Wildwood, Fla.-(12/2/2013)-Did you know that Florida has one of the largest chocolate reserves in the United States? It's the big Russell Stover warehouse and outlet store in Wildwood.
Tattoo Lady was craving some serious chocolate. Since we don't live near Hershey, we headed up to I-75 and S.R. 44 in Wildwood. Not only will you find the Stover complex, but some good discounts on chocolate and other sweets. We got a three pound box of chocolates for just ten bucks. It was the stuff not good enough for the fancy boxes in the retail stores.
The outlet store is as large as some grocery stores, but it's all candy. The warehouse is just next door in case they run short. Check it out.
We took a short drive from Wildwood over to Inverness for some lunch. We dropped by Stumpknockers on courthouse square. Good chow and cold beer.
The old courthouse is where part of the Elvis flick "Follow That Dream" was filmed. I once lived in Inverness while working as a reporter for the Citrus County Chronicle. The town has changed a lot over the years. Click Here To See The Photos
Lake Wales, Fla.-(11/28/2013)-Thanksgiving time is all about giving thanks. Be thankful for what you have and for good friends you can count on. One of those good friends is Will Randolph.
Will is a longtime friend and former riding partner of the late Lakeland biker legend Jack Trash. Will has relocated to a quiet lake within view of the famed Bok Tower in Lake Wales.
Lake Wales came to mind as I hooked up with more two-wheelers on Highway 60 in Valrico. We decided we'd head east and find some bar and grille called the "Cherry Pocket." We'd heard it had an outside bar with a view of Lake Pierce and some good chow.
We made a stop at a known biker trash hangout, but Fuzzy's wasn't open. I know, I'll call Will. Turns out that Will had just closed down Fuzzy's the night before and was slow to rise. Will was able to give us directions to the "Pocket."
We worked around one orange grove to another and then down another long road and we found the place. Will rode over on his Harley as I was into my first brew.
We had lunch, checked out the deck on the lake and then hopped on the bikes to find another place in the area. All the bikes fired up, except one. It was a dead soldier.
We tried every roadside trick we could muster. It was still a no-go. Will took his Harley home, got his pickup, tools and bike trailer.
We ended up loading the bike on the trailer. Will towed it back to Tampa with a full motorcycle escort. Thanks, Will. You are a true BRO. Click Here To See The Pics
Somewhere In Florida-(11/23/13)-Took a little journey to get away from the big city for a minute. I thought we would scout out a unique place to eat out while we were out and about.
We headed up into Eastern Pasco County. Nice rolling hills, backroads and something other than concrete and buildings. Check out Dade City. Nice town, friendly folks and some downtown shops.
We kept moving and ended up passing by St. Leo University. On the way, we hit some high roads where you can see for miles.
We decided to stop on the downtown square in San Antonio for lunch at a place called Pancho's Villa. What better place for a mexican retaurant than in a town named San Antonio. It is also the home of the annual Rattlesnake Festival.
The food was great and authentic. As soon as we hit the table the chips and salsa arrived. The beer was cold. Tattoo Lady had tamales. I opted for the burrriiittoooossss. I paid for the food, dropped a tip and left stuffed.