Monday, November 5, 2012

Enjoying Florida by Motorcycle

There is a lot more to Florida than beaches and big cities. We reconnected with our Florida motorcycle friends this week, and spent much of our time riding the back roads of central Florida.
Fran and Patti know so many places to ride, and always find an interesting place to have lunch.
Paul's Diner in Wauchula, is one such place.  Every meal starts with a big bowl of homemade soup.
Central Florida has miles of citrus groves, 
Several varieties of row crops - this field is sweet peppers.
And many cattle ranches.  On a tour of Babcock Ranch one year, we learned that there are more cattle in Florida than in Texas.
We interrupted breakfast for this flock of vultures on our ride Sunday.
We stopped for lunch at Solomon's Castle
where they have a great outdoor dining area and even live entertainment.
This is a very popular bike ride - our group was 8 bikes.
Here we are on the side of a country road taking a short break.
We hated to end our ride at lunch time, so the very hardiest riders continued from Solomon's Castle to Anne Marie Island.
The Lutheran Church on Anne Marie Island has a big Osprey nest on the top of the spire.
Pierre and Nicole
Real and Lisle
Bob and Rosemarie
Fran and Patti
Ron and Rosie
All made the whole trip - starting in Englewood, heading into the middle of the state to Solomon's Castle, back to Anne Marie Island, and then down Longboat Key to Sarasota.
It was a lovely day in Southwest Florida in November.