Counting Down the Days…. Daytona & Panama Beach Trips

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 8.34.11 PMIn just a mere two weeks Bike Week will get underway in Daytona Beach, Florida.  While we have neither the time nor the inclination to be in Daytona for all 10 days of bike week, rest assured that we have firm plans to be there for at least a couple of days in between the day-long ride down and day-long ride back.

Of course, as I sit here near Atlanta, Georgia, where the temperature outside is headed down to 12°F tonight with a wind chill somewhere around zero, I’m reminded that last year’s ride down wasn’t exactly the escape to warmer weather that we’d envisioned all winter long.  In fact, it was about 33°F when we rolled out of the driveway on Blue and dropped into the upper 20’s as we rode between Atlanta and Macon, Georgia, and didn’t reach the 60’s until we were in Florida.

While we are more than prepared for making a cold ride again this year with our heated jackets, gloves, pants and insoles… it would sure be nice if Mother Nature would give us a few days of warm, sunny weather for our trip.  We’ll make the best of it and do our best to have at least as much of a good time as we did at last year’s Spring and Fall Bike Weeks in Daytona. You can find my 2014 Bike Week write-up HERE and the write-up of our return visit for Biketoberfest this past October HERE.   We’ll probably follow the same route down that we used in Fall, jumping off on A1A just south of Jacksonville so that we can enjoy the ocean view and stop at Finn’s Rooftop Bar in Flagler Beach on our way in to Ormond Beach and Daytona.

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Thunder_Beach_Motorcycle_Rally_logoWe’re also counting down the days until we head down to Panama City Beach in late April for what will be our 8th Thunder Beach rally along the Red Neck Rivera!

What’s somewhat interesting is that instead of having to call our condo complex of choice at PCB — Sterling Reef — to make a reservation, they actually called me today.  While the “deal” they offered wasn’t anything they won’t offer to anyone else (20% off), it was good enough for me to say “Book It Danno”.  So, we now have a place that is familiar to stay with easy access to just about everything via Alf Coleman Drive, never mind a great Gulf front view with the Pier at our doorstep.

We plan to make the most of the Spring edition of Thunder Beach as the Fall edition has continued to move later into the year week-by-week over the past three years and is now pegged to be the last weekend in October hence forth.  Not sure that’ll work for us given that Daytona’s Biketoberfest is the weekend before and, well, the weather along the panhandle can be pretty darn fickle that late in October.  So, we may end up only making the PCB trip one a year in late April / early May.  On the bright side, that may give us a good excuse just to make a trip down for a weekend when it’s not bike week so that Debbie can get maximum enjoyment from her time on the beach and we can truly kick back and see what life is like along the coast for the other 350 days a year.

Bottom Line: Long rides on the big bike and fun times with our “biker friends” are just around the corner!   Now, if we can just figure out how to find enough time to head down to Key West on Blue this year…. THAT would be awesome!

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About TG

I've been around a bit and done a few things, have a couple kids and a few grandkids. I tend to be curmudgeonly, matter-of-fact and not predisposed to self-serving chit-chat. Thankfully, my wife's as nice as can be otherwise we'd have no friends. My interests are somewhat eclectic, but whose aren't?
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