Daytona Beach, Fla.-(3/12/2017)-My old bike went back to Daytona. The old Harley I rode to Daytona forever returned to Bike Week with Number One Son in the saddle. It was odd riding alongside of the old Superglide.
That FXDX is almost 20 years-old, but it has undergone some fixes and changes since I gave it up. New Andrews gears replacing the old cam chains. A Thunder Header exhaust and a lot more cosmetic changes.
We headed up I-4 through Orlando and then on up to Daytona. I've gotta tell you that I-4 is a bumpy piece of crap until you get into Seminole County. Too much road work underway. I felt like I was on a bad Disney ride instead of a Harley.
First stop was the World Famous Cabbage Patch. It's kind of like a carnival for bikers. People selling everything for bikes and bikers, plenty of beer and food stands and live bands all day and night. I had my ceremonial first beer of Bike Week 2018 at the Patch. I think we spent most of the day there.
It was a cold day, but the riding was great. We cruised Daytona looking at all there is to see. We had to do it all in a short amount of time. My Bike Weeks have been more like Bike Weekends as I rarely get the entire week off from work.
We took the scenic way back. We headed west into the Ocala National Forest. We made another beer stop at Pirate's Pub in Paisley. It's a great stop out in the middle of nowhere.
Next it was down Florida 19 through Eustis and Tavares. We connected with highway 33 in Groveland. From there it was south to Lakeland then eventually back home. A good ride and a good time.
I've added some Photos for you to check out. All photos by Tattoo Lady, Sonny Boy and Gray Beard.