Our Motorbike Travel Log.

Our Motorbike Travel Log.
BELOW SEA LEVEL - Death Valley, Ca 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Ft Myers Beach loop

Not much riding as a pair since we landed in Fla. Yesterday I had to shame her into going and only promises of lunch and ice cream would get her away from the pool. OK maybe that's a little exaggeration, but we were due for a ride.

The day started out in Estero Fl and we headed south on the Tamiami Trail (SR 41). Stopped for some gas in Bonita Springs than headed west to the beach. Takes only about 15 minutes to get to the Gulf and we started north toward Ft. Myers Beach where we planned to have some lunch. The ride up was nice, past lovers key and through the area they were having the sand castle world championships. Small bridges and inlets left and right of the road. the houses here run the gamut from small tin shacks to beachfront mega houses. Money everywhere but the people seem too normal.

Finally after an hour or so we arrived in Ft Myers Beach. Pulled into a pay parking lot and took a walk toward the pier. We are in the slower time of the year here and I don't know what you would do if you lived here when it was busy. Total madhouse and gridlock.

We found our ice teas, seafood wrap, salmon salad, and sat on the boardwalk enjoying the sun. I'm not sure I'd come here for the day but I guess this is where most people are. Lots of food and t-shirt shops and the beach was nice. 

We head east up and over the bridge back to the mainland. Turn left and head towards Sanibel Island where we plan to watch the kite boarders do their thing. The wind was about 20kts out of the east and there were a few guys out. The bridge is $2 per bike or $6 for a car. We really had a nice time here. The place was at the south end of the island near the light house and you could see Ft Myers beach to points south. 

I guess the idea is to go to Key west sometime in the next year or so and take a Kite boarding lesson from a place called wwwthekitehouse.com. The cool thing is you can get the kite and board into a back pack, strap it to a bike and go anywhere. I would never be able to do that with all my windsurfing crap. So plans to transition to kite surfing is in the works.

Spent the rest of the day just napping on the beach. It's been great so far.

You might not think this rates as an adventure but for those of you that have driven in "Flatestan" you know every time you pull out of the drive on a bike it's an adventure.

We are making the best of things here hoping to find our fun on florida back roads.


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