with stiff resistance, so Iíll drop it off at in St Pete on the way to the airport.

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Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:45 pm quote
WLeuthold wrote:
roadscum wrote:
Thanks for taking me along on the ride.

I've been to Clewiston several time and did not realize it was possible to ride the rim of the dam. Where is the road that offers access to the rim? Tell me bout the Cuban restaraunt, I'm always on the hunt for good cuban food. Some of my favorite cuban food comes from Pipo's in St. Pete.

Paul
We rode on the dike at Port Mayaka on 98. You can't go far on the top, but it is a place where you can see the lake.

The Cuban restaurant is in a little strip shopping center next to the Clewiston Inn. It is called Cafe Tropical. Unassuming little place. So inexpensive, but so good.

Bill
Thanks Bill. I'll have a go at both next time I'm in the area.

My home is about 30 minutes from Mayakka River State Park. I chased gators around the lake in my Kayak.... silly me.

Between the park and the pioneer museum is another attraction I think you'd enjoy. Maybe you've already been there, Solomon's Castle. Created by an artist, interesting stuff, especially the boat in the mote. The food is excellent, fresh, and prepared on site. The G F and I make it a destination ride almost every month that they're open.

Paul
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Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:53 pm quote
Ken and Warren went to Solomonís Castle on Sunday.

I still work and had a four and a half hour ride home, so I headed north as they went south.

I will visit there next time.

Bill
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Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:02 am quote
Almost a Oyster Tour
Could have been one if we found some oysters!
Another great weekend at the Jac. We enjoyed hosting you guys and meeting Susan. Lets do it again.

Warren, the deposit is in the bank on the MP3 so don't scratch it.

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Her ambition, though born in FLA and living here all her life, is not to die in FLA

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Poor Mrs. Claus

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They are not in jail. That is the hand operated elevator in the Jac.

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Sebering talking to a driver

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Ooppps

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liquor me up for the ride.

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The teacher paying attention to the teacher

Molto Verboso
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Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:07 am quote
some more photos
the ride continues.......

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Is this a warning about drinking their moonshine

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We only eat the most formal restaurants

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The afore mentioned Solomons Castle

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In Avon Park they have the only memorial to war dogs to our knowledge

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The writer of the this email

Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:27 am quote
Wow, great tour. Color me envious.

That MP3 looks really good on Warren.
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Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:04 am quote
Great Ride Great Photos
Thanks. Go to see others riding in our off Season.

Bob Copeland
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Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:51 am quote
My turn
Well, Lostboater and Wleuthold really know how to show off their home state. After the VCdM trip to Catalonia, Ken made the mistake of inviting us to visit FL. We had a bit of time in early December, just when the weather starts getting crappy here, so we flew down to Tampa on SWA. With the loan of a scooter, it was just about the best weekend I've spent in a while. Great weather, great friends, delicious food, and alligators! Thanks also to Mrs Lostboater for an awesome meal on Thursday night!

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Lorenzo helped us wait out the rain on Friday

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Accessories are important!

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Mrs Wmak and I went camping.

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The end of a perfect day

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Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:01 am quote
Hey, I know this band of hooligans! Looks like a good time was had by all.
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Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:42 pm quote
tdrake wrote:
Hey, I know this band of hooligans!
You got your character reference right there!
Molto Verboso
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Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:54 pm quote
fledermaus wrote:
tdrake wrote:
Hey, I know this band of hooligans!
You got your character reference right there!


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Ossessionato
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Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:24 pm quote
Yea, we are real Rabble Rousers.
Molto Verboso
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Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:37 am quote
Nice report, looks like you had great time!

This kind of ride reports are a life safer for a guy in the middle of snow and freezing temperatures. Reminds that there is hope.... just a few more months to go.
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Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:36 pm quote
Yamaha
Bill,

Forgot to mention. The Yamaha looks super. Appears you like riding that machine.

Bob Copeland
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Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:51 am quote
Hi Bob,

Yes, the Yamaha has proven to be a very fine scooter, especially for the touring that I enjoy.

I have had it just over three months and it now has over 5500 miles on the odometer.

Fast, practical and trouble free.

Not as much fun as the Vespas, but a fine machine.

I may be tempted to ride it to Wisconscoot if I have the time. I will be coming in some way regardless if it doesn't conflict with the VCdM Portugal Rally in September.

Bill
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Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:51 pm quote
What's the verdict on the three wheeler?
Like? Dislike?
I saw one at the grocery. It was bigger than I expected, but the owner didn't have time to talk.
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Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:02 pm quote
Allens wrote:
What's the verdict on the three wheeler?
Like? Dislike?
I saw one at the grocery. It was bigger than I expected, but the owner didn't have time to talk.
Ken sold it. None of us liked to ride that thing.

Bill
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Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:27 am quote
WLeuthold wrote:
Allens wrote:
What's the verdict on the three wheeler?
Like? Dislike?
I saw one at the grocery. It was bigger than I expected, but the owner didn't have time to talk.
Ken sold it. None of us liked to ride that thing.

Bill
I did not "dislike" it. I just did not like it enough to take up space in the garage.
It is a 100lbs heavier than a GTS, it was very comfortable ride on the highway, but around town for me it was to awkward.

And, my wife said "it is ugly and it's blue." That was the final nail in the coffin.
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Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:00 pm quote
Nice trip report and photos!
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Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:30 pm quote
Allens wrote:
What's the verdict on the three wheeler?
Like? Dislike?
I saw one at the grocery. It was bigger than I expected, but the owner didn't have time to talk.
I just saw this, so I'll weigh in. The MP3 was fun to ride, especially on the highway. It feels really solid, does well in wind (probably the 100 extra lbs), and has plenty of storage. I had no complaints, especially since Ken graciously allowed me the use of it for several days, but I won't be buying one for myself. I have noticed that there seem to be way more of these bikes in Northern Europe than in Italy or Greece. Probably best suited for a year-round commuter in a locale with significant rainfall and mild winters, like Paris.
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