this trip began as just running down to bike week in daytona. well after a couple of days i was wantin to ramble.so i packed up and left the moonshine c/g and headed north for ocean pond c/g in oceola national forest. this campground is about 45 miles west of jacksonville and i've been wantin to see ronnie van zants grave for a while so it was a perfect location for a day trip. after my jax run, i figured i'd head west. having never been in floridas panhandle,it seemed like the only thing to do.so after 3 nights at ocean pond, i moved on.headin west to perry fl. i got on u.s.98. wow what a ride. after passin through newport fl. 98 hugged the shoreline and what views i had. i love ridin right along the coast.followed 98 to 65 where i went north to wrights lake c/g in the apalachacola national forest. next day i got back on 98west. when i rolled into eastpoint fl. the air was thick with the smell of fresh oysters. oh man! as i eased through the town i could see why, this must be the oyster capitol of the world. everywhere were wholesale and retail seafood houses. oysters being the main seller.i crossed the bridge into apalachacola and i could not fight it any longer, i had to stop and get me a couple dozen. biggest and best i've ever had. so with a belly full, i left oysterland and continued west on 98. the ride was picture perfect,ocean views that stretched miles without human encroachment. mexico beach was great. minimal commercialism. then i came into panama city. whoa nelly! spring break,bumper to bumper traffic and drunk college girls. but it was strictly commercial. so i moved on, maintaining my course on 98. ft walton and destin's traffic didn't lighten up much, but once outa destin i got on the gulf island national seashore hiway. white sand everywhere. i'd never seen anything like it. it was like the outer banks of north carolina but with white sand. you ride this narrow strip of beach with the gulf of mexico on one side and pensecola bay on the other. very cool. this road ends at ft pickens where they had a few trees and 200 campsites. when i got there 199 campsites were occupied, and i got one under a tree. clean livin i guess. a couple nights here and head for home. another trip in the books.
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A good ride all! Dude, Appalachicola is the OYSTER CAPITAL! Also a great place to spend a day or two, with several historic bed & breakfast joints. Also check out the town of Carrabelle, just before Appalachicola. You are as bad as I am about posting up some pictures!
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM
went thru carrebelle, even stopped and made some pics. thats one thing i love bout ridin these old hiways. getting on a personal level with the places and people
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM