2013 Florida Lighthouse Tour Contest
A friendly contest to encourage touring our great state. To run from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013.:yum
Travel by your personal BMW motorcycle to as many lighthouses as you can during the year and take a digital picture of your bike with the Florida lighthouse in the foreground or background. The lighthouse must be from the list provided by the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society,[URL="http://wlol.arlhs.com/index.php?mode=search&sc=FL"]http://wlol.arlhs.com/index.php?mode=search&sc=FL[/URL] , and be classified as either operational or historic, and the bike must have been ridden or pushed to its pictured position. No credit may be taken for pictures taken with the bike on a boat, or with such a small or poor quality image as to make the image (bike or lighthouse) unrecognizable. Neither shall credit be taken for post-processed entries. Upon obtaining web access, each picture must be posted in this thread individually, titled with the lighthouse name, 2013 date taken, and credit for the photographer, with an incremented tally number for each of his/her photos. [B][I]Example: Key West Lighthouse, 3/17/2013, by cberry, contest #12.[/I][/B] Credit may be taken twice for pictures of the same lighthouse with and without full scaffolding, as would be the case during significant maintenance or painting, if both configurations occur within the contest year. Husband and wife teams would be treated as one entry. Pictures by one individual who owns and photographs more than one of his bikes at the same lighthouse should identify them as: [B][I]contest #12A, #12B, #12C, etc.[/I][/B], thereby keeping his contest standing current and uninflated.
For those who are artists and would like to modify their images, Knock yourself out. Identify such images as: [B][I]art #12[/I][/B], to key it with the unmodified contest image so that we can all see and appreciate the changes.
There will be no ÔÇ£WinnersÔÇØ or ÔÇ£LosersÔÇØ, just participants. Your contest number will be an indicator of how much fun you had while traveling our state. Knowing of my interest in proposing this contest, my wife gave me 2 books and a map of the lighthouses for Christmas. Very interesting reading. Turns out, there are roughly 30 lighthouses in the state, but several of them are off shore and unlikely to meet contest guidelines.
I hope I made myself clear, but, if not, IÔÇÖm sure you will help ÔÇÿfixÔÇÖ me.
New Year's Day Ride: Mt. Dora, Florida
What a beautiful day...temps in the mid 70's, light winds and blue skies. Round trip from the SpaceCoast to Mt. Dora was about 200 miles. The objective: Mt. Dora Lighthouse, the only inland freshwater lighthouse in Florida. The 35 foot lighthouse was dedicated on March 25, 1988, and is built of bricks covered with stucco.
According to my WAAS enabled GPS the highest altitude I observed while cruising the town of Mt. Dora was 166 feet. "...only in Florida!..."
Mt. Dora, Florida Lighthouse, 1/1/2013, by cberry, contest #1
Space Coast BMW Club ride 1/12/13
From I 95 and US 192 in Melbourne, FL, we rode to Marsh Landing in Fellsmere for breakfast before striking out for the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. A perfect day for a ride. The SPOT track is here temporarily [URL="http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?&glId=0Jb4VLYv27FLWXKehoapapvqLrfmlJq65"]http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?&glId=0Jb4VLYv27FLWXKehoapapvqLrfmlJq65[/URL] There were 4 of us who made it to the lighthouse and I had the only camera, so I took the pictures for the others to post if they choose.
Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, 1/12/13, by cberry, contest # 2
This lighthouse was placed in service in 1860, and stands 105 feet tall, with the light being 146 feet above sea level and visible 25 miles at sea.
January 17/18 Lighthouse hunt
Here on the Space Coast the day dawned bright and beautiful, but the weather report for the West
Coast was for a cold front to come through in the afternoon and for much colder temps on the 18th. Perfect weather for a short ride. I'd planned to ride to St. Petersburg and spend the night there, picturing several lighthouses along the way. I per-purchased a Hotwire room for a good price.
Out of the chute I changed the plan to include Sanibel Light as the first objective. Rechecking times, distances, and time remaining it became quite evident that I was never going to make it that way. Next change was to reroute via Fellsmere to Bradenton by the gps 376's shortest route. It was a great ride through towns and rural areas that I had never traveled! Met some great people over an extended lunch at the Bradenton Yacht Club and then continued north to my reserved room in ST. Pete. The weather was fairly nasty and there was a possibility that the Skyway Bridge across Tampa Bay might be closed due to wind gusts. That didn't happen, and I didn't get any lighthouse pictures either!
There were several lighthouses on my list for the next day (1/18) which would take me south on the West Coast and then home via Lake Okeechobee. The early morning temp started out at 41 degrees, so for this wimp heated gear was in order. I got a couple of lighthouses before heading across the Skyway Bridge again and then got into God-Awful traffic from the bridge all the way down to Port Boca Grande. Blew my planned schedule all to Hell! The first contest lighthouse of the day was Egmont Key Lighthouse. Spanish explorers visited this area in the early 1500's and the first lighthouse was erected in 1848, only to get hit by a hurricane. A replacement was built in 1858 for $16,000 and it still stands today.
Egmont Key Lighthouse, 1/18/2013, by cberry, contest #3
Since I believe I'm limited to one picture per post, this will take awhile.
It's not just my contest guys...:boldpurpl
great Idea Chuck, can you help here?
I have done a few, and think they are a great find. Best so far was the one on the panhandle. Civil War battle there. Dog gone, getting so Old, cant remember the name. Maybe you can help> St. Something, somewhere.:blush
Der Kaptain from Daytona
Florida Coastal Search, Light house and stuff
I don't know what if this is OK to put in your thread, but this was on the beach near the big Red Lighthouse near Daytona. Traveling the state under duress from the Law.
OH, B.T.W. hey, anyone going to the Holiday Travel Park in Daytona for Bike week? BMW hang out.
Barry, does this look like a Arai or a Shoie (or is it Shoei) ;)
37 moto's later, 14 countries
2006 RT (used up)
2009 RT (still clocking miles)
Great shot of the St. Marks Lighthouse
mrtnfischer---Kevin McCarthy, in his book "Florida Lighthouses", says "The ride to St. Marks Lighthouse along a seven-mile, winding road through pristine swamp and wilderness is probably the most beautiful to any land-based Florida lighthouse." Makes me want to go there! From US 98, take SR 59 south to the St, Marks National Wildlife Refuge.
In his book,McCarthy has history on the site of St. Marks which goes back to 1680 and Spanish settlers. During the Civil War the lighthouse site was occupied by Confederate troops. The book contains a lot more history of the light and the people who served there.
Unfortunately for you, that nice picture you took didn't include your bike...so, you'll have to go back again to have both the light and your bike in the same picture to be counted in the contest.
Light house in Florida, need a additional rule
I was corrected in not having the RT in a picture of the St Mark's Light House. So I dashed out and took this picture of the bike (r1200Rt) and a light house.Please note the the LH is large in the picture and should be identifiable. It was taken in the early AM.
Now, when viewing some light houses in the pictures, they were so far away as to be questionable that they were even light houses. (looked like a water tower, or a doctored photo) Please take note that my picture show a significant part of the LH.
I strongly suggest that the pictures must show enough detail as to occupy 20 to 40% of the photo. NOT POSSIBLE in all cases but at least a decent discription as to why not able to get closer.
I will be planning the St. Marks trip to reshoot soon.
Can anyone tell me what LH is in the picture?? The BMeer is a 09 RT, with cruiser bars.
Keep it fun and find the light. SINCE some are too small or not seen
Maybe a "picture of the LIGHT" from a book or booklet or from the head Light finder, with a close spot and the BMeemer picture with a discription of as "close as you could get" and still have a interesting photo"
enough said, and why is there a lighthouse in Mt DORA?
Keep it fun and find the light
I like it! There are no winners in this contest, except those who participate; and no losers, except those who who don't. Its about touring the state and having a goal, or reason, for the ride.
[QUOTE]Turns out, there are roughly 30 lighthouses in the state, but several of them are off shore and unlikely to meet contest guidelines.[/QUOTE]
Good question about Mount Dora light. Its not an "Official" lighthouse, but is listed in McCarthy's book. I think it's there to draw tourists rather than serve as an aid to navigation. It got me there and I had a delicious meal at a nearby restaurant.
For GeneT, here's one of those 'tower' lighthouses...How about adding some South Florida lights?
Gasparilla Lighthouse, 1/18/2013, by cberry, contest # 4