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Annual scenic drive...

Postby metrognome » Tue Feb 28, 2012 3:32 pm

Funny how each spring we do the scenic drive right as gas prices are spiraling up. It's now time to plan another one. I have had an idea for a Jacksonville-based route in mind for a while, but I wanted to see if a route that started in Jax and went further north would generate much interest. It's a bit far for some of you guys to drive 2 hours and then start the scenic drive. Let me hear your comments, questions or alternative suggestions.

I will say that the scenic drive is a lot of fun. Last year's was quite nice, and I was really sorry more people didn't show up. If you have any interest in this at all, let us know your thoughts.
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Re: Annual scenic drive...

Postby GB24Hours » Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:56 pm

Interested.
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Re: Annual scenic drive...

Postby TheDude » Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:07 am

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Re: Annual scenic drive...

Postby UTZMAN » Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:38 pm

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Re: Annual scenic drive...

Postby metrognome » Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:14 pm

Ok, for the four guys who actually give a hoot, how about this route? I've driven portions of this many times, and the whole darn thing is dripping with scenic-ness if you like marshes, fishing villages, leafy, canopied two-lane roads, bridges, bridges, bridges, etc. And there are a few twisties too, but you generally can't go fast since you're often behind a pickup towing a boat. I love this area and would be excited to share it with you guys. I was thinking of lunch somewhere in the little town of Fernandina (though I don't know where yet), and we could end up at Ft. Clinch, which is a civil war-era fort. Hang out there, take a few pics, let the kiddos run around, call it a day.

There are also some very nice historic and/or scenic areas of interest to stop at along the way, such as Big Talbot Island State Park or Kingsley Plantation.

I know that just the starting point is a long way from many of our members homes, so if other people have other ideas, bring them on.

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Re: Annual scenic drive...

Postby metrognome » Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:34 pm

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Re: Annual scenic drive...

Postby UTZMAN » Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:41 pm

Very nice drive, done it on my bike a bunch of times, just as thrilling in a four wheel SAAB. O'Kanes Irish Pub (they have non-alcoholic beverages) is a neat little place in old town Fernandina that I would suggest for lunch.
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Re: Annual scenic drive...

Postby metrognome » Fri Mar 09, 2012 10:26 pm

O'Kane's is as good as anything since I don't have much dining experience in Fernandina. Thanks for the suggestion, Bruce.
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Re: Annual scenic drive...

Postby metrognome » Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:20 pm

Ok, I'm thinking of doing this on Saturday, April 28. Can anyone make it for that day?
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Re: Annual scenic drive...

Postby GB24Hours » Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:32 pm

Seems like a good day to me.

I just hope I can be awake for it!
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Re: Annual scenic drive...

Postby metrognome » Fri Apr 06, 2012 8:14 am

Looks like it'll be two dudes and sons again, GB.
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Re: Annual scenic drive...

Postby metrognome » Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:15 pm

Does anyone object to starting this thing at my house? I live 5 minutes of of I-95 on the south side of Jax. I just figured it was easier than meeting at some other place. If no objections, I'll send out emails with details.
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Re: Annual scenic drive...

Postby Saabhelp » Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:58 am

I marked the calendar
Does that mean I have to clean the car?
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Re: Annual scenic drive...

Postby metrognome » Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:32 am

Yes!
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Re: Annual scenic drive...

Postby Saabhelp » Wed Apr 18, 2012 4:40 pm

Done, hope it lasts till them
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Re: Annual scenic drive...

Postby TheDude » Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:28 am

My car will be clean too. I'm going to try and time a t-storm this afternoon on my way home on I95. Always sparkly after a good downpour at 75mph!
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Re: Annual scenic drive...

Postby Saabhelp » Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:58 am

TheDude wrote:My car will be clean too. I'm going to try and time a t-storm this afternoon on my way home on I95. Always sparkly after a good downpour at 75mph!



Sparkly as in blue and red flashing reflections off the shiny dash and rear view mirrors?
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Re: Annual scenic drive...

Postby TheDude » Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:24 am

shhh, no bad karma...speed dependent on traffic conditions.
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Re: Annual scenic drive...

Postby Saabhelp » Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:07 pm

Did I get an e-mail on this?
If so I lost it
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Re: Annual scenic drive...

Postby metrognome » Fri Apr 27, 2012 10:55 pm

Hmm... it does appear I neglected to put the details on here. I did send it out in an email though:

Details:

Date: Saturday, April 28
Start: My House – 1906 Elaina Drive, Jacksonville, FL
Time: 10 a.m.
Finish: O’Kane’s Irish Pub, Fernandina Beach, FL - http://www.okanes.com/

The Route: http://g.co/maps/gtsvg

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