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North America » United States » Florida » Daytona Beach January 13th 2019

Our next odyssey, which is now in the final planning stage, will mark our 6th major journey in as many years. Although not our longest one in terms of duration, we'll be departing on April 16th for a 70-day-trip to Germany, Scandinavia, Prague, Munich and Paris. We'll even set our feet upon Russian soil during a brief stopover in St. Petersburg! Our journey will begin with 3 days in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, where I spent a year with the U.S. Army 50 years ago(!), in 1969-70; and then another year working as a civilian from 1974-75. We hope to take a Rhine River cruise during our short stay in Frankfurt, then we'll travel an hour or so south to reach Heidelberg for a 10-day stay in this famous university town with its medieval castle on the bank ... read more
Rhine River Valley

North America » United States » Florida » Daytona Beach February 22nd 2016

We have had a great week at Daytona. We were able to get in two really nice rides, one to Ocala National Forest and one to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Outside of Ocala, near The Villages, we looked at some property but we were not impressed. Neither of us care much for Central Florida. The wildlife refuge was really worth the trip. We took a long hike through the wetlands and saw gators, Manatees, wild hogs, armadillos, and many nesting birds throughout the refuge. It was miles and miles of open road through the coastal plains on a warm mid-70s afternoon. A good way to pass the time while we waited for race weekend. You can't talk about the races without mentioning the improvement done to the racetrack. They made a substantial investment in ... read more
Manatee coming up for a breather
Finally a real alligator and he was sleeping
The improvements to the racetrack are awesome

North America » United States » Florida » Daytona Beach February 14th 2016

First things first: I'm sorry I whined about the cold weather in Jax in my last post. You folks up north must be freezing your butts off this weekend while we languish in the relative warmth of mid-60's and contemplate our bike rides in between races for the week. Sure glad we are here. Yesterday we said goodbye to Jacksonville after a quick weekday ride to St. Augustine and moved the Roadancer show to Daytona Beach for Race Week. We are in a KOA about three miles from the track. While they pack'em in during race week and bike week it is understandable, this is their "Black Friday" month before the stifling summer heat and humidity starts and it's to nasty to even think about camping. For the most part everyone is here for the same ... read more
It's a little tight but there are good neighbors with bikes
Just can't get away from these Steelers Fans
Palm tree growing out of an Oak tree

North America » United States » Florida » Daytona Beach January 20th 2016

Daytona has not one, but one-and-a-half (count 'em) art museums! They're located within a stone's throw of one another on a 90-acre nature preserve that gives you the feeling you've stumbled upon civilization while trekking through the Amazon rain forest. I say "one-and-a-half art museums" because one of them, the Museum of Arts and Sciences (MOAS), is a mash up of art galleries, fossilized antiquities, a planetarium, and a one-of-a-kind repository for Coca Cola memorabilia donated by the Root family, the industrial clan responsible for the design and manufacture of the world's first Coke bottle, or at least the first one to take on the iconic shape we've all come to know and love. The year 2015 marked the 100th anniversary of its debut, and we were pleased to see it on display in the museum's ... read more
Museum of Arts and Sciences
Birthplace of the Coke Bottle
The first Coke bottle

North America » United States » Florida » Daytona Beach January 2nd 2016

Our first stop on downtown Daytona’s historic main drag, was the Dancing Avocado Kitchen, where both the fare and the décor hearken back to the 1960s. I ordered a toasted cheese and avocado sandwich with a side of shredded broccoli stems. Nancy treated herself to the sprouted lentil salad. Old street signs, bumper stickers, and posters festoon the walls of the Dancing Avocado. My fave? "Stop! Forrest! Stop!” (Think Forrest Gump, the movie). Curious about the ambiance of the place, I asked the waitress if it had been there since the '60s. “No,” she said, "We’ve only been in business 18 years." After lunch, we strolled two blocks south to the Halifax Historical Museum, located in what was once the old Merchant’s Bank Building. The building, which opened in 1911, is itself a piece ... read more
Halifax Historical Museum
Angell and Phelps Chocolate Factory
Brownie the Town Dog

North America » United States » Florida » Daytona Beach December 12th 2015

After a stroll on the beach and a soak in the hotel’s hot tub, we drove south on Atlantic Ave. to the historic lighthouse at Ponce De Leon Inlet. It stands straighter than an Alabama Republican on a ten-acre compound that includes nine other buildings that once housed the lighthouse keeper and his family, and a couple of assistant lighthouse keepers and theirs. The ancillary buildings now house a gift shop, a display of frail craft once used by Cubans fleeing the Castro regime, a display of lighthouse lamps, a small video theater, and a two-hole privy behind a locked glass door where the lighthouse keeper and his wife once sat side-by-side discussing matters of deep philosophical import. Construction on the lighthouse began in earnest after the chief engineer, one Orville Babcock, and three companions drowned ... read more
The entrance
Looking up from the entry
Sloping upward

North America » United States » Florida » Daytona Beach December 6th 2015

It's 10:15 by the time I enter the Daytona Beach Drive In Christian Church, where the gate attendant hands me a "communion set," and tells me to tune my radio to FM 88.5. The communion set, which according to the Church's online brochure has been "carefully prayed over and packaged by loving volunteers," consists of a small plastic cup of grape juice and a sliver of wafer. I find a place close to the front and tune to 88.5, listen to the choir, and take in my surroundings. Unlike the drive-in movie theaters of my youth, the grounds here are not covered in gravel or asphalt, but planted in a variety of Bermuda grass hearty enough to withstand being driven over and parked upon. Out in front of me is a yellow two story A-frame decorated ... read more
The view from my windshield
Coming Soon: Custom Car Service

North America » United States » Florida » Daytona Beach November 26th 2015

Think Daytona Beach and what comes to mind is the Daytona 500. That may be the city's signature event, but there's more to Daytona than a car race. In its long and storied history, the town has given the world such notables as Duane and Gregg Allman (the Allman Brothers), Jackie Robinson, and Denzel Washington. Cuban President Fulgencio Batista holed up there for 8 years before returning to Cuba to seize power in a 1952 coup. Ransom Eli Olds (Oldsmobile), and educator and civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune both called Daytona home; as did novelist Zora Neale Hurston, who lived and wrote in a houseboat on the Halifax River. Daytona is home to a number of highly regarded museums, and has a boardwalk and pier that rival those of Atlantic City. Six colleges and universities ... read more
View from Light House
Our Hotel
The Beach

North America » United States » Florida » Daytona Beach June 14th 2015

Bonjour à tous Ma route aujourd'hui c'est 180 km le long de la même plage. Côté température pas de changement 26° à 8h du matin, et 35 l'après midi. Un bout d'autoroute de 12 km , sur la quelle je suis pratiquement seul, m'emmène à Jacksonville Beach, et là je vais garder la A1A, qui s'appelle aussi la "Florida Scénic Road" jusqu'à Daytona. Même peut être jusqu'à Miami. Je traverse plusieurs de petites villes sans grand intérêt. Saint Augustine annonce "old Town" Veille ville. Je me répète mais nous n'avons pas les mêmes repères en ce qui concerne le vieux. Ici c'est une rue avec des maisons anciennes 50, 70ans, mais que des boutiques à touristes. Sur 180 km de côte je crois qu'il n'y pas eu plus de 10 km non urbanisés. Tout les goûts ... read more
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je roulr sur la plage
que de belles demeures

North America » United States » Florida » Daytona Beach January 24th 2015

Biking in Daytona Beach Florida (Circle Tour) Biked 3 times in 2015 Like many of the beaches on the Atlantic side of Florida, the sand at Daytona Beach is hard packed. The sand is almost like pavement. It is interesting to see large pickups and even bigger motor homes driving along the beach. There are many public access points in Daytona Beach and parking on the beach is free. Biking is best early in the morning. By late morning or afternoon there is usually a wind and it is great biking with the wind behind your back but a real challenge going against it. Also check for high and low tides. At high tides you can still bike along the beach but it is not as wide. I would suggest that you avoid the temptation to ... read more
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view from one of the bridges

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