Monday, April 22, 2019

Our last ride in Florida, Fort Myers Beach

April 21, 2019 (Easter Sunday) 

Our season in Florida is nearing an end and these snowbirds will have to take flight and head back to the cold north soon. I am not kidding about the cold, there is still some snow back home! Hopefully with all the rain most of it will be gone by the time we get there. But I am pretty sure the temperature will be a complete shock to the system after we have been enjoying the upper 30’s (80’s F) 

I can’t think of a better way to say goodbye to the Florida sunshine and the new friends we made this year than by taking a ride with them and checking out a few more hang outs. 

Seeing it was Easter Sunday we headed out to “Biker Church” (also known as The Mermaid Lounge) on Fort Myers beach.  This place opens at 8 am and serves $1 Bloody Marys until 11 am. For the record we did not get there that early!

I am glad we got a chance to experience this place. Soon this iconic favorite biker hang-out that has been around for 35 years will be bulldozed under to make way for the new developments that are in the works for Fort Myers beach. Personally, I think this will make the strip just another money grabbing “tourist trap” with high end hotels and restaurants. It will be sad to see that all the new development will take away the charm that these old establishments have to offer.

As you can see there is quite a congregation, standing room only.

The bar cleared a little and we were able to grab a table
to have communion at “Biker Church”. 
Katy a friend of Elaine & James joined us. Nice meeting you Katy!

Quite a turn out this morning.
Photo credit goes to Elaine who went across the street to snap this shot for me.
You make quite the photographer Elaine!

After 11 am “church” starts to let out. We headed outside to finish off our refreshments.
It is not often that I get in on the pictures, thanks again Elaine!
Glad to be out in the sunshine again, I was getting chilly in there.
Katy, Elaine & James.

We headed over to the Nauti Parrot for lunch.
Just a short ride up the road and over the bridge. 

Katy joined us for a refreshment at the Nauti Parrot.
Looking good Elaine, show off!

A nice customer at the next table took a picture of all of us.

The Nauti Parrot is a great place to take in the awesome views of the waterfront.

If you’re interest here is my take on the food, from a “non-foodie” like me. 
There seems to be a theme to my eating habits, Philly Cheese Steak. I have been sub-consciously ranking them so I thought I would share my thoughts…

Here is the low down covering all the restaurants we have eaten at this year where my Philly Cheese steak was involved.

The Philly at the Nauti Parrot ranks #3. It was delicious! But it could possibly tie in at #2 as the bun was nicely toasted and the fries were very crispy. The Ale House still is my #1 but lately I am very disappointed with the customer service there, but that is another story. 
The Boulevard Deli ranks in at #2 as the beef is tasty perfection, however the bun seemed a little too doughy for my liking, maybe it just needs to be toasted more, fries were crispy delights. The Ragged Ass Saloon comes in #4 as it is served with a bag of potato chips. I would definitely tie it with #3 on the tasty scale. I have had an order of their French fries and I would have to say they are the crispiest and most tasty. Lastly the Nav-A-Gator comes in at #5, mine seemed to skimp on the cheese, and seeing I only order it without the garnishing of onions and peppers, cheese is very important! The Boathouse doesn’t make it on my list only because they don’t offer Philly Cheese Steak, but I had a burger there and if I start a list for hamburgers I would currently put it at #1. FYI, I did not eat this all in one day!

After lunch the day was still young and we road over to the Bimini Bait Shack in Punta Rassa. This is located just before the bridge to Sanibel Island.

There is plenty of atmosphere at the Bimini. It is like being up in a tree house of sorts. Although I didn’t much care for the climb up. (I did notice they had an elevator, so I suppose I could have wimped out and took that, but I didn’t want to be called a sissy LOL)

Hey I am in another picture! Thanks Elaine! Ugh those stairs!

The views are amazing from up here.

The bar has swing chairs on each corner and the musical entertainment plays above.
Lots of interesting treasures hanging about.

The fish tank bar provides just as much entertainment as the performers above. 
At first, I didn’t think this was a real star fish, then it slowly moved across the tank

I even caught a glimpse of a lobster, at least I think it is a lobster.

When the place cleared out a little, we managed to snag those swing chairs. 
I never sat on a swing chair at a bar before. 
Very cool, however they were a tad hard for my bony butt. 

Before heading home, we had our last drink at the Boathouse and said our goodbyes to Elaine & James. I am so glad we met you and look forward to many more biking adventures with you. You will be missed, until we meet up again. Alas, it is time to put our bikes away and head back to Canada. 

(Many thanks to our "travel guide" James who plotted out our course for the day. We will let you do that again sometime)

Until next time keep

Cruising Through Life & Enjoying the Ride…

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Nav-A-Gator Grill, Arcadia Florida

Tues, Apr 17, 2019

We met up with Elaine and James for a ride out to the Nav-A-Gator Grill for lunch.
Last week our plans were rained out so we attempted it again. In the true spirit of the sunshine state the sun was shining bright and the temperature was balmy.
The Nav-A-Gator Grill is very laid back and has a comfy beach like atmosphere.
Bands play on the weekends here.
It was surprisingly busy for a week day, but we managed to find a table.

Elaine & James. Hey James turn towards the camera!
Yes, I really am here too. Thanks Elaine for snapping this. 

I think we are here…

In case you were wondering what we had for lunch...

We all had the Philly Cheese Steak, except my BF, he had the Shrimp Po Boy. Of course, I had the veggie portion separately to give to the BF. 
(Oh goodie, lunch again for a few days)

Yum! Very tasty!

After lunch we wandered out back.
If you are so inclined, you could also catch an Airboat tour that is setup dock side.
Checking out the views. Made the BF hold my left overs
We even caught a glimpse of the ever elusive manatee!

 Before heading home, we stopped at our favorite “watering hole” the Boathouse. 

We were all very parched by the time we rolled in.
James & Elaine striking a pose, the BF being anti-social LOL

Finally got a photo op with the big chair on the way out
The BF started to push me all the way to the back…
OMG, I look so tiny, but my feet look huge LOL

Next time its your turn Elaine & James

It was a great day riding and hanging out with our friends!

Until next time keep

Cruising Through Life & Enjoying The Ride...

Route to Nav-A-Gator Grill in Arcadia Florida

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Bikefest Arcadia Florida

(Sat Mar 30, 2019)

We hooked up with TJ & Lynn on Saturday and headed out to the Arcadia Bikefest. It is normally about an hour to get to Arcadia, but we decided we wanted to get more ride time in on such a beautiful day. We headed along North River Rd to 27, then onto 29 and connected onto 70 that leads into Arcadia. 

We had a brief rest stop at the gas station on the corner of 29 & 70. There was a roadside fruit stand and someone selling boiled peanuts. Lynn wanted to try the boiled peanuts but the vendor was napping in her truck so Lynn opted not to wake her. I wonder how many sales the peanut lady missed today.

This was our first time out at the Arcadia Bikefest and I was impressed with the size of this event. We have ridden through Arcadia occasionally but we have never stopped in the quaint town. The event was held on West Oak Street and I immediately noticed that all the buildings were full of character outside and in. The shops along this section were mostly antiques and curious collectibles. We never ventured in them as today was not about that, maybe we will have to further investigate sometime. 

We meandered along the street and took in the sights. Lynn finally got her boiled peanuts from a street vendor.

I am really curious as to who can actually ride this…

This dog’s owner is making a fashion statement;
I just wonder what the dog really thinks about it… 

TJ & Lynn decided to sample the shish kabobs being offered at one of the food vendors. Instead of eating the BF and I decided to check out the stunt bikes instead. As I approached, they were doing burnouts, I got about 20 feet and had to turn back before getting choked to death by the plumes of smoke. Suffice to say I decided to keep a safe distance and went back to sit with TJ & Lynn. The BF stayed and snapped a few pics when they finally decided to do the stunts instead of wearing out their tires. 


On the way home we took 17 and turned onto Bermont Rd (74) to 31. Of course, we couldn’t pass up stopping at the Boathouse Tiki Bar for a cool refreshment. (Actually, that was my plan all along, I wanted to finally try out the menu) TJ and Lynn sipped on a cooling cocktail. I think they were still stuffed from eating at the festival. I bet it was those boiled peanuts that did in Lynn. 

If you like seafood, then this would certainly be the place for you, me not so much; seafood that is. However, I did manage to find something on the menu to appease my delicate discriminating tastes – or a more accurate description, for my extreme fussiness. I had a burger, plain of course with cheddar cheese. The thing was huge and I will be having the rest of it for lunch over the next 3 days. I wasn’t really into the curly fries that came with it, too much seasoning for the likes of me, although the BF enjoyed them with his Lamb Gyro. 

Stopping at the Boathouse was the perfect ending to a great day of riding with friends, Lynn & TJ

Until next time keep

Cruising Through Life & Enjoying The Ride….

Route Going to Arcadia

Route heading home