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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-06-2017, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Headed to Florida in Feb

So we are again headed to Miami to rent a bike for a week. Initial plan is to cross to the gulf side on 41 to Naples. Is there much to stop at along 41? Going to head up to Punta Gordo to see friends eventually as we check out the west side. Any suggestions are appreciated. Then maybe a run down to the keys for a day or so before heading back to Miami. Thanks for any input from the locals lol.

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what days are you going? the last weekend in January is gasparilla in tampa its the largest pirate festival in the world. its a big party and 4 hour parade. We trailer down from Detroit every year to hit gasparilla then ride around the tampa area the next week.

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We are arriving 7 feb for a week.

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On 41 to Naples, there is an indian casino at the junction of rt997 that has great food. Everglade city is back in business left at rt29. Some airboat rides and indian villages along the way, but not much else until you get to Naples. If you travel rt 41 (Tamiami) to Punta Gorda it is a slow ride with lots of traffic lights or take 75. Too many great bars To mention from Naples on. If you want suggestions for food and drink let me know. Naples Harley Davidson has free beer, hamburgs and hot dogs on most Saturdays.

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Thanks for the info. We are just kicking back for a week with no hard and fast plans. Never been to the gulf side.

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Tin City in Naples is a decent stopping place. If your running 41 the entire way your going to hit a lot of stop lights. It's snow bird time too so ride safe.
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Clutch1 if you got down a week earlier here in Tampa not only would you get to enjoy Gasparilla festival, but also the NHL allstar weekend is Jan27-28 at the Tampa Bay Lightning's Amalie Arena. That is of course
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Don't forget to stop for a photo-op at the smallest post office in the United States! It is about three miles east of Hwy. 29 and 41. Milepost 72, southside. Just for fun you can also send a postcard from there! Enjoy the ride and also stop at one of the Forrest Ranger spots to see the alligators. Coming from Miami will be on your right, really neat to see them up close. Have a place on Marco Island and we really enjoy the Gulf side and surrounding area's. Ride safe and have fun and watch out for the "Q-TIPS", also known as the old [email protected]#$%^.
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i think there's still a ferry that runs from ft. myers to the keys. about a 3 hour cruise. a 3 hour cruise lol

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off US 41, take 29 north, called panther hwy. it goes up into Immokalee, and hits the orange groves. make a loop over to US 27 then south to the keys. stop and see lake Okeechobee, big sugar, big citrus and big cattle country. i ride it several times a yr. personally, I'd stay away from Naples, Tampa, etc. just another traffic laden city with nothing to see. I wouldn't take Krome Av(997) to Keys now, too much construction. just stay on 27 to hwy 1. and when in Key West. there is a great butterfly emporium at South Beach. don't miss it....................oh, and when you get to US27, go north for a bit and visit Mt. Dora, Leesburg area. it's beautiful there, a small artist community. good riding!
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