JACKSONVILLE TO TAMPA


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This ride is considered a longer ride because it is about 5.5 hours in duration not including stops along the way and is approximately 227 miles (365 km) in length. It's a pleasant cruise through quirky little burgs with light traffic and a ride through Florida's horse country.

From your starting point at the intersection of Edgewood Ave N and W Beaver St:

·         Head west on W Beaver St / US90 out of the city

·         At the town of Baldwin turn left onto US301 heading south

·         Cruise south in light traffic to Starke, then on through to Waldo and a string of quiet, sleepy small towns and staying southbound on US301

·         At 7220 NE Highway 301 in Orange Heights you pass Orange Cycle Parts, a shop that carries parts for all major brands of motorcycles

·         In Hawthorne at 5615 SE Highway 301 is a Love’s Travel Stop open 24/7 with gas, a store and a McDonalds restaurant

·         South of Citra US301 joins US441 heading south through horse country to Ocala

·         At 5331 N US Highway 441 you pass War Horse Harley-Davidson open 9am to 6pm

·         At 3920 N US441 / US301 S you find Indian Motorcycle of Ocala

·         At 1735 N Pine Ave / US301 S in Ocala is the 100 Proof Saloon

·         A left turn at State Road 40 / Silver Springs Blvd will take you to Silver Springs State Park, a tourist attraction which features glass bottom boat tours open 8am to sunset

·         Continuing south on S Pine Ave / US301 / US441 / US27, at Belleview US301 exits to the right

·         US301 turns left at Commercial St in Coleman and passes through Sumterville

·         In Bushnell US301 curves right then takes a left turn at N Main St

·         In Dade City US98 joins US301 S

·         At 12710 US301 in Dade City Bubbaque’s BBQ serves up Southern BBQ and beer

·         When US98 splits off left, continue south on US301

·         If you prefer Tex-Mex there is a Chili’s Bar and Grill at 7643 Gall Blvd / US301 in Zephyrhills

·         When you reach Tampa take the ramp for SR600 / US92W / E Hillsborough

·         Follow E Hillsborough to your destination at 4215 W Hillsborough, the Hooters restaurant

We hope you have a great Motorcycle Florida ride. You will find the state to be truly biker friendly. Please remember, if you drink, know your limit and stick to it. For traffic and construction info visit www.FL511.com. Thanks for visiting Motorcycling Florida. For map click here. For things to do in Jacksonville go here. For Tampa attractions go here.


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