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Living in FLorida is Great!(31 posts)

Living in FLorida is Great!morey
Nov 13, 2001 5:27 AM
I was able to ride Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday(Veterans), it was wonderful. A little windy, but bright and Sunny. What a wonderful place!
Nov 13, 2001 5:56 AM
how many times did you almost get hit by a blue haired snowbird?
Nov 13, 2001 6:28 AM
I was almost hit once. The gentleman, which I rebuked soundly because he did not stop at a stop sign. This is our worst problem. Traffic and snowbirds.
Nov 13, 2001 7:14 AM
Where do you work on your climbing? :-)

Nov 13, 2001 8:08 AM
I ride around San Antonio and Mt. Dora which has Sugarloaf Mountain & thrill hill. These are very hilly areas.
St. PeteDog
Nov 13, 2001 8:15 AM
My parents live in St. Pete. I think the only hills there are bridges.

Next time I visit them I'll check out the rides around there. St. Pete is beach cruiser (or 3 wheeler) territory.

St. Petemorey
Nov 13, 2001 8:34 AM
I agree with you on St. Pete. I live directly across in Tampa. Riding around San Antonio and the Clermont (Mt. Dora area is great). They have what is called the Hilly 100 and the Horrible 100 which includes most of the major hills in Central Florida.
St. Petebikedodger
Nov 13, 2001 9:09 AM
I've only been to the eastern part of Florida and was firmly convinced that there are no hills of any kind in the state. How tall/steep are the hills around St. Pete and Tampa?

St. Petemorey
Nov 13, 2001 9:48 AM
St. Pete - zilch, Tampa - Zilch, San Antonio in Pasco County is great. Lake County(Mt.Dora, Clermont) Super.
And the highest point in Florida is. . .js5280
Nov 13, 2001 11:00 AM
The highest point in Florida is a nameless hill in Walton County and is only 345 feet above sea level.

Nov 13, 2001 11:23 AM
I looked it up on my 3D topo map program, and I couldn't even find any contour lines. Around here, the lines get so squished together that you start looking at the 1,000 foot lines. On the Florida maps, I couldn't even find the lines, they are so far apart.

I'll keep looking. :-)

Man-made hillsElefantino
Nov 13, 2001 2:47 PM
In Northeast Florida, we ride the bridges.
We don't race on hills, so training on them isn't as importantspookyload
Nov 13, 2001 8:15 AM
I too rode with a sleeveles jersey all weekend. Average weather was 75(Pensacola) and sunny. We do pay for our fall and winter riding by totally suffering in the summer. Riding isn't as efficient when it is 95 with 98% humidity.
Sounds just like our weekend.MB1
Nov 13, 2001 9:04 AM
However as we were watching the temps dip to 23F on our way to Gettysburg yesterday I was beginning to wonder if we brought enough layers.

The weather was great all weekend, almost no traffic all day and beautiful fall conditions. Have the maple trees begun to turn color in Florida yet?
Nope, but the hair color is turning greyer...spookyload
Nov 13, 2001 9:38 AM
and molson sales are up. My neighbors are back in town for the next four months too. People think the snowbird thing is a joke, but it is true my friend. Oh well, at least they brought me my years supply of maple syrup. Cheers
re: Living in FLorida is Great!maximum15
Nov 13, 2001 9:57 AM
I'm just south of you in the Sarasota / Bradenton area. The only hill I ever see is one on an out + back loop where there is an overpass over I75. That overpass is my only hill!. I have heard of the hilly 100 but never tried it -- I should load the bike up and give it a try.
Went for a ride right after Michelle went by. BOY, the wind was tough that day.
re: Living in FLorida is Great!morey
Nov 13, 2001 10:11 AM
You have got to try San Antonio or Mt. Dora. They are about 1 hr-11/2 from you. They are great rides. Mt. Dora Bicycle Festival is on the web. Great bunch of rides. The Horrible 100 is Nov 18th.
re: Living in FLorida is Great!cioccman
Nov 13, 2001 11:11 AM
With all due respect, it's all yours. I suppose we all think wherever we are at is the best. Else, why would we be there? I can't imagine a place better than where I'm at. If I could, I would certainly be there. Here's some food for comparison. I can play golf year around, ride year around and avoid every drop of rain quite easily. I water ski during the summers, snow ski during the winters. Some of the best skiing on the planet is 5 hours, decent skiing is 45 mins. Beach is 15 mins, used to be 30 seconds. :( Beautiful people are everywhere. Shorts are year around.

You talk about climbing? I roll from my doorstep, attack the "hill" in my backyard, 5000+ feet elevation at the first stop. My guess is total climbing due to the ups and downs is about 6500 feet, in approximately 12 miles to this point. We typically then head NE to continue the rolling climbing and do what is my guess about 8000 to 9000 feet of total climbing and finish it off with huge ripping descents.

Time for a nap.
re: Living in FLorida is Great!morey
Nov 13, 2001 11:18 AM
Where are you? It must be heaven.
re: Living in FLorida is Great!cioccman
Nov 13, 2001 11:26 AM
LOL Indeed, I do believe you are right. There is only place this could be.... SoCal. It's got plenty of detractors though, believe me. I always remind people that don't live here of those very detractors. There are just too many people, real estate is completely outrageous. I would prefer no one else move here from somewhere else.
re: Living in FLorida is Great!morey
Nov 13, 2001 11:35 AM
I have been to the San Diego area many times, I have heard that it is quite expensive to live. Is it true? That area, including Tuscon etc. are quite beautiful. I really like that area. Florida is suffering from too many people and cars. In fact, Florida has the highest death rate on bicycles in the U.S. I was hit by a truck in a hit-run in 1992. The rail-to-trails program is providing some comfort.
re: Living in FLorida is Great!cioccman
Nov 13, 2001 11:41 AM
Yes, outrageously expensive real estate, smog (though not as bad as it once was), traffic, too many people. That's about it. Tucson is only ok in my opinion, FAR better than Phoenix. I'm not a desert person. Grew up on the water teaching water skiing. I just can't be far away.

I haven't been to Miami or Orlando. I've got to get there to visit one day. Where you at? Mid-state? North? South? I've got friends in Gainesville.
re: Living in FLorida is Great!morey
Nov 13, 2001 12:17 PM
Miami is terrible, Orlando is ok, however Mt. Dora and Clermont are close to Orlando. I live in Tampa. Gainesville is really nice, I went to Med School there. It is really bike friendly, some nice places to ride.
re: Living in FLorida is Great!cioccman
Nov 13, 2001 12:22 PM
Terrible?? But I thought it's the hot and happenin' place to be down there!?!?!?!? Always (well within reason) been a Buc fan, and a McKay fan. RIP
Then we won't tell you about the west coast ;-) (nm)grzy
Nov 13, 2001 12:43 PM
Only Fond of So. FloridaBicycle Bill
Nov 13, 2001 4:01 PM
I live in the West Palm area, yeah the weather is nice and all but I wouldn't call it paradise. I get out to Cleremont whenever I can. Now Tuscon on the other hand I do love. My sister lives out there and I visit every spring, lots of great riding on and off the road, lots of climbing, great group rides-the shoot out on Sat. morning is a must do, the Wednsday morning ride from the clock tower is fun and the climb up Mt. Lemmon is great.
Living in FLorida is Great!JuniorRacerFL
Nov 13, 2001 4:21 PM
I live in Daytona Beach, there is a pretty good amount of people who ride here like Rob Kish. I just did his Spirit of cycling century sunday. Good time fun, lots of peeps showed up. i might do the hilly 100
Florida climbing.Ian
Nov 13, 2001 5:36 PM
I live in Orlando, about 30 minutes from Clermont, the best climbing in Florida. There is a 40 mile loop I do that has 2,340 feet of climbing! That is far from the flat roads that I know many of you picture. Our steepest hill hits a 14% grade.

There are a group of us that are working on a century with a mile of climbing.

And every Saturday and Sunday we have rides from Windermere that have 10-20 riders on Saturday and 35-100+ riders on Sunday.

Florida climbing.grzy
Nov 13, 2001 5:45 PM
Is that up someone's driveway on land fill? ;-)
Florida climbing.Ian
Nov 13, 2001 7:32 PM
Nah, all the landfills are in Miami. Disney doesn't like to have trash around.
Mickey Mousemickey-mac
Nov 13, 2001 9:13 PM
"Disney doesn't like to have trash around." Does that explain why the good people at Disney are itching to rid themselves of the Anaheim Angels?