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Bikers and Bandits loop

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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 142.26 miles / 228.9 km
  • Ride Time: 1 day
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $10.81
  • State: Florida
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For whatever reason, I tend to relate lighthouses to pirates and this loop has two towers to see and lots of biker hangouts. So the name represents. The starting point of this loop is Ponce De Leon inlet lighthouse. At 175 feet, this is the tallest lighthouse in Florida and one of the tallest in the US. Cape Hatteras comes in first at 207. If you decide to make the climb, it can be challenging if you're out of shape. But the view at the top is well worth the effort. It will definitely cause you to slow down and enjoy the ride to come. As you leave the lighthouse, pay attention to your right. You should notice a parking lot with trees and outside sitting. This is Hidden Treasure rum bar. A place well worth visiting at some point. Great food(the gator is awesome) and great drinks, resonasbly priced.
From Ponce inlet, head up A1A towards St Augustine. This is the ocean cruising bikers come to experience. On the way you'll pass through some quaint little beach towns and ample pull off with access to the beach. If yard art is your cup of tea, there is no shortage of it on this stretch of the loop.
During our ride, we ran into rain and pulled over at the nearest place we could find, which happened to be a place called JTs. It turned out to be a seafood place. We grabbed a Ruben sandwich. It was perfect. Its another place worth making a trip to.
St Augustine is the oldest town in America. And the first lighthouse in the state was built here with its history going back to the 16th century. But after many repairs and updates, the original tower gave in to erosion and fell to the sea. Although, not before the tower standing today was erected. Supposedly, you can still see remnants of the old tower during low tide.
Although this tower isn't as tall as the one at Ponce inlet, I feel the view is much better.
From St Augustine, head out 207 towards Palatka. This is typical Florida riding. Straight and flat. But there is enough farmland and other sights to keep it interesting.
Just outside of Palatka, Hwy 17/100 will take you south and soon you'll see the Cheyenne Saloon. There is no mistaking this for anything but a biker bar. Our stop there wasn't during "normal biker hours", so it was slow. But the locals that were hanging out were friendly and talkative, giving us the visit of the place and sharing some hot peppers.
Just pass the saloon, sr 100 breaks off from 17. This road follows the outside boundary of Dunn's creek recreation area, giving you miles of tree lined riding with some water. I liked this part of the ride almost as much as A1A.
After FL 100 comes US 1 and the beginning of all of the famous biker hangouts. Destination Daytona has all of the food,drinks,bikes and parts, clothes and even tattoos in one spot. A must for every biker in the area at least once. After DD, you come up on all the famouse watering holes, from Iron Horse saloon to One horse saloon. And everything in between. Crossing main street bridge, you continue into biker territory. Boot hill saloon, bad boys, Dirty Harry's and my favorite, Froggys!. Along with Hot Leathers and American Bikers for the shoppers.
With everything from historical landmarks to common farmland. Salty sea views to fabulous forest cruising. Famouse biker watering holes to hole in the wall pubs and eateries. This loop offers a taste of all that bikers come to northern Florida for.

This is a motorcycle ride in the state of Florida. This motorcycle route has 9 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by klcook1024 in October. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by klcook1024

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Historic SitesBeachesOceanUrban/ResidentialParksForestRuralRiverFarm Land

Best Time to Go

Spring, Summer, Fall

Road Characteristics:

Straight RoadFlatLight TrafficSmoothAdequate Gas StationsAdequate

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