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    St John's River Ride March 2008 - Need some input

    Hi all you Florida Jetskiers out there.

    The South Florida PWC Riders (tentative name) have had two spectacular trips back to back recently, Kissimmee River in Dec and last weekend's FL Keys ride (over 50 ski turnout).

    A few of us have been thinking of where to go next. The St. John's River seems to be a great place. Several of the guys at last weekend's event talked it up also.....Slowpoker and BBCaprise.

    Input needed -

    1. Best place to meet - We may be bringing 30 Jetski's out of S FL, plus all the guys from around there.........100 ski's?? Think about ramps, food, gas, hotels.....etc.

    2. Best date - Sat March 22? Probably many will come in Friday night and stay Sat night from our group. Main riding on the Sat bookended by Friday and Sunday. Should it be before or after this weekend??

    3. Any particular issues with water levels, gator mating season, Daytona 500 weekends.......that would preclude this date?

    I think this will be a great opportunity to have the Jetski Tribe of Florida meet. This could draw from almost the whole state since it is centrally located. I don't think anyone wants it to get too crazy.......just fun and good comraderie.......

    Let me know so the fan club in S FL can start making plans!
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    Wished I could have made it to the Keys ride but had friends coming from Texas just to ride the St Johns.

    Jay (BBcaprice) has gone with us a few times and did really well. We have been freinds for many years.

    Kinda hard to answer your questions. Where we ride takes quite advanced skill level of riding and must be quided. Its extremely complicated and physically demanding. I think Chewster is going to post some video of Sunday and you might understand.

    Normaly we ride 70+ miles refueling at the ramp with the gas we bring. Food is at Lone cabbage 30 miles from the ramp if you make it.

    Water level fluctuates dramatically and can get you stuck to the point where your not sure if your going to live or not. Still recovering today. March is our dry season.

    Mating season is end of May begining of June. Not good. Most other times you see hundreds but they don't bother you.

    There are places to the North above Lake Harney that would be better for large groups but I'm not familier with who rides up there. I will start asking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke View Post
    Where we ride takes quite advanced skill level of riding and must be quided. Its extremely complicated and physically demanding.

    I can testify to that, Also if a large group goes, chances are there will be alot of ski's ending up in the tall grass, and on land. It happened to a couple of us on sunday.

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    Thanks for the local knowledge.....

    Maybe March isn't the best time for this type of trip. I had heard about
    some fresh water springs somewhere along the river.......maybe that was
    in the Panhandle though........

    Where abouts do you guys generally run? It seems its over 310 miles
    long!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Johns_River
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomgtv View Post
    Maybe March isn't the best time for this type of trip. I had heard about
    some fresh water springs somewhere along the river.......maybe that was
    in the Panhandle though........

    Where abouts do you guys generally run? It seems its over 310 miles
    long!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Johns_River
    There are a few springs North of Lake Monroe. Blue Springs, Silver Glenn, etc..

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    Blue Spring seems nice

    One destination looks good, Blue Spring
    http://www.floridastateparks.org/bluespring/default.cfm

    It seems it's a Manatee refuge during winter til March 1. Would this
    be on the path of a logical run?

    A lot of our crew are pretty experienced Jetskiers, but we would rely
    on some of you local guides! All we can pay is in whiskey, xxx, xxx and xxx........maybe some slow roasted pig.........you get the idea!

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    I also wouldn't recommend any 3 seaters on the area of the St. John River where Duke took us.

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    gators lol i rather take my chances with the sharks

    dry tortugas, devils island are pwc allowed there?? its like 25 miles from key west and theres no gators mating or tall grass

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomgtv View Post
    One destination looks good, Blue Spring
    http://www.floridastateparks.org/bluespring/default.cfm

    It seems it's a Manatee refuge during winter til March 1. Would this
    be on the path of a logical run?

    A lot of our crew are pretty experienced Jetskiers, but we would rely
    on some of you local guides! All we can pay is in whiskey, xxx, xxx and xxx........maybe some slow roasted pig.........you get the idea!

    north of lake monroe is great for large groups, you got show boat marina on hwy 44 near deland is the locals ramp w/ over 100 parking spots, cabins on the river all the way up to lake gorge and beyond that is silver springs wich boats tie up in the cove overnight,usally lots of skis and air boat races. there is fuel all over the river. there are speed limits all the way north until lake george then its balls to the wall to Jacksonville. this also leads to the wekiva river wich the water is up great in it.
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    Tom,

    The St Johns is a place for you to come. If the water is low where we ride we can always go north. We can go south one day and north the next.

    Duke must have missed your video from the Kiss River ride. It is the same just a lot longer.

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