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The Gators ride to the Florida Carriage Museum

March 30 – George and Annie, Gordon and Maria, Dave, Earl and Maria, Jacques met at Panera Bread north in Spring Hill. It is cloudy and on the cool side at 66F as we head out north on US19 and turned right on CR476. We then turned left on SR98 and then right on Brittle Road and then right on Stage Coach Trail (CR480). We then turned left on Pleasant Grove Road (CR581 north) and made our way to Inverness. We then made a left on SR44 and then on to Independence Highway and on to SR41. We then hung a right on SR200 and stopped for a break at a convenience store in Hernando. By the way, we could see Red’s from where we were. It is still cloudy and a comfortable 75F. We then continued on SR200 and made our way to Ocala. We then meandered our way to CR464C and stopped for lunch at the Ducks Dam Diner in Ocklawaha. We then continued on CR464C and made our way to CR314 and then on to 182nd Avenue Road. We then took CR42 and made our way to Weirsdale and zigzagged our way to the Florida Carriage Museum. Earl and Maria left the group and returned to their home. We then left the Museum and took CR25 and then on to CR475 to CR470. We then rode through the Villages and made our way to CR475 and then on to SR44 west where we turned on to CR470. We then took CR475 to Bushnell and then on to CR48/US301 to CR476 and stopped for a break at a convenience store in Nobleton. We then made our way to SR41 to CR484 and on to SR50 to Brooksville where we returned to our respective homes. Our ride today was 220 miles. To view the photos click here. To view more photos taken by Annie click here.

” Snowbird” Appreciation Picnic

March 28 – Thirty five (35) Gators and friends (Rich, Frenchie and Patsy, Gordon and Brenda, Dave and Linda, George and Annie, Bill and Marina, Bill and Bonnie, Neil and Barb and their family Heidi, Sandra and Tiffany, Cheryl, John and Karen, Greg and Jean Ann, Russ and Linda and their son Brad, Earl and Maria, Gary and Kathy, Ray and Janice, Dick, Jacques and Louise) attended the annual “Snowbird” Appreciation Picnic at A. L. Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs. What a beautiful day and what made it even more exquisite was to see Rich attend the picnic. It was wonderful to see him out and about even getting up and walking to the table to get his dessert. Russ thanked George and Annie for looking after the rides this winter. He also thanked Jacques for the write ups and photos and Jean Ann for taking care of the web site and the ride calendar. Then George thanked Russ for looking after the Chapter in Rich’s absence. There was lots of food to eat, Subway subs supplied by the Chapter and an assortment of salads and desserts supplied by the members. Pam and her two friends paid us a visit before we left. A lot of the snowbirds will be leaving pretty soon and it was enjoyable to all be together for this event. See you next winter… To view the photos click here.

Breakfast at Ram’s

March 26 – Twenty-six (26) Gators and friends (Frenchie and Patsy, Warren and Ruth, Gordon and Brenda, Dave and Linda, George and Annie, Bill and Marina, Bill T., Neil and Barb and their family Heidi, Sandra and Tiffany, Cheryl, Pam, John, Greg and Jean Ann, Russ, Jacques and Louise) attended our regular Monday morning Breakfast Club at Ram’s in Hudson. It is such a beautiful day, sunny with the temperature at 73F. This will be the last breakfast with the Gators for Jacques and Louise as they are returning North Sunday. We had the regular “quarter toss” and hold and behold, the lucky winner was Jacques who took in $4.25. Congratulations Jacques! There was no ride after breakfast. To view the photos click here.

Gators ride to the Florida District Convention

March 23 – Ten (10) Gators and friends (Dave, Tom, Russ, Ray, Gordon, Greg, Jacques and Louise) met at Panera Bread south. At 9 am, we headed out east on SR54 and made our way to SR56 around Zephyrhills and then on CR54 to SR54. We then took SR98 and stopped for a break at the Intersection of Rockridge Road and SR98. It is very warm with the temperature already in the high 70s. We then took Rockridge Road and then on to Deen Still Road and made our way across US27 and to the WorldGate Resort, the host hotel of the Florida District Convention. It is now very hot in the low 80s as we walked to the hotel to register. We walked around the vendors and some of us made a few purchases and some exchanged items that they had purchased before. We then went to the hospitality room for some snacks and after a while decided to leave. Ray had already left, so the rest of the group went for lunch at Wendy’s in Kissimmee. After lunch we returned via Deen Still and Rockridge Road and stopped for a break at the same convenience store we stopped on the way to Kissimmee. We then continued on SR98 and turned right on US301 and then left on CR52 and took SR52 west in San Antonio and returned to our respective homes. Our ride today was 180 miles. To view the photos click here.

Our Ride to Quaker Steak and Lube

March 21 – Ten (10) Gators and friends (Dave and Linda, Tom, Gordon, Donnie, Earl and Maria and their neighbor Greg on a Harley Davidson, Jacques and Louise) met at Panera Bread south. At 4 pm, we headed south on Little Road and turned right on Mitchell Boulevard and made our way to CR611. The temperature is very hot at 85F but very refreshing as we crossed the Bay Bridges into St. Petersburg and made our way to the Quaker Steak and Lube. It is their regular Wednesday night bike night but there were not a lot of vendors and bikes. It is a bit early so we went for supper that features a buffet of chicken wings, BBQ ribs, beans, macaroni and cheese, burgers and salads. After supper we walked through visiting the vendors, still not a whole lot in place. There was rain in the forecast so that’s what must be keeping the bikers away. We headed out after a while with a group heading the same way we came in and Dave and Linda, Jacques and Louise heading north on US19. We did see this beautiful rainbow to our right and we were riding up US19. We did get a bit of rain but no enough to put the rain gear on. However, shortly after we got home, the skies opened up and the rain came down in buckets. Our ride this evening was 77 miles. To view the photos click here.

Breakfast at Susie’s Too

March 19 – Eighteen (18) Gators and friends (Neil and Barb, Frenchie and Patsy, Dave and Linda, Warren, Tom, Donnie, Gordon and Brenda, John, Bill (ME), Greg and Jean Ann, Gary, Jacques and Louise) attended the regular Monday morning Breakfast Club at Susie’s Too on Old County Road 54 in New Port Richey. It is going to be another beautiful sunny day with the temperature already at 77F at 10 am. Following breakfast was the customary “quarter toss” game with the winner Brenda who took in $3.25. Congratulations Brenda! To view the photos click here.

Our Annual Progressive Dinner Ride

March 18 – Thirty one (31) Gators and friends (Russ and Linda, Neil and Barb, Dave and Linda, Ray and Janice, Greg and Jean Ann and friend Gary, Tom and Kayle and friend Gail, Jeannine, Darlene, Cheryl, Pam, Bill and Marina, Bill and Bonnie, Dick and Mary, John and Karen, Warren, Gordon and Brenda, Jim and Kathy) took part, on this beautiful Florida day, in the second annual Progressive Dinner ride. What a beautiful sunny day with the temperature at 84F. It all started with everyone gathering for appetizers at Greg and Jean Ann’s home on Myrthlewood Drive in Hudson. The meatballs, the pigs in a blanket, salads and everything else were very, very delicious. After the appetizers, we all rode to Jeannine and Cheryl’s home on Saltby Place in Spring Hill for the main course. It is still sunny with the temperature holding at 84F. It featured BBQ pull pork sandwiches, baked beans, meatballs, potato salad and salads. Again, everything was scrumptious. We then all rode to Wheatland Drive in New Port Richey at Neil and Barb’s home for dessert. There was quite an array of delectable desserts with lots and lots of calories. After desserts and lots of conversation, we all returned to our respective homes on a beautiful evening and 77F. A special thanks you to our American friends, in particular Greg and Jean Ann, Jeannine and Cheryl, Neil and Barb for opening their homes and hosting this second annual progressive dinner ride. Also, thank you to all the others and you know who you are, who assisted in putting all of this together. To view the photos click here.

Our Exercise/Lunch ride

March 15 – George and Annie, Donnie and Jane, Russ, Gordon and Brenda, Tom and Kayle, Greg, Jacques and Louise met at Panera Bread south. Greg and Kayle did not join us on the ride but they did come to have a coffee with us and see us leave. We headed out south on Little Road and turned right on Mitchell Boulevard and then left on CR611 and stopped at the John Chestnut Senior Park for the exercise part of the ride. What a beautiful day with the temperature already at 75F but 10:30 am. This is a beautiful park along Lake Tarpon with stunning boardwalks. After the walk, we continued on CR611 and across the Bayside Bridge and got on Ulmerton Road and on to Babalu on SR92 west on St. Petersburg. The food was great and the atmosphere quite enticing. After lunch Russ, Tom, Donnie and Jane returned to their respective homes and the rest continued on SR92 west and made a u-turn and headed east on SR92 and across Gandy Boulevard. We then made our way to Bayshore Boulevard through Tampa and on SR41 north and returned to our respective homes via SR41, SR52 and Shady Hills Road. It was a magnificent day with the temperature reaching a high of 87F at 3 pm. Our ride today was 101 miles. To view the photos click here.

Chapter FL1-D2 Gathering and meeting

March 14 – Again, another large crowd attended the Chapter gathering and meeting at the Golden Corral in New Port Richey. Russ called the meeting in order at 7 pm and started with the Pledge of Allegiance. This was followed by a moment of silent for our Troops. He then introduced some potential new members, Peter, Harry, Dave and Kathy. He then spoke about the Chapter’s Progressive Dinner ride scheduled for Sunday March 18. It will start with appetizers at Greg and Jean Ann’s home. Then we ride to Jeannine’s and Cheryl’s home for the main course and finish at barb and Neil’s home for desserts. A sheet was passed around to find out who will be attending. He then spoke about the “Snowbird” Appreciation Picnic scheduled for Wednesday March 28 at Anderson Park. A sheet was passed around to see who was bringing what.

Peter then spoke about the Chapter shirts and he had several samples of shirts with him. A list of available shirts and prices will be place on the web site in the very near future. Neil went over the ride calendar for the balance of March. Those attending the District Convention in Kissimmee will be going on Friday with KSU at 9 am at Panera south. Tom spoke on rider education and updated everyone on the first aid kits. He spoke on a few defensive riding skills and the “What if” situation. There was a discussion on practicing your riding skills. The handouts that was distributed during the meeting can be viewed by clicking here.

We then had a couple of draws for door prizes and the winners were Jeannine and Ray. Then it was time for the ride lotto draw and the winner was Barb who took in $42.00. The 50/50 winners who took in $20.00 each were Barb and Janice. Russ concluded the meeting by telling us that Rich is doing very well and he hopes to be at the May gathering. To view the photos click here.

Breakfast at the Blue Water Bistro

March 12 – Twenty eight (28) Gators and friends (George and Annie, Neil and Barb and friend Alexis, Greg and Jean Ann, Gordon and Brenda, Donnie and Jane, Bill (ME), John, Peter, Warren, Frenchie and Patsy, Tom and Kayle, Cheryl, Jeannine and friends Bud and Jude, Darlene, Russ, Pam, Jacques and Louise) attended the regular Monday Breakfast Club at the Blue Water Bistro in Hudson. It is a beautiful morning and great to see such a large gathering for breakfast. Following the breakfast was our customary “quarter toss” game with the winner being Kayle who took in $5.25. Congratulations Kayle! A small group (Gordon and Brenda, Donnie and Jane, Jacques and Louise) went for a ride to the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs via Little Road and Trouble Creek to Atl-19. After a bit of walking around, we had an ice cream. After the ice cream and headed out for a little tour to Howard Park and return home via Tarpon Road and US19. The temperature reached a high of 83F. Our little ride today was about 50 miles. To view the photos click here.

Gators ride to Dayton Beach for Bike Week

March 9 – Ten (10) Gators (George and Annie, Gordon, Don, Bill and Marina, Gary and Kathy, Jacques and Louise) met at Panera Bread north in Spring Hill. It is a bit cloudy and the temperature is humid at 66F. At 8 am, we headed north on US19 and turned right on to CR476. We rode through Nobleton and made our way to CR48 and stopped for a break at a convenience store in Okahumpka. The sun is out and the temperature is now a beautiful 74F and it is time to get rid of the liners. We continue on CR48 and on to SR27 making our way to Leesburg and on to SR44 to SR441 and on to CR44. We then took CR44A which took us back to SR44 and stopped for a break at a Hess gas station in Deland. We then continued on SR44 and made our way to the East Coast and on to US1 and on to A1A and stopped for lunch at the Breakers in New Smyrna Beach. That is when the skies opened up and the downpour started. Boy did it rain while we were having lunch. This is a very nice restaurant located right on the beach. The rain has almost ended as we head out back to US1 and make our way to the Helmet Shop in Daytona Beach. After a few purchases, we head out on US1 and turned right on to SR92 (International Speedway Boulevard) and make our way to the International Speedway Racetrack to check out the vendors. Again, the skies opened up and the rain started again and sometimes quite heavy. So we walked around for a while with our rain jackets on trying to dodge the rain from on vendor to the other. It was quite disappointing with the lack of vendors at the racetrack. So, after a couple of hours running from one vendor to the other to get out of the rain, we headed out, raingear on, using SR92 west and made our way to CR15 and stopped at Brian’s BBQ for supper. The rain had finally stopped and it looks like it might be a nice evening ride after all. The food was great but the service was less desirable. After supper, we continued on CR15 and turned right on SR44 and made our way to SR441 to Eustis. We then took CR19 to CR48 where we stopped for a break at a convenience store in Okahumpka. We then continued on CR48 to CR470 and made our way to US301. We then took SR50 and made our way to Brooksville and on to SR41 to Spring Hill where we returned to our respective homes without any further rain and a high of 82F. Our ride today was 322 miles. To view the photos click here.

Gators ride to the Lucky Dill for supper

March 7 – Some of us (Neil and Barb, Tom and Kayle, Russ and Linda, Jacques and Louise) met at Panera Bread at 4 pm. Shortly after 4, with the temperature at 82F and sunny, we headed out on Little Road and turned left on SR54 and made our way to US19 where we turned left. We then made our way to the Lucky Dill on US19 in Palm Harbor. At the restaurant were George and Annie, Greg and Jean Ann and Jim and Brenda, Dave and Linda arrived shortly thereafter for a total of sixteen (16) Gators. The restaurant included a bakery with scrumptious desserts and the menu is varied and the portions are hefty. Also, the prices are quite reasonable. After supper, Dave and Linda, Jim and Kathy headed to their respective homes while the rest of us headed south on US19 and turned right on Tampa Road and made our way to Atl-19. What a beautiful evening with the temperature at 75 while we are riding through Tarpon Springs where some, I think, stopped for ice cream at the Sponge Docks and the rest returned to their respective homes. To view the photos click here.

Breakfast at Jeannie

March 5 – Twenty (20) George and Annie, Neil and Barb, Dave and Linda, Frenchie and Patsy, Warren, Gordon, Don, Tom and Kayle, Jeannine, Darlene, Cheryl, Pam, Jean Ann, Russ, Jacques gathered a Jeannie in New Port Richey for the Monday Breakfast Club. The winds are gone and the sun is out and it is going to be a gorgeous day. Breakfast was followed by our usual “quarter toss” game and the lucky was Warren who took in $2.00. Congratulations Warren! Also following breakfast, Barb was taking the girls on a shopping spree in Tarpon Springs. There was no ride today. To view the photos click here.

The Gators Ride to Mixon Farm

March 3 – George and Annie, Neil and Barb, Bill and Bonnie, Neil and Barb, Dave, Earl and Maria, Jacques and Louise met at Panera Bread south. At 10 am, on four (4) bikes and two (2) trikes we headed east on SR54 and turned right on SR41. It is already 77F but quite windy. We made our way to 56th Street and back to SR41 and after a U-turn, we returned to SR41 and stopped at a convenience store in Gibtown. We then continued on SR41 and made our way to Miller’s Dutch Kitchen in Bradenton. Again, we were treated to an Amish buffet and again the fried chicken was out of this world. Everything else on the buffet was also delightful. The wind is persisting but it is now 81F as we made our way to Mixon Farm just a short distance down the road. Bill and Bonnie headed back to their home. There is a lot of people there, lots of craft and all kind of objects to leave your fingerprints on. The wind is not letting up and the vendors have a lot of problems keeping their displays in place. After a little over an hour, we head out to US301 north and make our way to SR41 north. We rode through Tampa and made our way to Livingston Road and stopped for a break at the Livingston Deli. From there, we made our way to SR41 and returned to our respective homes with the wind still blowing pretty hard. Our ride today was 186miles. To view the photos click here.

Our Picnic Ride to Heritage Village and Anderson Park

March 2 – Fifteen (15) Gators (Dave and Linda, George and Annie, Mike & Kathie Donahue, Russ, Tom and Kayle, Gordon and Brenda, Neil and Barb, Jacques and Louise) met at the Panera Bread south in New Port Richey. It is already 72F and the sun is burning off the humidity. At 10 am, Dave and Linda led the group on to Little Road where we then turned right on to Mitchell Boulevard. We then made our way to CR611 and got to Curlew road and turned right. We then made our way to US19 and then turned right on to Ulmerton road and made our way to Heritage Village in Largo. For more information on the Village click here. This is a very beautiful place to visit and it includes the Florida Botanical Gardens. For more information on the Gardens click here. Mike and Kathy headed back as they had other plans for the afternoon. The rest of the group spend about an hour and a half visiting the historical houses and walked through the botanical gardens. What a stunning place to visit. The temperature was a beautiful 82F. We then got back on the road and headed to Ulmerton road and made our way to the Gulf Boulevard and rode on a couple of bridges and through Clearwater. We then made our way to Alt19 and rode through Dunedin and Palm Harbour and turned right on Klosterman road and then turned left on US91 and made our way to Anderson Park, the location for our picnic. This is a very beautiful park that includes a boardwalk along Tarpon Lake. Following the picnic, we returned to our respective homes with the temperature still at 81F. Our ride today was 93miles. To view the photos click here.

Our Exercise/lunch ride

March 1 – Six (6) Gators (George and Annie, Gordon and Brenda, Jacques and Louise) met at the Panera Bread north in Spring Hill, FL. It is very muggy with the temperature at 70F. But it looks like it will be a hot one once the sun burns off this fog. We headed out at 10 am north on US19 and turned right on SR50 towards Brooksville. We then turned left into the parking lot of the shopping mall to avoid the traffic light and then turned left on CR493 Sunshine Grove road. We then turned right on CR476 Lindsey Road and made our way to CR491 and then on to CR491A. We then took CR480 and made our way to CR41 where we turned right and then took the Floral Park Drive and stopped at the Floral Park for the exercise part of the exercise/lunch ride. It is now sunny with the temperature at 79F. Some did walk the entire length while other walked for a bit and returned to the shaded area under the canopy. We then left the park on Floral Park Drive and took CR39A and made our way to Withlapopka Drive and on to Gobbler road. We then took the Old Floral City Road and meandered our way through several roads to Inverness where we stopped at the Cinnamon Sticks Restaurant and Bakery. The food was great but the bakery, out of his world. We then left Inverness, with the temperature at 82F and made our way to Apopka Drive and then to Anna Jo Drive and turned left on the Pleasant Grove road CR581 and made our way to Brooksville and on to Mondon Hill road to WPA road and to SR50. We then turned right on Spring Lake road and stopped for a break and ice cream at the zoo. We then continued on Spring Lake road and took old Spring Lake road and made our way to Powell road and on to Spring Hill where we returned to our respective homes. Our ride today was 140 miles. To view the photos click here.

Gators Ride to the Hurricane Seafood Restaurant

February 29 - Sixteen (16) Gators (George and Annie, Russ, Gordon and Brenda, Ray, Jim and Kathy, Neil and Barb, Earl and Maria, Greg and Jean Ann, Jacques and Louise) gathered at the Panera Bread south in New Port Richey. What a beautiful afternoon for a dinner ride with the temperature already at 82F. We headed out at 3:30 south on Little Road and then made our way to CR611 south. We then meandered our way to US19 south to 66th street and on to Gulf Way. We then took Pass-A-Grill way and made it to St. Pete’s Beach where we stopped at the Hurricane Seafood Restaurant. The temperature has already reached a high of 85F. We were seated outdoors in this beautiful restaurant with the view of the Gulf of Mexico just across the street. After supper, and by the way, the food was delicious; we walked to the beach then to the top of the restaurant to watch the sun set. What a magnificent view. Earl and Maria decided to return to their home and the rest headed out on Pass-A-Grill way and on to Gulf way and turned on to Pasadena Boulevard and made our way to 66th street. We then turned left on 68th street and then right on to Alt-19 and on to Dunedin where we stopped for ice cream at Strachan’s homemade ice cream parlor. We then returned to our respective homes via Atl-19 and US19 north with the temperature still at 70F. What a splendid evening dinner ride with our GWRRA friends. Our ride this evening was 110 miles. To view the photos click here.

Breakfast at the Cracker Barrel

February 27 - Twenty two (22) Gators, friends (Dave and Linda, George and Annie, Neil and Barb, Gordon and Brenda, Jeannine, Darlene, Cheryl, John, Bill from Maine, Greg and Jean Ann, Janice, Gayle, Russ, Jacques and Louise and a visiting GWRRA member from Arizona, Bob attended our Monday morning Breakfast Club at Cracker Barrel in Spring Hill. The temperature is very muggy at 68F and the forecast is for 50% chances of thunder showers later in the afternoon. We had the customary “quarter toss” game and the winner this time was Jean Ann who took in $3.50. Congratulations Jean Ann! The sun is now out and it is close to 80F, however, because of the forecast, the ride to Plant City for the strawberry shortcakes was cancelled. To view the photos click here.

Our Ride to Alachua

February 25- Eight (8) Gators (George and Annie, Gordon and Brenda, Greg, Gary and Kathy and Jacques) met at Panera Bread north in Spring Hill. It was on the cool side at 58F riding up there for breakfast. At 9 am, we headed out north on US19 and turned right on CR476. It is now 61F and may be the high for the day. We then turned left on SR98 and then left on CR491 (Lecanto Highway). We took CR486 and made our way to SR41 and stopped for a break in Holder. We then continued on SR41 and in Williston, we took SR41/27 and then got on 170th street and then left on 46th avenue and back on to SR41/27. We then took CR235 and made our way to Alachua where we stopped at the Conestoga’s Restaurant for lunch. This is a very nice restaurant with very large portions, and the food is also delicious. After lunch, we headed out on Main street and then on to CR235 and stopped for gas at the Kangaroo Express in Alachua. We then made our way through town and back on CR235 and took a left on to CR241 and zigzagged our way to 170th street. We then took CR24 to Alt 27 and then on to CR337 south and stopped for a break in Morris Junction. We then continued on CR337 south and then on to CR336 and on to CR40. We then took SR41 in Dunnellon and made our way to Inverness where we stopped at the Ice Cream Doctor. The temperature has now reached a high of 70F and sunny. We then continued on SR41 and on to Howell Street working our way around Brooksville and back on SR41 where George and Annie, Gordon and Brenda and Greg stopped to visit with Rich. The rest of the group returned to their respective homes via SR41. This is another great day riding with the Gators, starting on the cool side, but finishing at a beautiful 70F. Our ride today was 273 miles . To view the photos click here.

The Gators “overnight” in Fort Pierce

February 21 Day 1 - George and Annie, Gordon and Brenda, Neil and Barb, Tom and Kayle, Greg and Jean Ann, Jacques and Louise gathered at Panera Bread south in New Port Richey. It was a bit cool at 52F and we rode to Panera Bread for breakfast but the forecast was for sunny skies and beautiful weather. We headed out at 8 am on SR54 east and turned right on SR41. We then took Fletcher Boulevard and on to the Bullard Parkway. We then got on US301 and turned on the Adamo/Brandon Boulevard to SR60 and stopped for a break at a 7 Eleven in Brandon. It is time to take the liners out as the temperature is now in the low 70s. We then continued on SR60 through Bartow, Lake Wales and stopped for gas in Okeechobee at the Sunshine Food Mart. Continuing on SR60 east; we made our way to Vero Beach and stopped for lunch at the Golden Arches. The temperature continued to be sunny and is now 78F. We then made our way to USA1A to CR656 east and back to A1A, where we stopped at the Navy Seal Museum. For more information on the museum click here. We then continued on USA1A to US1 and stopped for the night at the Super 8 Motel in Fort Pierce. We arrived around 3:15 pm. Now there was an issue with reservations and the assignment of rooms but that is a story for another day. At 4:30 we rode out to the Archie’s Seabreeze Restaurant for supper. This is a great place and the food was delicious. After supper we did a 37 mile ride following the coastline and returned to the hotel for a couple of “wobbly pops” by the pool. Our ride today including the evening ride was 245 miles . To view the photos click here.

Here are more photos of the taken by Annie click here.

February 22 Day 2 - We gathered in the parking lot for an 8 am start. Gordon and Brenda stayed in Fort Pierce another day as they were visiting friends in the area. It is sunny and going to be a beautiful day. We headed out on US1 and made our way to SR770 and then on to SR70 and stopped for breakfast at the Golden Arches. The temperature is already on the mid 70s and sunny. We then continued on SR70 and stopped for gas in Arcadia. We continued on SR70 and then turned left on Verna Road to Fruitville Road and made our way to McIntosh Road and on to Bahia Vista Street and stopped for lunch at the Troyer’s Dutch Heritage in Sarasota. What a great place to eat with an all you can eat Amish buffet or simply order off the menu. The buffet was too tempting and very, very delicious. After lunch and a bit of shopping, we headed out to the Sarasota Classic Car Museum on Tamiami Road (SR41). For more information on the museum  click here. This was great with very, very nice and very expensive cars. We then headed north on SR41 and made a U turn and headed south on SR41 for a short distance and turned left on University Parkway. We then meandered our way to SR70 where we turned right on US301 and then on SR41. We rode through Ruskin and made our way to Tampa and stopped for a break at a BP Gas station. The skies did not look too promising ahead, so some riders put their rain gear on and others didn’t. Well guess what, those that didn’t got wet. However, we did make it home and the rain did stop before we got home and we were almost dry when we arrived. Again, we had a great “overnighter” with our GWRRA friends. Our ride today was 260 miles . To view the photos click here.

Breakfast at Pam’s in Port Richey

February 20 - Twelve (12) Gators and friends (George and Annie, Bill, ME, Dave and Linda, Neil and Barb, Gordon, Tom and Kayle, Jacques and Louise) gathered at Pam’s in Port Richey for the regular Monday morning breakfast club. It was a bit cool this morning at 54F compared to 72F yesterday morning. What a difference a day makes. We had the customary “quarter toss” and the winner was Barb who took in $2.75. Congratulations Barb! There was no ride after breakfast. To view the photos click here.

Our Ride to Lake Harris /Billy’s Café

February 19 - Nine (9) Gators (George and Annie, Gordon and Brenda, Bill and Bonnie, Russ, Dave, Jacques) met at Panera North. It is windy and sunny with a few clouds. The forecast was cloudy but we will take this. It is already 72F and it is not even 9 am. Shortly after 9 am, we headed out on US19 north and turned right on CR476 to Lake Lindsey. We then took CR581 (Snow Memorial Hwy) and turned right on CR480 (Stage Coach Trail). We then turned left on to SR41 and rode through Floral City and Inverness and turned right on SR44 (Gulf to Lake Hwy) and stopped in Wildwood at the MacDonald for a break. George called for reservations at Lake Harris and he was advised that there was a bike run and that they were full and probably we would not be able to get seated. It is very windy but we have avoided the rain and it is getting warmer and warmer. We did get a few sprinkles but not enough to worry about. We continued on SR44 and turned left on CR209 and made our way through several country roads and beautiful farm lands to CR42. We then headed east through the Villages and made our way to SR44 to SR441 to CR19 and stopped for lunch at Billy’s Café in Tavares. After lunch we headed out on CR19 and took CR561 to CR448 and back on SR441 in Zellwood. We then took CR437 and made our way to Winter Garden and on to Oakland Avenue and stop for gas at a Kangaroo Express in Oakland. We then continued on Oakland Avenue to Old County Road 50 to Minneola where Dave left the group and returned to his home. We then continued through several county roads and made our way to Cherry Lake Road to CR19 and turned left on to Lake Emma Road to CR33. What a beautiful area with several splendid lakes and superb scenery. At that point Bill and Bonnie turned left and headed south to their home and we turned right and headed north for a couple of miles and we were heading directly into a major downpour. We turned around just in time and headed south to Mascotte and avoided the rain. We then turned right on to SR50 to Brooksville. We then took SR41 south and headed to our respective homes. Another great ride with the Gators with the temperature reaching a high of 85F and no rain, almost! Our ride this evening was 250 miles . To view the photos click here.

The Gators Ride to Shrimps-R-US

February 18 - Ten (10) Gators (George and Annie, Gordon and Brenda, Greg and Jean Ann, Bill T., Dave, Jacques and Louise) met at Panera North on this foggy and cloudy morning. The temperature is humid at 66F, not too bad; at least it is not raining. At 9 am, we headed out on US19 north and turned right on SR50 towards Brooksville. We then turned left on Cobb Road and made another left on Howell Road and another left on SR41 north. We then turned right on Lake Lindsey Road CR476 and then on to US301 north. We then took CR470 east to US27 where we stopped for a break at a Circle K in Leesburg. The humidity is practically gone and the sun is coming out and it is now 75F. We then took SR44 to SR441 and then on to CR44. We turned on CR19 and rode through Umatila. We then took CR445 to CR445A to SR40, on to CR17 to CR308 and finally CR309 to Waleka where we stopped for lunch at Shrimps R US. This is quite a unique place with their main course shrimps, of course. It is now a beautiful day as we eat outside. The food was great. After lunch we continued CR309 to CR17 to CR20. We then took CR20A and back on to CR20. We did get some sprinkles but nothing to worry about. The temperature did reach a high of 82F. We then turned left on to US301and stopped for gas in Hawthorne. We continued on US301 and then took a couple of County Roads (forgot the number) and made our way to CR200 to SR41. We then zigzagged our way to the Ice Cream Doctor in Inverness. Following our ice cream break, we headed out on Apopka Avenue to Anna Jo Drive and then turned left on Pleasant Grove Road CR581. We then turned right on Lake Lindsey Road CR476 and then on to Citrus Way CR491. From there we took Fort Dade Avenue CR484 to SR50. We then returned to our respective homes via Mariner Boulevard, Shady Hill Road to Peace Road that becomes Denton Road and on to US19 south. It is still 70F on this beautiful evening. Our ride this evening was 325 miles . To view the photos click here.

Our Ride to Biff Burgers

February 15 - What a beautiful evening as eleven (11) Gators (George and Annie, Gordon, Ray, Earl and Maria, Greg, Neil and Barb, Jacques and Louise) gather at the Panera Bread south. At 4 pm and 80F, we headed out on Little Road and turned right on Trinity Boulevard and then left on CR611 (East Lake Road). A short while later, Russ joined the group and we rode across the Bayside Bridge and on to 49th Street to St. Petersburg where we stopped at Biff Burger. Allan, a friend of George and Annie from RTE66 joined our group for supper. There were a few bikes in the parking lots as vendors were setting up for the bike night. We had supper and walked around as more bikes were arriving. The food was pretty good especially their burgers. As we were finishing supper, Jean Ann and Pam arrived. After supper, we headed out west to the Gulf Boulevard and rode through Treasure Island, Madeira Beach and stopped down the Boulevard for ice cream. We then continued on the Gulf Boulevard through India Shores and Indian Rock and made out way to Clearwater. At some point, Allan, Earl and Maria left the group. The rest made their way to Alt-19 through Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and on to US19 to our respective homes. It was a great evening for a motorcycle ride. Our ride this evening was 105 miles To view the photos click here.

Breakfast at Nellies

February 13 - Even on this cold morning with the temperature at 43F, eighteen (18) Gators and friends (Gordon and Brenda and their friend Judy from ON, George and Annie, Janice, Pam, Neil, Bill from ME, Jeannine, Cheryl, John, Warren, Darlene, Jean Ann, Russ, Jacques and Louise) met at Nellie’s in Weeki Wachee for the regular Monday morning breakfast club. The original plan was to have breakfast at the Blue Moon Restaurant on Northcliffe but it has been closed for a while. After breakfast was the regular “quarter toss” game with the winner being Gordon. He took in $2.75. The sun was heating up the temperature as we stayed in the parking lot to chat. There was no ride after breakfast and the return ride home was nice at 55F. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day so Happy Valentine’s everyone. To view the photos click here.

The Touring Gators Ride to Gator Joe’s Bar and Grill

February 10 - George and Annie, Gordon and Brenda, Tom and Kayle, Greg and Jean Ann, Jacques met at the Panera Bread north in Spring Hill. It is a bit cool at 61F as we head out at 9 am on US19 north and turned right on CR476. We then turned left on CR439 and rode through Istachatta and then took CR39. We then turned on East Floral Park Drive to SR41 where we turned right. We then took CR39A and turned left on the Old Floral City Road and then on to SR44 east where we stopped for a break at a Hess Dunkin Donut Gas Station in Inverness. We then continued on SR44 east and took CR475 north and turned right on to CR466 east and rode through the Villages. This is quite an amazing retirement community with several golf courses and thousands of golf carts. The temperature is now 75F and sunny. We then turned right on SR441/27 and then left on Griffinview Drive where we had to make a U-turn and double back because the community we were supposed to ride through became a gated community and the gate was closed. We then headed back on Griffinview Drive and turned right on Grays Airport Road and then left on Marion County Road. We then took CR25 and made our way to Ocklawaha and stopped at Gator Joe’s for lunch. The temperature was beautiful so we had our lunch on the outside deck overlooking Lake Weir. After lunch Tom and Kayle left the group and returned to their home. The rest headed on CR464C and then on to CR314A and then on to south east 182nd Avenue Road and turned right on CR42. We then made our way to Eustis via CR450 and SR19 and stopped at the Douddlebug’s for ice cream. We walked to the City Park and took a group photo. We then headed out on SR19 south to SR441 and then turned left on CR19. We then made a right on CR48 and rode by the Yalaha Bakery but we didn’t stop. We continued on CR48 and in Okahumpka, we took CR470 to US301 and turned right on CR476 and stopped for a break at the Circle K in Nobleton. We continued on CR476 and turned left on SR41 and then right on Howell Avenue and then left on Yontz Road. We then took Cobb Road to CR484 (Fort Dade Avenue) to SR50. We then took Mariner Boulevard and returned to our respective homes. Our ride today was 240 miles. To view the photos click here.

The Touring Gators’ (FL1D2) Gathering

February 9 - Another great turn out at the gathering of Chapter FL1D2. More than thirty (30) participants gathered at the Golden Corral in Port Richey. Russ opened up the meeting by welcoming everyone and with the Pledge of Allegiance. There was also a moment of silence for our Troops. Cheryl indicated that there were two birthdays this month Judy Hughes and Carol Parzik. Happy Birthday to you… Jean Ann talked about the Chapter t-shirts. Peter and Linda indicated that they could provide Chapter t-shirts at a better price than before. They brought samples of different styles with them. Tom made a presentation of Rider Education that included a discussion of the CB radio – First aid kits and what should be in them (available from the American Red Cross) – Training in First Aid and CPR – Bikes and Trikes (February Wing World article) – Where trikes should be in group riding. Information was distributed and you can get a copy by clicking here. Kathy thanked the members of Chapter FL1D2 for their donation of $338 to the Shriner’s Hospital “In Memory of Ginny”. Neil went over the ride calendar for the rest of February and part of March. Pam gave us an update on Rich and he is doing better. His spirit is high and he really likes the new place. Ray asked everyone if they had turned in their tickets on the Goldwing draw for the Florida District Rally. Door prizes were drawn and the winners are: Louise, Barb and Tom. Gordon and Gary won the 50/50 in the amount of $20 and $17 respectively. The ride lotto winners were Russ and Linda who won $30.25 each. Congratulations to all the winners. The meeting was adjourned shortly thereafter. To view the photos click here.

Breakfast at the Broken Yolk

February 6 - Seventeen (17) Gators and friends (George and Annie, Neil and Barb, John, Warren, Bob, Bill (ME), Frenchie and Patsy, Tom and Kayle, Dave and Linda, Russ, Jacques and Louise) attended the regular Monday morning Breakfast Club at the Broken Yolk Restaurant in Holiday, FL. This restaurant provides a draw for a free breakfast if we have more than ten (10) people. The winner of the free breakfast was Frenchie. Also, we had the regular “quarter toss” game and the winner was Warren who took in $3.50. Congratulations to all the winners! It is going to be another hot and humid day with chances of rain this afternoon. There was no ride after breakfast. To view the photos click here.

Breakfast at the Cottee River Lion’s Club

February 5 - Well, this is not our normal Monday Breakfast Club, but it is the 1st Sunday of the month breakfast put on by the Cottee River Lion’s Club on Plathe Road. Participating were George and Annie, Tom and Kayle, Russ and Linda, Neil and Barb, Jim and his daughter Gayle, Earl and Maria, Dave and Linda, Greg, Jacques. The weather is perfect, the location is great and the group is outstanding. This is an “all you can eat” cooked (not buffet) breakfast for only $4. You place your order and by the time you get to your table, the server is behind you with your plate, excellent service. Following breakfast, Neil and Barb returned to their home and the rest went for a short ride. We headed out on Plathe and made our way to Tarpon Springs via the Trouble Creek Road and on to the Sponge Docks. What a beautiful day with the temperature already in the high 70s. We zigzagged our way through Tarpon Spring and around a lake that featured beautiful homes. Earl and Maria left the group to return to their home. We then made our way to the Tarpon Spring/Keystone Road and then on to Boy Scout Road. We then took Gunn Highway to Van Dyke Road to Dale Malby Boulevard. We then zigzagged our way to SR41 where we stopped for a break. We then took Sunset Lane to Livingston Avenue and made our way to SR54 and stopped for lunch at Cristos Restaurant in New Port Richey. The service was superb and the food was delicious. Now, as today is Super Bowl Sunday, this was the end of the ride and everyone returned to their respective homes. Another great day spent with our GWRRA friends. Our ride today was 90 miles. To view the photos click here.

Gators Visit the Manatees

February 4 - George and Annie, Gordon and Brenda, Tom and Kayle, Russ, Jim and Brenda, Jim and Kathy, Earl and Maria, Dave, Jacques met at the Panera Bread South at the intersection of SR54 and Little Road. At 9 am, six (6) bikes and one (1) trike with twelve (12) riders and co-riders (George and Annie, Gordon and Brenda, Jim and Brenda, Jim and Kathy, Earl and Maria, Dave, Jacques) headed out east on SR54 and turned right on Gunn Highway. We then turned left on Lutz Lake Fern Road and made our way to SR41 where we turned left. We then turned right on Newberger Road and then left on Livingston Avenue. The temperature is now in the mid-70s and sunny, what a beautiful day for a motorcycle ride. We then took County Line Road and turned right on Bruce B Downs Boulevard and turned left on Cross Creek Boulevard. We then made our way to Morris Bridge Road and turned left. We then turned right on Chancey Road and then left on US301. We continued on US301 south and turned left on McIntosh Road and stopped for a break at the MacDonald in East Tampa. We then continued on McIntosh Road and then on to the Martin Luther King Boulevard and then on Valrico Road and then on to the Lithia Pinecrest Road (CR640). We then took the Fishhawk Boulevard that became Boyette Road and then on to Simms Road that took us to SR41 (Tamiami Trail) where we turned on Big Bend Road and stopped at the Manatee Viewing Station. It is now in the low 80s, sunny and a beautiful day to visit with the Manatees. We spent about an hour walking around the center. We then headed out on Dickson Road and on to the Apollo Beach Boulevard and then on to SR41. We then took CR674 and turned left on CR39 and then right on to Lithia Pinecrest Road and stopped for lunch at Tim’s Café. Jim and Brenda returned to their home because of prior commitments. Gordon and Brenda also left the group after lunch to go visit with some friends in the area. We left Tim’s Café and headed out on Lithia Pinecrest Road (CR640) and made our way to CR37. We then took Old CR37 and took Pipkin Road and then meandered our way to Lakeland where Earl and Maria left the group to visit with relatives. We continued through Lakeland and made our way to Plant City where we stopped at Parkesdale Farms. The strawberries, the ice cream and the whip cream were delicious. The temperature is now 82F. We then headed out on SR92 and turned right on Branch Forbes Road that changed to Forbes Road. We then zigzagged our way to US301 to Zephyrhills. We then took Chancey Road to SR54 where Dave returned to his home. We continued on CR54 and then took CR579 to CR579A to CR577 to San Antonio where we took SR52 and returned to our respective homes. Our ride today was 237 miles. To view the photos click here.

Gator’s Exercise Lunch Ride

February 2 - George and Annie, Gordon and Brenda, Tom, Russ, Jacques and Louise met at the Panera Bread North in Spring Hill. The temperature is already in the low 70s. At 10 am, we headed out on US19 North and turned right on SR50. We then turned left on CR484 and turned left on Cobb and made our way to Yontz Road. We then made two (2) quick lefts on Howell Avenue and SR41. We headed North and turned right on CR476 (Lake Lindsey Road) and then turned left on CR439 through Istachatta and then CR439 became CR39. This is a very scenic road with numerous twistees. We made our way to the Bushnell Road where we turned left and then a short distance down the road turned right on the Old Floral City Road. We then stopped for a break at the BP Gas Station in Inverness. The temperature is now in the mid-70s and sunny. We then got on SR41 and stopped at the Wallace Brooks Park for the exercise part of the ride. This park is beautiful with paved walkways, dirt walkway and a boardwalk over water where we saw several turtles, alligators, fish and many other critters. After the walk, we made our way to SR41 and stopped at the Sabinas Diner in Hernando. Now, this is the lunch part of the ride. After lunch, we headed out on SR41 and turned left on the Nowell Bryant Highway (CR486) and then turned right on the Pine Ridge Boulevard where we saw the most beautiful homes. The then turned on to CR491 and made our way to SR44 where we then turned left on the Rock Crusher Road. We then turned left on the Homosassa Trail (CR490) and made our way to CR491 (South Lecanto Highway) and stopped for a break at a Race Track Gas Station at the SR50 Intersection. We then returned to our respective homes. Another beautiful ride with the temperature reaching a high of 82F. Our ride this evening was 145 miles. To view the photos click here.

Dinner Ride to the Riverside Grill

February 1 - Twelve (12) Gators (George and Annie, Gordon and Brenda, Ray and Janice, Dave and Linda, Russ and Linda, Jacques and Louise) gathered at the Panera Bread North in Spring Hill. The temperature is beautiful at 75F and sunny. At 4 p.m., we headed out north on US19 and turned right on SR50. We then meandered our way to Brooksville and then on to Lake Lindsey Road where we stopped at the Riverside Grill in Nobleton. Shortly after our arrival, Tom and Kayle joined the group. We then had our 50/50 draw with the winner being Louise again who took in $17.50. Congratulations Louise! After supper, we headed out on the Lake Lindsey Road east and turned right on US301 heading South. We then made our way to CR575 and took several county roads and ended up on Ayers Road. We then turned left on SR41 South and turned right on County Line Road. Ray and Janice headed to their home via Shaddy Hills Road. We continued on County Line Road and turned right on Cobblestone Road where Dave and Linda headed to their home via County Line and US19. The rest made our way to Spring Hill Drive and stopped at Papa Clyde’s Homemade Ice Cream in Spring Hill. What a beautiful afternoon for riding to supper and a superb evening returning and stopping for ice cream. Our ride this evening was 118 miles. To view the photos click here.

Breakfast at Susie Again

January 30 - It is a bit cool at 52F but sunny as twenty five (25) Gators and friends (Bill and Marina, Tom and Kayle, John, Bill (ME), Gordon and Brenda, Warren, Neil and Barb, Cheryl, Jeannine, Pam, Darlene, Dave and Linda, George and Annie, Frenchie and Patsy, Paul and Shirley, Janice, Jacques) gathered at Susie Again in Spring Hill. On the positive side, it will warm up. Following breakfast we had the “quarter toss” game and the winner was Tom, who took in $5.25. Congratulation Tom! There was no ride following breakfast but people stayed around to chat it up in the parking lot. Heading back to our home, the temperature was 66F. To view the photos click here.

Our Ride to the Big Top Flea Market

January 28 - Fourteen (14) Gators and friends (George and Annie, Tom and Kayle, Greg and Jean Ann, Barb and Neil, Gary and Kathy, Earl and Maria, Jacques and Louise) gathered at the Panera Bread South at the corner of SR54 and Little Road. It is a bit cooler this morning at 58F when shortly after 9 am, three (3) bikes, three (3) trikes and a Can-Am Spider headed out east of SR54. We then turned right on Collier Parkway/County Line Road and then turned right on Bruce B Down Boulevard. We then turned left on Cross Creek Boulevard and stopped at the BP Gas Station for a break. We then continued on Cross Creek Boulevard and turned left on Morris Bridge Road and another right on Chancey Road. We then turned right on US301 and made a left on McIntosh Road and on the Knights Griffin Road and made our way to US301 and turned right to Fowler Boulevard where we stopped at the Big Top Flea Market. After an hour and a half or so, we headed out on Fowler and then on to Morris Bridge Road and stopped for lunch at Bob Evans. After lunch, Gary and Kathy, Earl and Maria, Neil and Barb headed out to their respective homes. The rest headed out on Morris Bridge Road and meandered our way through Tampa where we ended up on Gunn Highway where Tom and Kayle returned to their home and the rest turned left on Tarpon Springs Road and then took a ride through the Brooker Creek County Preserve and then made our way to our respective homes via several County Roads, including Grand Boulevard and US19 north. Today was another great ride with friends with the temperature reaching a high of 74F. Our ride tonight was 127 miles. To view the photos click here.

Exercise/lunch ride

January 26 - Nine (9) Gators (George and Annie, Gordon and Brenda, John and Karen, Warren, Jacques and Louise) gathered at Panera Bread south for the beginning of the exercise/lunch ride. Tom joined the group until we headed out for the ride. It is another beautiful morning and the temperature is already 72F at 9:30 am. At 10 am, George and Annie led this group of Canadian bikers east on SR54. We then turned right on Collier/County Line Road and another right on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. We then took Cross Creek Boulevard and then on Morris Bridge Road where we stopped at the Branchton Park for the walking part of the exercise/lunch ride. It is now in the low 80s and sunny. Some went around the course twice for approximately 2 miles while others did it once and some even took it easy and did about ¾ of the course for about ¾ of a mile. Following the walk, we headed on Morris Bridge Road to Chancey and on to US301 where we stopped at Razzle’s Café in Zephyrhills. Now this is the eating part of the exercise/lunch ride. Following lunch, we headed out on US301 and turned right on CR54 and turned right on the Old Dade City Road. We then took CR35A the West Socrum Loop and then on to CR35. We then made our way on some pretty twisted roads to SR92 and to Plant City and YES, this time we stopped at Parkesdale Farms for dessert. You guessed it, strawberry shortcake. We then headed out on SR92 and turned right on McIntosh Road and another right on US301 and made our way to Zephyrhills and on to Chancey Road to SR54 where we stopped at the Honda Dealer in Wesley Chapel. We visited for a moment while George and Gordon had the recall on their bikes done. John and Karen and Warren headed out to their respective homes. As we were leaving, Tom arrived to drop off his bike to have work done on it. We then headed out on SR54 and turned right on the Old Pasco Road and then left on SR52 and returned to our respective homes. It was another beautiful day with the temperature reaching a high of 83F. Our ride tonight was 160 miles. To view the photos click here.

Ride to Papa Joe’s for supper

January 25 - Thirteen (13) Gators (Greg and Jean Ann, George and Annie, Gordon and Brenda, Dave and Linda, Tom, Neil and Barb, Jacques and Louise) gathered at Panera Bread north. It is a beautiful afternoon and the temperature is 85F. At 4 p.m., we headed across US19 and made our way to Elgin Boulevard and then on to Power Road (CR572). We continued to CR572 and turned left on Old Spring Lake Road and then on to Spring Lake Road where we stopped at Papa Joe’s. Jeannine, Cheryl and Darlene were waiting for us at the restaurant. Before supper, we had a 50/50 and the lucky winner was Louise who took in $20.00. Congratulation Louise! After supper, Dave and Linda, Neil and Barb, Tom returned to their respective homes. The rest headed out on Spring Lake Road and across SR50 to Mondon Hills Road and made our way to SR41 where we stopped at the Dairy Queen for ice cream. Cheryl, Jeannine and Darlene were also at the Dairy Queen. It was such a lovely night that we ate the ice cream outside on the patio. The temperature was still 72F. We then all headed out to our respective homes. Our ride tonight was 76 miles. To view the photos click here.

Breakfast at the Breakfast Club

January 23 - Twenty (22) Gators and friends (Greg and Jean Ann, Peter, George and Annie, Gordon and Brenda, Dave and Linda, Tom, Neil and Barb, Russ, Frenchie and Patsy, Cheryl, Jeannine, George, Warren, John, Jacques and Louise) gathered at the Breakfast Club Restaurant in New Port Richey for the Monday morning breakfast club. It is going to be another gorgeous day in Florida. Following breakfast was the customary “quarter toss” and the winner was Louise who took in $3.75. Congratulation Louise! There was no ride following breakfast but people stayed around chatting it up in the parking lot. To view the photos click here.

Our Ride to Linger Lodge

January 22 - Another beautiful day for a motorcycle ride with our GWRRA friends. Sixteen (16) Gators and friends (Peter and Linda, Ray and Janice, Greg and Jean Ann, George and Annie, Gordon and Brenda, Jim and Brenda, George, Warren, John, Jacques) gathered at Panera Bread South at the corner of Little Road and SR54. It is already 68F at 9 am as eight (8) bikes and two (2) trikes headed out east on SR54 and turned right on the Collier Parkway that changed to County Line Road. We then turned right on Bruce B Downs Blvd. (CR581) and then left on Cross Creek Boulevard. We then turned right on Morris Bridge Road (CR579) and then on to East Fowler Blvd. to Main Street. We then took Thonotosassa Road and turned right on McIntosh Road and stopped for a break at MacDonald. It is now in the mid70s and the ice coffee is pretty refreshing. We then continued McIntosh Road and then on to MLK Blvd to Vallicro Road. We then took Lumsden Road to Bell Shoals and then on to US301 where we stopped for a break at the C & A Country Store in Parrish. We then headed out on CR675 and then on to Rye Road to SR64. We then took the Lakewood Ranch Blvd. to SR70 and on to Braden Road and zigzagged our way to Linger Lodge in Bradenton where we stopped for lunch. This is a very unique restaurant. We had outside seating which was very nice. After lunch, Ray and Janice returned to their home and Gordon and Brenda left to visit with friends in the area. We headed out on the Linger Lodge Road and made our way to SR64 to US 301 and on to CR672 where we stopped for a break in Picnic. It is now 82F, sunny and very pleasant. We took a group photo at a picnic table in Picnic, FL. Isn’t that cool. We then headed out on CR39 to Trapnell Road and on to Plant City. No, we didn’t stop at Parkesdale Farms. We then took Turkey Creek Road to Thonotosassa Road to McIntosh Road and on to US301 to Zephyrhills. We turned right on the Chancey Boulevard. We then took CR579 to CR579A to CR577 to San Antonio where we took SR52 and returned to our respective homes. Another great day riding with with the Gators! Our ride today was 264 miles. To view the photos click here. To view the photos taken by Annie click here.

The Gators ride to Red’s Restaurant

January 20 - What a great turn out at Panera Bread in Spring Hill. Eight (8) bikes and four (4) trikes with twenty (20) riders and co-riders (Dave and Linda, Greg and Jean Ann, Gary and Kathy, George and Annie, Luis and Gloria, Luis Jr., Russ, Gordon, Tom, Neils and Barb, Earl and Maria, Jacques and Louise) headed out at 10 am and headed south on US19 and turned right on Aripeka Road (CR595) and then made a left on Shoal Line Road (CR597) through Weeki Wachee and then on to Cortez Boulevard. It is already 70F and will get warmer. We continued on SR50 and made a left on Cobb Road (CR485) and then made a right on Yontz Road (CR485A) and on to Howell Avenue and on to SR41 north. We continued on SR41 and made a left on Snow Memorial Highway (CR581) and then on to Stage Coach Trail (CR480) and back on SR41 north. We then stopped for a break in Floral City at the intersection of SR41 and Bushnell Road. We then took the Old Flora City Road and meandered our way through several back roads back to the Old Floral City Road and more zigzags to SR44 east where we made our way to CR200 and on to Red’s Restaurant where we stopped for lunch. It is very warm at 76F. George had made reservations so we walked right in. Following lunch, Earl and Maria headed back to the home and the rest continued on CR200 and turned on CR484 and on to Marion Oaks Boulevard and back on CR484. We then took CR475A to CR475 and stopped at the Russell Stover Chocolate Factory in Wildwood. Following a bit of shopping, Tom, Russ, Gary and Kathy, Luis and Gloria, Luis Jr., Dave and Linda headed out to their respective homes. The rest continued on SR44 where we turned left on CR470 to Lake Panasoffkee and on to CR475 to US301 and then turned right on CR476 to Nobellton where we stopped for an ice cream break at the River Oaks Landing. We then continued on CR476 west and turned right on SR41 south through Brooksville and on to County Line Road. Gordon, Jacques and Louise returned to their home via Shady Hills Road to Peace Road and on to Denton Road. George and Annie, Neil and Barb were going to stop and Greg and Jean’s home and then headed to visit with Rich. We all had a wonderful ride with the temperature reaching a high of 79F. Our ride today was 217 miles. To view the photos click here.

Breakfast at Ram's and Ride to Fort Lauderdale

January 16 – Day 1 Twenty-four (24) Gators and friends (George and Annie, Dave and Linda, Neil and Bard, John, Jeannine, Ray, Darlene, Cheryl, Gordon and Brenda, Frenchie and Patsy, Greg and Jean Ann, Tom and Kayle, Bill and Marina, Janice, Jacques and Louise) attended the Monday breakfast club at Ram’s in Hudson. The customary “quarter toss” games was won by Gordon who took in $3.75. Congratulations Gordon! Following breakfast five (5) bikes and two (2) trikes with fourteen riders and co-riders (George and Annie, Dave and Linda, Neil and Barb, Tom and Kayle, Gordon and Brenda, Greg and Jean Ann, Jacques and Louise) headed out on Little Road and turned left on SR52 and made our way to St .Leo where we stopped at a Chevron gas station for a break. The temperature has warmed up considerable that people were shedding clothes. We continued of SR52 and took 52A to US301 and turned left on SR98 through Lakeland and made our way to Bartow and stopped for lunch at Mikes. We then made our way to SR98 and on to SR60 east and on to US27 south to Sebring where we stopped for a break. The temperature is now in the mid-70s. We continue on US27 south and turn left on CR720 where we rode through numerous sugar cane fields. We got back on US27 south and stopped for a break at the MacDonald in Clewiston. We then continued on US27 south and turned left on SR818 east and made our way to Fort Lauderdale and stopped for the night at the Rodeway Inn. We had time for a quick “wobbly pop” before supper. We went for supper at the Sportzone 84 bar and grill, which is attached to the hotel. As it is getting pretty late, we returned to our respective rooms and called it a night. Our ride today was 288 miles. To view the photos click here.

January 17 – Day 2 What a beautiful day it is going to be. We have breakfast at the hotel and sat outside for a while to finish off our coffee. It is sunny and already in the low 70s. We headed out at 10 am using I95 north to West Palm Beach and made our way to a parking garage. We walked around visiting and window shopping in this beautiful area. The temperature is now 76F. After close to an hour, we headed out to USA1A south along the Atlantic Ocean. We rode through South Palm Beach and made our way to Boyton Beach where we had lunch at the Banana Boat. What a beautiful ride and seeing some of the most gorgeous landscaping, tree hedging and most stunning homes. We then continued along the Coastal Highway A1A and stopped in Boca Raton for a leisurely walk at the Gumbo Limbo Environmental Education Center. We then continued on A1A and made our way to Fort Lauderdale to the Jungle Queen. We parked the bikes and walked around this Marina full of these luxury yachts. We then got on the Jungle Queen River boat and made our way to the Jungle Queen Island through these Canals where we saw the most gorgeous homes and luxury yachts worth millions of dollars. We then arrived at the Jungle Queen Island where we had, as described by the Captain many times. “All-you-can-eat Barbecued ribs, barbecued chicken, barbecued beans, shrimps, sweet potato fries…” Then we had an outdoor show featuring a juggler who was very good. This was followed by a comedian who finished his show with a skit featuring an upcoming star “Jacques” as Bad Bob. This was pretty hilarious at least for those watching. We then got back on Boat and made our way to the dock. We then rode the short distance to the hotel where we sat by pool enjoying a “wobbly pop” and on such a beautiful evening. Our ride today was 105 miles. To view the photos click here.

January 18 – Day 3 Another beautiful morning in Fort Lauderdale. It is time to pack and get ready to leave. We have breakfast at the hotel, finish packing and gather at the side of the hotel. Shortly before 9 am, we head out of SR84 west and made our way to SR441 north. We then take SR882 that takes us back to SR441 and stop for a break and gas in Loxahatchee. It is now a very beautiful 74F. We then continue on SR441 north and take SR880 west and then on to SR80 west. We were following this canal where we saw several alligators. We then take CR717 north that takes us to CR715 north and back to SR441/15 north. We are now on SR98/441 north where we stop for lunch at Pogey’s in Okeechobee. At this point Tom and Kayle left the group and headed to their home. We then made a left on SR98 north and on to SR70 west and on to CR721 north and back on SR98 north. We then took Arbuckee Creek Road and on to CR17 north, where we rode through several Orange Groves. We then turned right on CR17A north, more orange groves, and then turned left on SR64 west and stopped for a break at a Shell Station in Avon Park. The temperature had reached a high of 81F. We were informed by those who have those fancy phones that it was raining along I4 and that we may get wet. So, we continued north on SR27 and made a right on SR98 north and as we were proceeding, the skies were getting darker and cloudier. We then made a left on CR17 south and a right on CR62 west in an attempt to avoid the rain but as we got on CR39, it started to rain. We stop along the road to put on our rain gear. We then proceeded on CR39 and stopped for gas at the Fort Lonesome Grocery store in Lithia. The rain is coming down pretty hard and the temperature has dropped to 64F. We continue on CR39 north and make our way through Plant City (no we didn’t stop for strawberry shortcakes) and make our way through Tampa. The traffic is very heady as it is now 5:30 pm. We finally got on SR41 north where Dave and Linda, Neil and Barb headed to their homes via SR54. We continued on SR41 north, the rain has stopped and make our way to SR52 where we turned left. Gordon and Brenda went to their home via Shady Hills Road. George and Annie, Greg and Jean Ann, Jacques and Louise continue west on SR52 and stopped for supper at Ron’s Barbecue. We then said our goodbyes and headed to our respective homes. We had a very enjoyable three (3) days on the road with our GWRRA friends. Our ride today was 340 miles. To view the photos click here.

To view more photos of our ride to Fort Lauderdale taken by Annie click here.

To view more photos and a couple of videos of our ride to Fort Lauderdale taken by Barb click here.

The Gators ride to the Parkesdale Farm in Plant City

January 13 – Twelve (12) Gators (George and Annie, Tom and Kayle, Gordon and Brenda, Earl and Maria, Dave, Russ, Jacques and Louise) met at the Panera Bread South at the corner of Little Road and SR54. At 10 am, six (6) bikes and one (1) trike headed out south on Little Road and turned right on Trinity Drive and then left on CR1. It is a bit cool at 54F and cloudy. We then turned left on Key Stone Road that changed to Tarpon Spring Road. We then got on Gunn Highway and on to Lutz Lake Fern and made our way to US41. We then took New Berger Road and turned left on Livingston and then right on East County Line Road (cr581). We then took the Bruce B. Brown Boulevard and zigzagged our way to Fletcher Avenue. We then took Fowler Avenue and made a left on US301 north and stopped for a break at the 301 Petro Mart. That is when we witnessed a take down by several Police cars and what appeared to be a stolen SUV. As we left the parking lot, we saw that the police officers had apprehended the person that they were chasing. This reminded us of an episode of Cops you see on TV Saturday nights. We continued on US301 north and turned right on Stacy Road and left on Knights Griffin Road. We then turned right on Keene Road and then left on Thonotosassa Road and the right on SR92 and stopped in Plant City at the Parkesdale Farm for their famous strawberry shortcakes. The temperature was 58F with a bit of sun. This is our first strawberry shortcake run and well worth the ride. We left the parking lot and turned right on SR92 and made a right on Thonotosassa Road and then turned right on Main street to Fowler Boulevard. We then made a left on US301 and then a right on Morrison Bridge Road. We turned right on Tampa Oaks Boulevard and right on Fletcher Boulevard and back on Morrison Bridge Road (CR579). In Zephyrhills, we took SR54, where Dave, Earl and Maria headed to their homes and the rest continued through Wesley Chapel and turned right on 41 north and another right to Ensemble Boulevard where we stopped to visit with Rich. We had a great visit, Rich is doing a lot better and with our prayers will soon recover and ride with us again. We left the center and made our way on SR41 north and turned left on SR52 where George and Annie, Gordon and Brenda took the Shady Hills Road to their respective homes. We continue to our home via SR52 and US19 north. Our ride today was 154 miles. To view the photos click here.

Classic Dream Car Museum in Mount Dora

January 12 – Seven (7) Gators (George and Annie, Tom, Russ, Dave, Gordon and Jacques) met at Panera Bread on US19 in Spring Hill. Our destination today is the Classic Dream Car Museum in Mount Dora. The temperature is already a very comfortable 62F. We headed on US19 north at 9 am and turned right on Xeham Road and made our way to the Sunshine Grove Road. We then turned right on CR476 through Nobelton and turned left on US301 and then right on EC476. We then took CR567 and on to CR48 and stopped for a break in Bushnell. It is now time to take out the liners as the temperature is now at 72F. We then continued on CR48 to CR475 north and then on to CR470 and back on CR48 to CR19 and into Mount Dora. We then turned right on Main Street along Lake Dora and meandered our way to Cody’s on 4th street where we stopped for lunch. After lunch, we rode a short distance to North Highland Street and stopped at the Classic Dream Car Museum. This is quite a unique place with all these classic cars, some for show and some for sale if you can afford it. We then meandered our way out of Mount Dora and on to CR448 and CR448A. We then took CR48 and in Astatula, we took CR561 to CR455 and the on to CR19 to Groveland. We then turned right on SR50 to Mascotte and turned left on to South Bay Lake Road to Sloans Ridge Road to Lee Road and back on SR50 and stopped for a break in Tarrytown. We then continued west on SR50 where Tom and Russ returned to their home via I75. We continued on SE50 to Brooksville where we took SR41 to Powell Road to Springhill where we took Mariner Boulevard. Dave stopped at George and Annie home and Gordon and Jacques returned to their homes via Shady Hills Drive to Peace Road and on to Denton and US19. Our ride today was 200 miles. To view the photos click here. To view more photos taken by Annie click here.

Chapter FL1-D2 Gather at the Golden Corral

January 11 – Forty-three (43) members and guests gathered at the Golden Corral in New Port Richey for the monthly gathering. It started off with the eating part at 6 pm and everyone seemed to enjoy the new and improved Golden Corral. The food was plentiful and delicious. The desserts were out of this world. Russ called the meeting to order at 7 pm, with the Pledge of Allegiance. He then asked Tom to make a presentation on Rider Education. The highlights of the discussion centered on the CB Radio. In particular, how to use it and when to use it especially when group riding for lead rider and the tail gunner. There was also a discussion involving the co-riders and their knowledge of locations of some of the controls of the bike. I.e. handle grips, clutch, throttle, front break, CB switch and the emergency switch. Also, it is very important to acknowledge the observation and contact of the co-rider while they are riding behind the rider. Finally, there was a discussion about first aid and CPR training, first aid kits and what do you do if you come upon an accident. An chronicle was circulated and to view a copy click here. Neil gave an update of upcoming rides and in particular the overnighter to Fort Lauderdale next week. Chapter hats are available at $10 each, see Russ. There was also a discussion about a date for the “snowbird” party at the end of March. More information will follow on this. There was also a discussion about Chapter shirts and there were several suggestions made. Jean Ann will contact the current providers and get a price list from them. There were four (4) door prizes and the winners are: Patsy, Greg, Chris and Lisa. The 50/50 in the amount of $25 each were con by Greg and Jeannine who donated the money back to the Chapter. The ride Lotto, in the amount of $30.50 each was won by Rich and Kayle. Congratulations to all the winners. The meeting was adjourned around 8:30 pm. To view the photos click here.

Breakfast at Susie Too

January 9 – Twenty-two (22) Gators and friends (Greg and Jean Ann, Russ, Dave and Linda, George and Annie, Tom and Kayle, Earl and Maria, Neil and Barb, Frenchie and Patsy, Jeannine, Darlene, John, Ray and Carol, Jacques and Louise) met at Susie Too in New Port Richey for the Monday morning breakfast. It was a beautiful day already at 66F at 9:30 am. Following breakfast was to customary “quarter toss” game where George he had it in the bag until Barn threw a leaner and took in the grand prize of $3.00. Congratulation Barb! People stayed around and chatted in the parking lot until after 11 am and then returned to the respective homes. After breakfast, Dave and Jacques went to Trikes by Design via US19 north, SR98 east, CR480 east and SR41 north. Then they went in search of a “flying field”, that was supposed to be along SR98 and a cement plant in Brooksville where they fly remote airplanes. We found the cement plant but did not find the “flying field”. We then returned to our homes via SR50 west and US19 south. Our ride today was 140 miles. To view the photos click here.

The Gators Ride to Monkey Island

January 8 – It was a bit chilly at 46F as we rode north on US19 to Panera Bread. Fourteen (14) Gators (George and Annie, Dave and Linda, Gary and Kathy, Greg and Jean Ann, Neil and Barb, Tom and Kayle, Jacques and Louise) gathered for the Chapter ride to Monkey Island. Five (5) bikes and two (2) trikes headed out at 9 am across US19 and made our way to Spring Hill Drive and then made a right on Cobblestone Drive and turned left on County Line Road. The temperature had warmed up considerably to 61F and it is sunny. There is not a cloud in the sky. It is going to be a wonderful day for a motorcycle ride with our GWRRA friends. We continued on County Line Road and turned left on SR41 north and then took Ayer Road and made our way to Spring Lake HWY where we stopped at the gas station at the Spring Lake Road and US50 intersection. We left the gas station and turned left on US50 and made a right on WPA road and made our way for our next break at a BP Station in Inverness. Now it is time to start shedding some clothes as it is now 75F. Everyone is getting hungry so we made our way through several County Roads to Homosassa and on to Monkey Island where we stopped at the Homosassa Riverside restaurant for lunch. Ray and Janice met us at the restaurant and had lunch with us. After lunch, Ray and Janice, Tom and Kayle headed to their respective homes via US19. The rest of the group went out to US19, where Dave and Linda headed also to their home via US19. The temperature is now a beautiful 79F and still sunny. What a gorgeous day. The rest of the group headed north on US19 and turned right on the Grover Cleveland Blvd. and then took CR491, to CR491A and then back on CR491. We then turned right on CR484 and stopped for a break at a gas station at the corner of CR484 and US50. Gary and Kathy headed out to their home. We then turned right on US50 west to Mariner Drive and stopped at Clyde’s Ice Cream. George and Annie stopped at their home off Mariner Drive and the rest made their way home via Mariner Drive to County Line Road to US19 south. Our ride today was 200 miles. To view the photos click here.

Breakfast at the Blue Water Bistro in Hudson

January 2 – Twenty five (25) Gators and friends (Dave and Linda, Jim and Brenda, Ray and Janice, Tom and Kayle, Russ, Frenchie and Patsy, Bill and Marina, George and Annie, Cheryl, Greg and Jean Ann, Pam and Floyd, Abby, Neil and Barb, Jacques and Louise) attended the Monday morning breakfast at the Blue Eater Bistro in Hudson. It was nice to see such a big group for the first event in 2012. The temperature was a bit on the cool side at 61F but the sun was shining. Following breakfast was the traditional “coin toss” gas and the first winner in 2012 was Kayle who took in $4.75. Congratulations Kayle! There was also a lot of chatting in the parking lot and after a while, Jim and Annie, Bill and Marina, Jacques and Louise went for a ride. The temperature was now very comfortable at 65F and still sunny. We headed out east on Hudson Blvd., and made our way through several back roads to Spring Lake Road and stopped for a break at the gas station at the intersection of US50. We then continue on US50 and made our way to Tavares through several back roads and stopped for lunch at Mary’s Kountry Kitchen. We then headed back with one stop for a break and ended on US50 and then on to Springhill where George and Annie went to their home an Bill and Marina, Jacques and Louise continued on Mariner Drive to County Line Road and then on to US19 to their respective homes. It has cooled down a bit to 57F. It was a great first ride for the beginning of the 2012 riding season. The ride today was 204 miles. To view the photos click here.