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Born To Ride Finz Rides

With my Good Friend Fran Haasch. Steve Finz

As the scenic ride consultant for Born To Ride magazine, I ride about 400 miles on my bike every weekend, and each month I contribute a scenic ride to the magazine. Sometimes they are destination rides, and sometimes they are just great scenic rides. My name is Steve Finzelber but go by Steve Finz. I have authored many scenic ride map books of Florida and the southeastern United States. The scenic rides are taken from some of the rides out of my books. The name Finz Finds Rides was born out of my mission to bring beautiful back road rides to as many people as possible. I was tired of riding in traffic and tired of doing the same rides over and over again. I decided to put together books of just the best motorcycle back roads and arrange them into organized start to finish rides that anyone could follow. It was real important that none of the rides contain freeways, congested roads, or dead ends. All of my rides had to have paved roads; no dirt or gravel roads were acceptable! For a ride to make it into one of my books it has to be scenic (not boring).

I try to incorporate as many canopy roads, twisties, and sweepers as possible. When not riding, I am out looking for more rides to put into the magazine and in my books. I can be found at bike events all over Florida—many of the events are Born To Ride events. The Finz Finds Rides tent can usually be found not too far away from the Born To Ride van! I hope you enjoy the following collection of rides that have appeared over the years in Born To Ride. Several biker magazines approached me to showcase my rides, but I chose to be affiliated with the best biker magazine out there, Born To Ride. Don’t forget to look for a Finz Find every month in Born To Ride, and I hope you check out my website at www. finzfinds.com. Stay in the wind, Steve Finz

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Born To Ride Finz Rides For some reason every time I hear the Talking Heads song Road to Nowhere I think of riding a motorcycle, jumping on the scoot with the intention exploring new roads or scenery. Here’s a suggestion for an exploration ride, the Green Swamp Preserve. The Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve is located in the four-corner area of Lake, Pasco, Polk, and Sumter counties. How you get there is up to you. What does matter is you realize this is an exploration ride, so don’t be afraid to go left when the directions tell you to go right. Don’t take the following directions too literal—think of them as reference points to your road to nowhere. 1. I-75N exit 266 for 582A (0.5) 2. Left onto CR-579/CR-582A (12.3 mi) 3. Right Chancey Rd (8.9 mi) 4. Right CR-54 (4.4 mi) 5. Right FL-35 S/FL-700 E/US-98 S (0.2 mi) 6. Quick 1st Right Old Dade City Rd (7.4 mi) 7. Left Rockridge Rd (stay left) (13.4 mi) 8. Continue onto Greenpond Rd (4.0 mi) 9. Left FL-33 N (10.1 mi) 10. Left Lake Erie Rd (5.0 mi) 11. Right on CR-565/South Bay Lake Rd (5.5 mi) 12. Left Sloans Ridge Rd (3.8 mi) 13. Left FL-50 W (1.5 mi) 14. Left CR-773 (0.2 mi) 15. Right CR-772 (3.9 mi) 16. Right at Church (151ft) 17. Left FL-50 W (9.6 mi) 18. Left Burwell Rd (4.3 mi) 19. Continue on CR-575/Trilby Rd (3.6mi) 20. Right Ramsey Rd (1.0 mi) 21. Right CR-578/St Joe Rd (0.8 mi) 22. 1st Left Happy Hill Rd (2.1 mi) 23. Continue onto Prospect Rd (2.2 mi) 24. Left CR-579/Handcart Rd (4.5 mi) 25. Right CR-579/Eiland Blvd (15.3 mi) 26. Turn left to merge onto I-75 S Total Distance 132 mi Total Time 3 hr 40 min BTR 4 |

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Born To Ride Finz Finds Rides (Longboat Key -Anna Maria Holmes Beach -Cortez Ride) From 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34236 1. Left Bayfront Dr (0.3 mi) 2. Left N Gulfstream Ave (0.2 m) 3. Continue on Ringling Causeway (1.5 m) 4. Continue on Ringling Blvd (0.6 mi) 5. 1st Right at circle, Blvd Of Presidents (1.3 mi) 6. Continue on Gulf of Mexico Dr (14.1 mi) (Straight through circle) 7. Left Manatee Ave (0.2 mi) 8. 2nd right onto Gulf Dr (0.7 mi) 9. Slight right onto Marina Dr (0.7 mi) 10. Continue onto Palm Dr (0.7 mi) 11. Continue onto Gulf Dr ( 0.9 mi) becomes Coconut Dr (0.1 mi) 12. Left N Shore Dr (continue past Bay Blvd at stop sign) (1.2 mi) 13. Left N Bay Blvd to end ( 1.1 mi) 14. Head back on S Bay Blvd (0.8 mi) 15. Left Pine Ave (at stop sign) ( 0.5 mi) 16. Left Gulf Dr/Palm Dr/Marina Dr (2.1 mi) 17. Left Gulf Dr (at stop light) (0.7 mi) 18. Left FL-64 (4.6 mi) 19. Right 75th St W (2.3 mi) 20. Right Cortez Rd W (4.0 mi) 21. Left Gulf Dr N (13.3 mi) (Straight through first circle) 22. At St. Armands circle, exit to 789 South (0.7 mi) 23. Continue on Ringling Causeway (1.7 mi) 24. Right Bayfront Dr (0.3 mi) End Anna Maria, FL Total Distance 54.8 mi Total Time 1 hr 42 min BTR 8 |

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Anna Maria Ride

For more info on maps and rides or to buy Finz Finds Scenic Rides book go to http://www.finzfinds.com

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11. Continue onto Singletary Rd (5.6 mi) 12. Left (at stop sign) still Singletary Rd (1.5 mi) 13. Left Verna (1.0 mi) 14. Right Fruitville Rd (12.0 mi) 15. Right Honore Ave (3.3 mi) 16. Left Desoto Rd (0.5 mi) 17. 2nd Stop - Community Haven (on right) 18. Straight on Harold Ave (0.5 mi) 19. Right 47th St (0.8 mi) 20. Left Hauri Rd (0.2 mi) 21. Right 42nd St (0.5 mi) 22. Becomes Mink Rd (0.5 mi) 23. Right Gocio Rd (0.8 mi) 24. Left N Lockwood Ridge Rd (1.8 mi) 25. Right Fruitville Rd (1.6 mi)

26. Left N Washington Blvd (0.6 mi) 27. Left Oak St (308 ft) 28. Right Payne Pkwy (387 ft) 29. 3rd Stop - Sarasota Ford (giant flag) 30. Exit Sarasota Ford on Payne Pkwy (387 ft) 31. Left Oak St (308 ft) 32. Left N Washington Blvd (0.1 mi) 33. Right 41 N (1.0 mi) 34. Left Ringling Blvd To O’Leary’s for parking (Security will be at the reserved parking lot until 6 pm). After Parking, Pull Your Final Card, And Turn All Winning Coupons In At The FINZ FINDS / BORN TO RIDE Area On Main St. Total Distance 64.4 mi Total Time 2 hr

For more info on maps and rides or to buy Finz Finds Scenic Rides book go to http://www.finzfinds.com


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14. Continue on 12th St W (240 ft) 15. Right 4th Ave W (at stop sign) (0.1 mi) 16. Right 9th St W (at stop sign) (0.2 mi) 17. Left SR-64(6th Ave W) (0.5 mi) 18. Right US-301 S (stay left) (8.9 mi) 19. Left Desoto Rd (Cross N Lockwood Ridge Rd) (1.6 mi) 20. Continue on Destoto Rd/Longwood Run Blvd (2.0 mi) 21. Right University Pkwy (0.9 mi) 22. Right N Honore Ave (0.5 mi) 23. Right Desoto Rd (0.5 mi) 24. 2nd Stop - Community Haven (on right) 25. Straight on Harold Ave (0.5 mi) 26. Right 47th St (0.8 mi) 27. Left Hauri Rd (0.2 mi) 28. Right 42nd St (0.5 mi) 29. Becomes Mink Rd (0.5 mi) 30. Right Gocio Rd (0.8 mi)

31. Left N Lockwood Ridge Rd (1.8 mi) 32. Right Fruitville Rd (1.6 mi) 33. Left N Washington Blvd (0.6 mi) 34. Left Oak St (308 ft) 35. Right Payne Pkwy (387 ft) 36. 3rd Stop - Sarasota Ford (giant flag) 37. Exit Sarasota Ford on Payne Pkwy (387 ft) 38. Left Oak St (308 ft) 39. Left N Washington Blvd (0.1 mi) 40. Right 41 N (1.0 mi) 41. Left Ringling Blvd To O’Leary’s for parking (Security will be at the reserved parking lot until 6 pm). After Parking, Pull Your Final Card, And Turn All Winning Coupons In At The FINZ FINDS / BORN TO RIDE Area On Main St. Total Distance 52.7 mi Total Time 1 hr 51 min

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Born To Ride Finz Finds Rides Open Road Arcadia Ride Starts at The Open Road Bar & Grill

From The Open Road Bar & Grill 4313 NW Hwy 70 Arcadia, FL 34266

1. East on FL-70 E (1.4 mi) 2. Left CR-661 (5.1 m) 3. Right 104th St/Brownville Rd (4.2 m) (nice free Brownville park 3 mi on right) 4. Left US-17 N (8.1 mi) 5. Right Sweetwater Rd (5.9 mi) 6. Right Crewsville Rd (0.5 mi) 7. Left to stay on Crewsville Rd (8.8 mi) (Cross FL66) 8. Continue onto Parnell Rd (10.8 mi) 9. Left FL-64 W (17.6 mi) 10. Left Murphy Rd (4.0 mi) 11. Right Everett Whidden Rd (0.3 mi) 12. 1st Left onto Murphy Rd (5.2 mi) 13. Left CR-663 (2.1 mi) 14. Continue onto CR-661 (7.7 mi) 15. Right FL-70 E (1.4 mi) End back at The Open Road Total Distance 82.9 mi Total Time 2 hr 6 min

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The Open Road - Arcadia Ride

For more info on maps and rides or to buy Finz Finds Scenic Rides book go to http://www.finzfinds.com

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Born To Ride Finz Finds Rides Starting at Dirty Harry’s 705 Main St. Daytona Beach, FL 32118 386-252-9877 1. Head north on A1A N/Ocean Shore Blvd (8.8 mi) 2. Left High Bridge Rd (2.0 mi) 3. Left Walter Boardman Ln (1.2 mi) 4. Right Old Dixie Hwy (3.6 mi) 5. Left FL-5 S/U.S. 1 S (12.1 mi) 6. Left W Granada Blvd (0.4 mi) 7. Left N Beach (4.8 mi) 8. Continue onto Old Dixie Hwy (5.2 mi) 9. Right Walter Boardman Ln (1.2 mi) 10. Right High Bridge Rd (1.8 mi) 11. Right John Anderson Dr (8.8 mi) 12. End at W Granada Blvd Total Distance 50 mi Total Time 1hr 24 min

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Daytona Loop Ride

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Born To Ride Finz Finds Rides The Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina

(Includes Ft. Myers Beach / Bonita Beach / Ft. Myers Shores / Buckingham) The ride starts at the beautiful Pink Shell Resort. It continues along the coast to Bonita Springs, and winds inland, up through the nice back roads of Buckingham and Ft. Myers Shores. You will pass by the famous Alva Diner. A popular biker hangout. The ride continues on N River Rd, hugging the Caloosahatchee River. Passing through Ft. Myers Shores, and crossing over the river, you head back to the Pink Shell resort, located on Ft. Myers Beach. 1. Head South on Estero Blvd (0.8 mi) 2. Right Center St to stay on Estero Blvd (12.1 mi) 3. Continue right on CR-865/Bonita Beach Rd (5.1 mi) 4. Left Imperial Pkwy/Three Oaks Pkwy (12.6 mi) 5. Right Alico Rd (1.1 mi) 6. Left Ben Hill Griffin Pkwy/Treeline Ave S (3.8 mi) 7. Right Daniels Pkwy (2.4 mi) BTR 16 |

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8. Left Gateway Blvd (3.9 mi) 9. Left FL-82 W (1.8 mi) 10. Right Buckingham Rd (9.6 mi) 11. Right SR-80 E (6.9 mi) 12. Left Broadway St (0.5 mi) 13. Left FL-78 W/Bay St/N River Rd (10.2 mi) 14. Left SR-31 (1.3 mi) 15. Right Bayshore Rd (9.7 mi) 16. Left US-41 (3.4 mi) 17. Right FL-867 S (10.0 mi) 18. Continue straight onto FL-865/San Carlos Blvd (4.6 mi) 19. Right Fifth St/Estero Blvd (0.8 mi) (100 mi - 2 hr 39 min) End at Pink Shell Resort


The Pink Shell Ride

Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina - 1-866-627-9351 - www.PinkShell.com

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Born To Ride Finz Finds Rides Starts from 2 Wheel Rental 16385 San Carlos Blvd #3 Fort Myers, FL 33908

Head north on San Carlos Blvd toward Derwent Blvd (0.9 mi) Continue onto FL-867 N/McGregor Blvd (3.6 mi) Turn left onto Cape Coral Bridge Rd (0.3 mi) Take the ramp onto Cape Coral Bridge Rd (1.2 mi) (Toll road) Continue onto Cape Coral Pkwy E (0.6 mi) (Partial toll road) Continue straight to stay on Cape Coral Pkwy E (4.6 mi) Turn right onto Agualinda Blvd (0.7 mi) Turn left onto Beach Pkwy W (1.3 mi) Turn right onto Surfside Blvd (2.8 mi) Turn left onto Veterans Memorial Pkwy (2.8 mi) Turn left onto County Rd 78 W/SW Pine Island Rd (5.5 mi) Turn right onto County Rd 767/Pine Island Blvd/ Stringfellow Rd (6.7 mi) TO THE END OF PINE ISLAND

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For more info on maps and rides or to buy Finz Finds Scenic Rides book go to http://www.finzfinds.com


Pine Island Ride


Angel City, Copperhead Lodge Thunder Beach Born To Ride Finz Finds Rides (643 Miles - 12 Hours 19 Minutes)

This is a self-guided ride, so travel at your own pace. These routes were chosen to avoid highways and offer a more scenic way of getting to your destination. Starting at Angel City 775 Bembry Road Unadilla, GA http://angelcitymotorcyclerally.com/ (235 miles – about 4 hours 50 minutes) Head northeast on Bembry Road (0.4 miles) Bembry Road turns left and becomes Josh Road (0.3 miles) Turn right onto Jeanette Drive (0.5 miles) Turn right onto GA 230 East (0.9 miles) Turn left onto GA 7 North/U.S. 41 North/Pine Street (14.4 miles) Sharp right onto U.S. 41 North/Marshallville Road (0.3 miles) (Signs for Georgia 7/Georgia 224/Georgia 127) Turn left onto Courtney Hodges Boulevard (1.1 miles) Continue onto Commerce Street (0.5 miles) Turn left onto GA 11 North/U.S. 41 North/Macon Road (15.8 miles) Turn left onto GA 11/Houston Road (7.0 miles) Slight right onto Broadway/Houston Road (3.8 miles) Continue onto Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard (1.7 miles) Continue onto Coliseum Drive (0.6 miles) Turn left onto GA 11 North/GA 19 North/U.S. 129 ALT/U.S. 23 North (0.3 miles) Turn right onto GA 22 East/2nd Street (13.1 miles) Turn left onto GA 44 East/U.S. 129 North (22.9 mi) Turn left onto U.S. 129 North/U.S. 441 North/West Bypass (22.9 miles) Turn right onto GA 24 Bypass East/U.S. 129 BYP North/U.S. 441 BYP North/Madison Bypass (4.2 miles) BTR 20 |

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Continue onto Georgia 24 North/U.S. 129 North/U.S. 441 North (22.1 miles) Turn right onto White Oak Road (0.2 miles) White Oak Rd turns slightly left and becomes Macon Highway (1.7 miles) Turn left onto South Milledge Avenue (0.6 miles) Turn right onto East Campus Road (1.9 miles) Continue onto South Thomas Street (0.7 miles) Continue onto North Avenue (0.3 miles) Turn left onto Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway (0.2 miles) Continue onto Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway (0.8 miles) Continue onto GA 15 North/U.S. 441 North/Commerce Road (39.9 miles) Turn left onto Willingham Avenue (1.6 miles) Turn right onto Duncan Bridge Road (9.0 miles) Turn left onto GA 115 South (6.1 miles) Turn right onto Courthouse Square (269 feet) Courthouse Square turns slightly right and becomes GA 11 North/ U.S. 129 North/North Main Street (30.5 miles) Continue straight onto Cleveland Street (0.6 miles) At the traffic circle, take the 4th exit onto Blue Ridge Street (0.5 miles) Turn right onto Murphy Highway (427 feet) Turn left onto GA 2 West/GA 515 West/U.S. 76 West (7.0 miles) Turn left onto Nottely Dam Road (0.9 miles) Copperhead Lodge will be on your right Copperhead Lodge 171 Copperhead Parkway Blairsville, GA 30512 www.thelodgeatcopperhead.com (407 miles – about 7 hours 29 minutes)


Head northeast on Nottely Dam Rd (0.9 miles) Turn left onto GA 515 West/State Route 515/U.S. 76 West (43.6 miles) Turn right toward GA 136 West (0.2 miles) Slight right toward GA 136 West (217 feet) Slight right onto GA 136 West (2.3 miles) Slight left onto GA 136 Connector South (2.7 miles) Turn right onto GA 53 West (9.0 miles) Turn left onto GA 61 South/Salacoa Avenue (20.9 miles) Turn right onto East Main Street (0.4 miles) Turn left onto Etowah Drive (0.2 miles) Turn right onto GA 113 South/West Avenue (17.8 miles) Turn left onto GA 101 South/GA 6 East/U.S. 278 East (3.7 miles) Turn right onto GA 101 South (16.8 miles) Turn right onto GA 101 South/Industrial Boulevard (2.2 miles) Continue onto GA 61 (8.5 miles) Continue onto GA 166 West (2.9 miles) Turn left to stay on GA 166 West (3.4 miles) Take the U.S. 27/GA 16 ramp to Carrollton/ Lagrange (0.2 miles) Turn left onto GA 1 South/GA 16 East/U.S. 27 South/South Park Street (40.6 miles) Continue straight onto GA 219 South/Whitesville Street (15.8 miles) Turn right to stay on GA 219 South (24.6 miles) Slight right onto Veterans Parkway (1.9 miles) Turn right onto 13th Street (0.6 miles) Continue onto 13th Street (0.2 miles) Turn left onto Broad Street (0.6 miles) Keep right to continue on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway North (3.6 miles) Continue onto AL-1 South/U.S. 431 South (91.6 miles) Continue straight onto Reeves Street (1.3 miles) Turn left onto AL-1 South/AL-53 South/AL53 BUS South/U.S. 231 BUS South/U.S. 431 BUS South (16.6 miles) Continue onto FL 75 South/U.S. 231 South (64.0 miles) Slight right onto FL 368 West/East 23rd Street (5.4 miles) Turn right onto FL 30 West/FL-30A West/U.S. 98 West (2.3 miles) Slight left onto FL 30 West/Front Beach Road (2.6 miles) End at Thunder Beach, Panama City Beach Florida

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Born To Ride Finz Finds Rides Scenic Ride - North .

(TO DOC’S FROM THE NORTH)

1. Head south on US-301 2. Right onto FL-50 W/Cortez Blvd (8.5 m) 3. Turn left onto County Rd 541/Spring Lake Hwy (6.1 mi) 4. Continue onto Lake Iola Rd (1.0 mi ) 5. Slight left onto Blanton Rd (8.2 mi ) 6. Continue onto Lock St (0.7 mi ) 7. Turn right onto US-301 to Doc’s

Scenic Ride - South .

(TO DOC’S FROM THE SOUTH)

1. Head north on US-301 2. Turn left onto Chancey Rd (3.7 mi) 3. Turn right onto County Rd 579/Morris Bridge Rd (0.8 mi ) 4. Take the 3rd left onto State Road 54 W (4.5 mi ) 5. Turn right onto Co Rd 577/Curley Rd (5.9 mi ) 6. Turn right onto State Hwy 579A (3.9 mi ) 7. Turn right onto Clinton Ave/County Rd 52 Alt E (2.1 mi ) 8. Turn left onto Fort King Rd (2.1 mi ) 9. Continue onto 17th St (0.5 mi ) 10. Turn right onto Meridian Ave (0.7 mi ) 11. Turn left onto US-301 to Doc’s

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Doc’s Pub & Grille, Dade City Scenic Ride - West .

(TO DOC’S FROM THE WEST)

1. From I-75 exit 285 to FL-52 heading east (0.2 mi) 2. Turn left onto Pasco Rd (2.4 mi) 3. Turn left onto Co Rd 577/Curley Rd (1.7 mi ) 4. Keep left at the fork (0.5 mi ) 5. Turn right onto Co Rd 578/St Joe Rd (4.5 mi ) 6. Continue onto Suwanee Way (0.3 mi) 7. Turn right onto 21st St (207 ft ) 8. Turn left onto Meridian Ave (0.9 mi) 9. Turn left onto US-301 to Doc’s

Scenic Ride - East .

(TO DOC’S FROM THE EAST)

1. From I-4 exit 55 for US-27 N 2. Turn left onto US-27 N (1.4 mi) 3. Turn left onto Deen Still Rd (10.5 mi ) 4. Turn right onto FL-33 N/Commonwealth Ave N (4.8 mi ) 5. Turn left onto Greenpond Rd (4.0 mi ) 6. Continue onto Rockridge Rd (13.4 mi ) 7. Turn right onto Old Dade City Rd (7.4 mi ) 8. Turn left onto FL-35 N/US-98 N (0.2 mi ) 9. Slight left onto Co Rd 54 (4.4 mi ) 10. Turn right onto Co Rd 535 (2.3 mi ) 11. Continue onto FL-35 Alt N/Old Lakeland Hwy (about 7 mi to Doc’s) Scenic ride map books of Florida at www.FinzFinds.com BTR 23 |

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Born To Ride Finz Finds Rides South County Tour

(Starting Point: East Englewood - Northport) W. River Rd. 1. Head southeast on W River Rd (8.9 mi) 2. Left Winchester Blvd (3.2 mi) 3. Left Prospect Ave/Spinnaker Blvd (1.1 mi) 4. Left Willmington Blvd (2.0 mi) 5. Left Jennings Blvd/Van Lenten Blvd (3.4 mi) 6. Right Gillot Blvd (2.6 mi) 7. Left David Blvd/Holton St (2.1 mi) 8. Left Gillot Blvd (236 ft) 9. Left FL-776/S McCall Rd (4.1 mi) 10. Left Biscayne Dr (3.0 mi) 11. Left Eisenhower Dr (2.1 mi) 12. Right Campbell St (0.9 mi) 13. Right Chamberlain Blvd (1.9 mi) 14. Left McCabe St (1.1 mi) 15. Take1st Right Chancellor Blvd (0.9 mi) 16. Left Cornelius Blvd (440 ft) 17. Continue on S Cranberry Blvd (6.1 mi) 18. Continue on Plantation Blvd (1.1 mi) 19. Left Panacea Blvd (2.9 mi) 20. Continue on N Haberland Blvd (3.1 mi) 21. Right Hillsborough Blvd (3.9 mi) 22. Left S Cranberry Blvd (423 ft) 23. Take1st Right US-41 N (6.2 mi) 24. Right N River Rd (4.6 mi) End Total Distance 65.6 mi Total Time 2 hr 7 min

For more info on maps and rides or to buy Finz Finds Scenic Rides book go to http://www.finzfinds.com

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Are you looking for relief from the hot, sticky heat? Would you like to ride through stunningly, beautiful scenery? Are you tired of dangerous bumper-to-bumper traffic? Well we have the answers for you! Escape to the beautiful northeast Georgia mountains and north Georgia’s best motorcycle resort, the Copperhead Lodge in beautiful Blairsville, Georgia! It’s 47 acres of biker heaven with special amenities geared to bikers who want the best in accommodations, food, entertainment, and of course, some of the best motorcycling roads in the country. Smooth blacktop, minimal traffic, challenging curves, valleys, and twisties that seem to be made especially for adventuresome riders. Waterfalls, lakes, mountain streams, quaint villages and towns it’s all here. The central headquarters of this motorcycle mecca is the Copperhead Lodge! Beautiful cabins and rooms are just the beginning of this delightful stay with owners Michelle and Anthony—making sure that your stay is something you will never forget and guaranteeing that you’ll come back time after time again. So, stay tuned. We’re headed for the mountains as we join the winners of Born To Ride’s and the Copperhead Lodge’s Weekend Getaway Contest. Hey, this is Debbie with Born To Ride TV and we are here at the Copperhead Lodge in Blairsville, Georgia. This is Michelle Evans, the owner of Copperhead Lodge. I’m going to coin you on this trip—The Biker Den Mother! You’re looking out and taking care of everybody. So Michelle, just give us the geographic location of Copperhead Lodge. Where are you located? Michelle: We are about an hour and a half north of Atlanta, Georgia, tucked in the very northeast corner. In 25 miles you can be either in Tennessee or North Carolina. Debbie: Tell us about the acreage, the property here at Copperhead Lodge. Michelle: We’ve got 47 acres total. The Lodge is located in the center of the resort. We have 20 acres on the front side of the resort and 27 acres in the back where the creek is. It’s a bit more private and woodsy set up. We have 28 cabins on the property right now. When we’re done, we’ll have 52. Debbie: So you’ve got the cabin atmosphere, the lodge atmosphere, the swimming pool, the amphitheater; you’ve got everything! What we’ve really been impressed with is the catering you do for the biker. Michelle: Absolutely! This place was built with all of that in mind. That was the vision. We’re the second owners. We have a vision where motorcycling enthusiasts can come but also people who are not on bikes. We have a great mix of folks here. We do cater to the bikers. You will see that when you walk in; a big rock fireplace with a motorcycle set inside of it. That really sets the true vision. There are a ton of amenities that the bikers love. For example, last night we had a great band, we have guided rides all week long that our local folks do for us. It’s just motorcycle euphoria here! Debbie: You contacted Born To Ride about five months ago and said, ‘Hey! Let’s have a big Born To Ride Weekend! I’m willing to do a give-away to some of your readers and viewers.’ So, we did that and I’m telling you, they love it! BTR 27 |

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Michelle: Everyone who I talked to that came up on the weekend thoroughly enjoyed it. Some of them had never heard of this area. Many of them rode the guided rides with me on Friday. They couldn’t believe the natural beauty and the sites that we saw. I really think that this is a great thing. Not only for the Copperhead Lodge but for Born To Ride and our relationship that has flourished over the last year, and hopefully for all those folks who are a part of the Copperhead family. Debbie: I want to talk about the cabins in just a moment, but you started to get right into the guided rides. This is the girl who BTR 28 |

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leads the guided rides. You ride in and you meet Michelle. She gets you into your cabin, the next day she gets up and on her bike—taking you on these guided rides. Michelle: I enjoy the riding part of what we do! We also do a lot of custom maps for folks. When they come up here, we want them to see what this area has to offer. Quite frankly, we’ve had people from all over the country and from other countries that come here. And when I say there isn’t a bad road here, I’m not kidding! It gives me a lot of pride to take folks out and show them around. I’m always going to take them to the prettiest


scenic overlook, the best place for lunch, the best place to take a picture, make sure they get their picture under the waterfalls … all the things we miss when we punch in the GPS and stay on the roads that are less traveled. Debbie: I have to comment on the roads. Not one pot hole—not one! The roads are perfect, smooth roads where the signs are very well marked, too. Michelle: I do think this area recognizes the importance that the motor-tourist is to the value of our economy. And so for that reason I think they really do invest in that. For example, Wolf Pen

Gap is better than The Dragon as far as technically for a road … is under construction and being repaved right now. That’s going to be a great, new improvement to the Gauntlet. That’s the ride we promote. So, they are looking out for us with the safety of the roads for our motor-tourists. That’s very important for us. We see that as a great thing for us and our future to continue to build. Debbie: Stuart! Where are you taking us today? (Stuart Fincher, Born To Ride magazine Georgia Publisher and Tour Guide.) Stuart: The ride today is based on The Gauntlet at Copperhead Lodge. We are now on the Richard Russell scenic highway, one BTR 29 |

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of the most beautiful views in Georgia. This is where we grew up and we love it! You can be up here for four days and never ride the same road. It’s phenomenal. If you like the mountains, love beautiful scenery, a lot of it is National Forest so you won’t see a lot of stores and houses. It’s just wide open, man! The Dragon’s Tail has nothing on what northeast Georgia has. We’re proud of where we live. We tried to keep it a secret all these years, but it’s time to let it out! Debbie: Copperhead Lodge really loves bikers! Michelle has another ride going out today. Michelle actually took a group out today. We passed her on our way in this morning. We’ll be heading back in to the lodge where we’ll be meeting up with them. What’s

going on this weekend? Stuart: They have live music, they did a promotional give-away in Florida and all of the winners are up here this weekend where we’re trying to expose them to the beautiful mountains Georgia has to offer. Debbie: So, where are we heading next? Stuart: We’re headed to the Copperhead Lodge. We’ve got a few curves to get through before we get there, but that’s where we’re headed! Debbie: I’m promising you that once you comegreat up here! The riding is awesome! You can get out on some open roads and enjoy some fast scenery. You can get on The Gauntlet and ride BTR 33 |

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some elevation. It’s just breathtaking for me. Come here! You’ll be very, very pleased!” Another winner, Fred Scadron, shared his story with us on winning the Copperhead Getaway Weekend. “I saw there was a sweepstakes. And I said, ‘I never win anything.’ What do I have to lose? I was already on the Internet. I got a call two weeks later. I told my wife and she was ecstatic! I’ve never been in the mountains and I have never ridden in the mountains! I can’t tell you about the breathtaking experience and the adrenalin rush we both had. This made us an awesome experience that we’ll never forget. We definitely want to come back here. I really appreciate

Born To Ride in putting this together for us.” Copperhead Lodge 171 Copperhead Parkway Blairsville, GA 30512 Lake Burton Fish Hatchery Debbie: “I took a little stop after taking all the twisties and the curves! WOW! This is the Lake Burton Fish Hatchery. Say hello to John Lee Thompson, state trout stocking coordinator! This place is something to see on your sightseeing here in Georgia.” BTR 35 |

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John: “We’re at Lake Burton Fish Hatchery and grow trout here to be stocked in over 100 different places here in Georgia. This is one of four fish hatcheries in Georgia and does about 350,000 catchables a year. “Right now we’ve got mostly little fish in the hatchery. These fish will stay here and be stocked out next year. The big fish in the hatchery will go out between now and Labor Day. Georgia DNR with cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service stock over one million trout in Georgia each year.” Ron: “How important is that to the economy or fishing? What does it impact?” John: “Well, it’s highly economically driven. We want people to

come to Georgia to go trout fishing. You have to buy a special, not only in addition to a state license, but a special trout stamp to fish in trout waters in Georgia. We want people to come in and come up here and stay in our parks—like Moccasin Creek Park— right next door, buy gas, ice and tackle. “In order to get people to come to Georgia from Florida, we have to have a nice fishing product here in Georgia. We have native and wild trout populations here in Georgia. They just don’t grow really fast. We want to sustain the amount of fishing pressure and have quality fishing here in Georgia, so we kinda need to be putting these fish out.” Ron: “Are the trout in all the lakes here in Georgia? Where do BTR 41 |

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Call Michelle and she’ll make sure you have a great stay at Copperhead Lodge. 706-835-RIDE

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Born To Ride Lifestyle #11  

Born To Ride Lifestyle #11

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