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Very brief but incredibly awesome riding experience

In Florida the majority of the population is all huddled up next to our beaches,
it's very pretty but always busy and crowded, I live in a 3/4 million people metropolis.

Sometimes I feel the need to "get away from it all"
fifteen minutes south of me I cross the Sunshine Skyway bridge

and another 15 minute ride from there are some really neat and rural roads,

I'm talking about the real and mostly forgotten Florida where one lane roads snake around farms that grow tomatoes or strawberries and phosphate strip mines have left huge craters and deep scars upon the land,
it amazes me that in an hour I can go from where I live to a place that hasn't changed in the last hundred years.

Some of my favorite roads are the "canopy roads" where Live Oaks ans Spanish moss cover the roadway and almost block out the light.

It was on such a one lane canopy road where as I rode by a little creek
there of to my left there was a deer carcass and a large flock of Turkey vultures "dining"

The "stealth" of my LT startled them and they all flew up at once scattering in different directions,
some of them flew out in front of me, turned in the same direction and scattered of into the tree line,
this all happened really fast, I was cruising and daydreaming at around 40mph

one of the biggest birds continued to fly under the canopy of trees about two to three car lengths in front of me at right about head level,

I was thinking to myself, wow look at that wingspan that's a huge bird, really close
that's when I noticed the white tail feathers, finally it started to register,
vultures don't have white tail feathers,

gracefully the big bird veered of to the left after flying along in front of me for about a long city block,
that's when I finally saw his white head, long neck and hooked beak,
a majestic Bald Eagle.

Just awesome.........
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Re: Very brief but incredibly awesome riding experience

Wish I had a life like yours.

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Re: Very brief but incredibly awesome riding experience

This post is way better than the one by the other Hans

Haven't had a chance to run over the Sunshine Skyway bridge. Last time I was going to try there was a high wind advisory. That is a very pretty bridge.

Florida may not have a lot of twisties but it makes up for it (somewhat) with cool country roads.

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The sunshine skyway bridge photo just aches movement and dreamy faraway places. Well done and a good read.

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Re: Very brief but incredibly awesome riding experience

That's a nice read, Hans. As our temps up here drop below freezing every night (and snow is on the way), it's nice to think about warm and sunny places.

That middle photo reminds me of a Florida vacation many years ago. We were out exploring one day and came across Cross Creek. The roads in that area look like your photo. Thanks for the memory...

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That's an awesome experience Hans. The Eagle truly is a majestic animal. There was a pair of nesting Eagles very near my home at my previous location. It was almost a daily experience to see them riding a thermal and soaring overhead. I never got tired of standing in the back yard and watching them.
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Great pics and experience, thanks for sharing!

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Re: Very brief but incredibly awesome riding experience

Hans, Great pictures and ride report. I'm about 45 minutes north of the 'bridge" and never miss an opportunity to ride back from Naples and cross her, the long way! Just reading your report makes me want to wander out to the garage and fire up the bike.

Maybe this Sunday it's time to ride the back way down to Naples and visit with my sister for a few hours. She thinks the reason I ride is to see her.... ...... Been too long since I did a nice long ride. Sunday's looking pretty nice.

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Nice photo. It can be very therapeutic enjoying the view while crossing the Skyway by bike, car, or truck.
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