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Thu May 02, 2019 3:35 am quote
Lostboater planned another oyster tour for a couple of weekends ago.

We liked the Ed Ball Wakulla Springs Lodge so much that we thought we would try it again. This time would be for canoeing.

I determined that I would leave home on Sunday afternoon to meet up with Ken, Dave and Larry at the Lodge. I had hoped to go racing in the morning, then leave in the afternoon, but a huge storm was approaching from the west. The Weather Channel had it arriving at Wakulla in the early afternoon, so I skipped the Autocross and headed west at 9:30.

To beat the storm, I took the fastest possible route, that being I-10 the 135 miles to just east of Tallahassee.

Rocket was the chosen steed and it maintained sufficient speed to stay clear of traffic along the way, averaging over 70 mph on that stretch.

I arrived an hour before the rain, so I could have taken my favorite route, but chickened out. I hate riding in the rain.

At dinner it was decided that, after the front came in, the temperatures were to be too low for comfortable canoeing, so we decided to ride to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge instead. The lighthouse there is cool and the ride to it through the estuaries of the Gulf of Mexico outstanding. Well worth the trip.

That was followed by the worst oysters ever at a terrible restaurant is the tiny town of St. Marks.

Ken and I rode to Cedar Key hoping to keep the oysters down and succeeded. We had a nice ride with timely stops and settled into a hotel on Dock Street.

We had drinks nearby and a light dinner at Tony's before calling it a night early.

In the morning we wanted to have breakfast at our favorite place, The Daily Grind, but had seen the night before that the owners were on vacation.

So we went to Annie's instead. Neither of us knew where it was so we were riding down D Street. I looked at a restaurant to the right then straight ahead to find Ken almost stopped 20 feet in front of me beginning to turn into Annie's. I slammed on the brakes and just missed him. We were lucky.

Breakfast was good and we headed home.

Always fun riding with Lostboater.

Bill

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The boys admiring the million dollar scooter.

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Heading to the lighthouse at St. Marks NWR.

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Rocket and the lighthouse at St. Marks.

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More of the St. Marks NWR.

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We stopped at the rusted trucks while riding around Crawfordsville.

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The first bad oysters on any of the Tours were at a restaurant in St. Marks. We ate a few and stopped.

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On the road to Cedar Key.

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Flag door at the local volunteer fire department.

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Sunrise at Cedar Key.

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Unfortunately the Daily Grind was closed.

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But Annie's was good.

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The rocketship ran flawlessly the entire way.

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Thu May 02, 2019 4:49 am quote
Too bad about the oysters but from the pictures it looks like a nice ride with some pleasant weather. We are having a tough time here in VT getting some nice weather. Currently in another stretch of multiple days in the 40's with that wet stuff. About 10 deg below normal. UGH!
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Thu May 02, 2019 5:18 am quote
wbdvt wrote:
Too bad about the oysters but from the pictures it looks like a nice ride with some pleasant weather. We are having a tough time here in VT getting some nice weather. Currently in another stretch of multiple days in the 40's with that wet stuff. About 10 deg below normal. UGH!
I hope the weather gets better soon.

I will be riding around the area in another three weeks.

And calling you guys.

Bill
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Thu May 02, 2019 5:37 am quote
our 3rd foray into Florida (1999) was a road trip to the Panhandle, Wakulla, St Marks, Cedar Key etc, having the kids in tow (are we at Disney yet?) meant we didn't get to spend enough time there. Your photos have shown me that 20 years on a revisit is overdue. Thanks

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Eldest at St Mark's Lighthouse, now all growed up with kids of her own

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Thu May 02, 2019 5:39 am quote
WLeuthold wrote:
I hope the weather gets better soon.

I will be riding around the area in another three weeks.

And calling you guys.

Bill
My thoughts as I was typing that out that weathers improves drastically so your thin Florida blood doesn't go into thermal shock!
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Thu May 02, 2019 6:16 am quote
wbdvt wrote:
My thoughts as I was typing that out that weathers improves drastically so your thin Florida blood doesn't go into thermal shock!
I hope that they are still selling overcoats and long underwear when I arrive.
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Thu May 02, 2019 6:19 am quote
fleece wrote:
our 3rd foray into Florida (1999) was a road trip to the Panhandle, Wakulla, St Marks, Cedar Key etc, having the kids in tow (are we at Disney yet?) meant we didn't get to spend enough time there. Your photos have shown me that 20 years on a revisit is overdue. Thanks
It is a beautiful area that I visited years ago but am now getting to know quite well on the Oyster Tours with Ken.

Let us know when you are coming and we will arrange to have a scooter for you to ride.

Bill
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Thu May 02, 2019 6:27 am quote
WLeuthold wrote:
fleece wrote:
our 3rd foray into Florida (1999) was a road trip to the Panhandle, Wakulla, St Marks, Cedar Key etc, having the kids in tow (are we at Disney yet?) meant we didn't get to spend enough time there. Your photos have shown me that 20 years on a revisit is overdue. Thanks
It is a beautiful area that I visited years ago but am now getting to know quite well on the Oyster Tours with Ken.

Let us know when you are coming and we will arrange to have a scooter for you to ride.

Bill
will do Bill, thanks for the offer
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Thu May 02, 2019 10:18 am quote
WLeuthold wrote:
wbdvt wrote:
My thoughts as I was typing that out that weathers improves drastically so your thin Florida blood doesn't go into thermal shock!
I hope that they are still selling overcoats and long underwear when I arrive.
If it's like Wisconsin they only take them off the shelves in July for the 30 day swimwear season.
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Thu May 02, 2019 10:24 am quote
fledermaus wrote:
WLeuthold wrote:
wbdvt wrote:
My thoughts as I was typing that out that weathers improves drastically so your thin Florida blood doesn't go into thermal shock!
I hope that they are still selling overcoats and long underwear when I arrive.
If it's like Wisconsin they only take them off the shelves in July for the 30 day swimwear season.
I always heard that summer in your neck of the woods was July 4.

Cold moves back in on the 5th.

Bill
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Thu May 02, 2019 7:02 pm quote
WLeuthold wrote:
fledermaus wrote:
WLeuthold wrote:
wbdvt wrote:
My thoughts as I was typing that out that weathers improves drastically so your thin Florida blood doesn't go into thermal shock!
I hope that they are still selling overcoats and long underwear when I arrive.
If it's like Wisconsin they only take them off the shelves in July for the 30 day swimwear season.
I always heard that summer in your neck of the woods was July 4.

Cold moves back in on the 5th.

Bill
Oh, that was such a good year!
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