From the Beaches of Daytona to the Farmlands of Apopka Lake
Steak and lobster? Yes! Why choose when you know you’re thirsty for the best of both worlds, and this ride, my friends, gives you just that. Imagine starting your journey along the sun-drenched shores of Daytona Beach and making your way inland for those curvy country roads you crave. If there’s one thing we love about Florida, it’s the rich history this land has and everything you get to see on your cruise. That’s why we’re busting out our trusty Thirsty Biker apps to map out an epic adventure for you, taking you from the beach town of Daytona into the rural lands surrounding Apopka Lake. If you thought our last ride in Florida was sensational, just wait until you get to take in all the versatile sights you’re about to see in the latest installment of the Thirsty Biker Chronicles. So, saddle up, brothers and sisters, ‘cuz we’re discovering new and unique roads taking us from Daytona to Apopka Lake.
Must See Sights
Our ride begins just north of Daytona in Ormond Beach, which serves as the home for Tomoka State Park, dubbed a “bird watcher’s paradise” with over 160 species of birds sighted on the regular if you’re into that. Once you roll into Ormond Beach, you’re going to want to hit up the Broken Spoke Saloon, the “World’s Biggest Biker Bar” with sister locations in Laconia, NH and Sturgis, SD… yeah, that Sturgis. Talk shop with other bikers while you enjoy live music, cold beer, and a camaraderie that can’t be beaten. From there, jump back in the saddle and head to Cactus Jack’s in Salt Springs, the “Best Watering Hole in the Forest” for ice-cold beer and BBQ that’s worth the ride. Known for their chicken and yellow rice, 25-cent pool, and incredible atmosphere, you’ll feel right at home in the heart of the forest when you’re at Cactus Jack’s.
Finally, round out your trip at Porkie’s Original BBQ in Apopka Lake, serving up the best BBQ in the South. Owners Steve and Mike traveled to the BBQ capitals of the country, like those in Tennessee, Alabama, and the Carolinas, searching for the best recipes, finally creating their masterpiece dishes found here. When you want to fuel up for the ride home, do it at Porkie’s.
We start in Daytona, where we take in the ocean waves and beach vibes, heading up the coast on Rt. 1 to Ormond Beach for our first stop. In Bunnell, turn left onto SR 11 toward SR 40, then take a right onto SR 40 through Barberville and Astor. Cross the St. Johns River and keep heading west until you reach 445A, where you’ll take a left. This gently winding road will take you to SR 19, where you’ll take a left as you follow it until you reach 44. Head south to take 441S, then turn right onto Sadler Road. Make a left onto CR 448A to CR 48 and ride that until you reach Monteverde. Here you’ll want to take in the sights of Sugarloaf Mountain… some of Florida’s finest! If you want even more, follow this route to Winter Garden to soak in the views and stretch your legs before you head back home.
From lakeside views to gentle twists and turns along the way, the peaceful solitude of this area is hard to beat. If you’re ready for a ride to remember, hop on your bike, open up your Thirsty Biker app and let’s ride…