A regional group called SE Rides (as they go on AdvRider) held their winter rally this past weekend in the Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest and Dinner Island Ranch WMA (WMA stands for wildlife management area). There were two ride groups, a road group and a dual sport group. Many of the riders camped in the WMA; I stayed in Immokalee, which was about 25 miles away. Even though we had mid-70s during the days, the nights still get down pretty low for my thin blood. Here’s a photo to give an indication of where the event was held:
The event was sponsored by StarTron. There was no rider’s fee and dinner was provided by StarTron. More info on the feedbag they threw out later.
There were 14 riders in all on the dual sport group on mostly larger adventure-ish models. There were a couple KTM 1190 Adventures, a couple GS1200 Adventures, a Super Tenere, and a few other odds n’ ends in the group. Yes, and one Versys1000LT you can see in the group as we kicked off (identical to my own).
Oh, two KLR650s. My 2016 DigiCamo and a GEN1.
The ride plan was to navigate around the forest roads in the Okaloachoochee Forest and Island Ranch WMA. These are unimproved single-lane roads with lots of different surface conditions, including dirt, mud, gravel, sand and…of course…water! Nothing particularly technical, but a good set of block knobbies were in order. Well set up, we could manage some pretty decent speeds out there.
Some of the photos that follow are frames I copied from video that a couple riders took from helmet cams. They’re not hi-def but some good shots of the terrain. Onward…
While the event was free, the State wanted a piece of the action so first stop upon entering the forest was to pay the iron ranger…$2 a bike.