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Molto Verboso
2007 LX 150 & 1969 Sprint Veloce
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Molto Verboso
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2007 LX 150 & 1969 Sprint Veloce
Joined: UTC
Posts: 1070
Location: Orlando, FL
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My trip from Orlando to Apollo Beach on Tampa Bay to see the manatees at the Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center on 1/31/10 with the Scooter Crew.

My trip began at 5:51 AM; Odometer: 6023
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Rode to Einstein Bros. Bagels for some breakfast and to meet up with the Orlando riders.
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After filling up on bagels and coffee we departed at 7:15 and headed to Winter Haven to meet up with more of the group. One of the riders had an oil leak due to a loose dip stick, but we arrived in Winter Haven right on time at 9:15.
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From Winter Haven, we rode on over to Apollo Beach to the TECO Big Bend Power Plant and Manatee Viewing Center.
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The manatees gather in the warm discharge canal water in the wintertime.
The bumps in the water are manatees.
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The water nearest the discharge was 86 degrees. The air temperature was in the 50's.
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The canal and surrounding area has become a Federal Sanctuary to help protect the manatees and other wildlife.
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Fiddler crab
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Little Blue Heron
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Tampa Bay Estuary
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Big Bend Power Plant
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Some more wildlife
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Some of the Crew and me.
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After seeing the manatees, we all rode over to Circles Waterfront Dining for some much needed food and refreshment.
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After lunch and hanging out for a little bit we headed back home. The Orlando group split off from the Winter Haven riders on the way out.
I arrived back home at 7:17 PM; Odometer: 6268. Round trip miles = 245.
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The Host with the Toast
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Nice report, I love power plants.
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Molto Verboso
2007 LX 150 & 1969 Sprint Veloce
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Posts: 1070
Location: Orlando, FL
 
Molto Verboso
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2007 LX 150 & 1969 Sprint Veloce
Joined: UTC
Posts: 1070
Location: Orlando, FL
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175mws wrote:
Nice report, I love power plants.
I thought you would. Here's 2 more pics.

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The Host with the Toast
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Scooter Bug wrote:
175mws wrote:
Nice report, I love power plants.
I thought you would. Here's 2 more pics.

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Looks like fun, I think my friend works at the plant if its near homosasaa FL
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Molto Verboso
2007 LX 150 & 1969 Sprint Veloce
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Posts: 1070
Location: Orlando, FL
 
Molto Verboso
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2007 LX 150 & 1969 Sprint Veloce
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Location: Orlando, FL
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No, Homosassa is almost 100 miles to the north. There is a large power complex in Crystal River about 20 miles from Homosassa though.
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