Bikers galore

Be aware of motorcycles, no matter where you drive.

March 8-17, 2019 is Bike Week in Daytona, Florida.  Motorcycles are everywhere, practically.  Don’t let them sneak up on your blind side, okay? 

Dubbed the “World’s Largest Motorcycle Event,” Bike Week is a 10-day Daytona Beach area event filled with high-octane street festivals, concerts, motorcycle races, bike shows, rallies, manufacturer showcases, live music daily at iconic venues like Destination Daytona, Iron Horse Saloon, Main Street Station, Full Moon Saloon, Boot Hill Saloon, Bank and Blues and much more! Established more than seven decades ago, over 500,000 motorcyclists make the annual pilgrimage to this Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event.  https://www.daytonabeach.com/event/daytona-bike-week-2019/38445/

My personal opinion – drive and enter with caution. 

This video clip reflects how bikes can come out of nowhere.

I rode a motorcycle years ago and enjoyed jumping the hills and riding the trails, but was always cautious maneuvering around traffic. I would venture to say most large bike owners, such as Harley Davidson riders, are more conservative than the sleek, high-energy bikes, which remind me of road rockets. Do you agree?

Official information about Bike Week is located at https://officialbikeweek.com.

Blessings along the Way!

Ron

Daytona Beach beckons

Daytona Beach Welcome Overhead Sign on A1A

What comes to mind when you hear Daytona Beach?  Is it racing, hotels or condos, or beaches?

Daytona Beach Oceanside Main EntranceIf you are a regular guest at Daytona Beach, Fla. then you probably come for a specific purpose.  I make trips there occasionally and it seems the main reason is the beach.  The beautiful white sandy beach is a natural attraction and you can still drive your vehicle on it – compared to many other beaches in Florida.

Daytona Beach Ocean View from Perry'sDaytona Beach is “one of the few places in the world where a family car can be driven on an ocean beach.” (Wikitravel)

And yes, there is racing too.  I’ll talk about racing in another blog later.

Daytona Beach Ocean Entrance TunnelDid you know?  Daytona was founded in 1870 by Matthias Day, from whom it takes its name. It was incorporated as a city in 1876. The separate towns of Daytona, Daytona Beach and Seabreeze merged to form Daytona Beach in 1926. In the 1920s, the city became known as The World’s Most Famous Beach.  https://wikitravel.org/en/Daytona_Beach

Daytona Beach Lifeguard
Lifeguards are positioned along the beach to reinforce safety.

Daytona Beach Oceanside fishing
Ocean fishing is often noticed along the beach – intermingled with surfers and people enjoying the water, although those fishing attempt to avoid conflict when possible.

 

 

 

 

Daytona Beach Parking Garage Street Art
Street art on parking garages and other buildings adds color and description to the the area.

Daytona Beach A1A Overhead Sign
Overhead safety crosswalks combined with push-button signals at ground-level crosswalks enhance safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.

Breezeway on A1A

The amusement park, shops and restaurants are popular attractions.

Daytona Beach Amusement Park

Daytona Beach Amusement Park Beachside

A1A - Daytona Beach Hog Heaven building
Bar-B-Q is popular in the area and one doesn’t need to go far to visit the Hog Heaven restaurant across the street from the amusement park.

 

 

Daytona Beach Joe's Crab Shack
For those who love seafood there is Joe’s Crab Shack right on the beach with a fantastic view.

Daytona Beach Ice Cream Shop
Everyone has room for ice cream.

There are many vacation club rentals available along with hotels and resorts.  One of the cost-effective resorts is a little farther south in Daytona Beach Shores at Perry’s Resort.  They’ve been there for 75 years and are currently expanding and remodeling while providing excellent rates and service.   https://www.perrysoceanedge.com/

 

 

 

Daytona Beach Perry's Resort Donuts
One of the favorites at Perry’s is complimentary homemade donuts along with other breakfast items.

Daytona Beach Shores view from bridge
View of the south end of Daytona Beach Shores from the Intracoastal Waterway.

Additional information and highlights are located at https://www.daytonabeach.com/.

Live a Victorious Life!

Ron

Aunt Catfish’s is right for you!

Aunt Catfish’s is right for you!

Do you like catfish?  How about salmon, or talapia or just a great salad bar with a separate “fixins” bar?

Well, I have the place for you if you’re visiting in the Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S. area.

Aunt Catfish's on the River in Port Orange, Fla
Aunt Catfish’s on the River in Port Orange, Fla

Aunt Catfish’s on the River has mouth-watering, fresh- tasting seafood with  practically all the the sides and “fixins” you could want, or at least in my situation, could eat.  This is one place you need to try when you visit Daytona Beach Area on Florida’s east, central coast.

 

 

Upon entering you'll see a nice seating area with a balcony overhead that is used for special occasions.
Upon entering you’ll see a nice seating area with a balcony overhead that is used for special occasions.

 

If you are the one who doesn’t want to wait to be seated it is best to arrive before 4 p.m. as the crowds start rolling in about that time.  The parking lot across the street fills up quickly but there is a nice overflow area just down the street beside the bay and through a little driveway.  There is a nice waiting area outside by the river or you can stroll the dock and check out the gigantic catfish.

River, or bay, view of Aunt Catfish's restaurant.

River, or bay, view of Aunt Catfish’s restaurant.

 

 

The menu has many options, including the early bird specials.  You can choose to add the salad bar that has a fantastic three-potato salad, or you can choose the fixins bar too that has some of the best baked beans and cole slaw I’ve ever had.

Side view of the salad bar entrance.
Side view of the salad bar entrance.

I personally like the talapia, salmon or blackend or fried catfish and shrimp. I need to eat there more often to sample the rest of the menu, although it is about an hour-and-a-half drive for me.

Guess what, you don’t even need to order dessert, as if you had room for it.  You automatically receive a mouth-watering cinnamon bun on your plate that you just stare at while eating the main course.  If you have eaten Krispy Kreme “hot now” glazed donuts then you can relate to the taste of these buns.

The "fixins" bar has very tastful sides such as baked beans, cheese grits, cole slaw , stewed apples and the like.
The “fixins” bar has very tastful sides such as baked beans, cheese grits, cole slaw , stewed apples and other side items.

The atmosphere if family oriented and the servers introduce themselves as “cousin.”

Get it?  Aunt Catfish and the servers are cousins?

The restaurant is family owned and operated.  They treat you like family too.

Cousin Cody was our server for this day’s adventure.  He was cordial, friendly and helpful.

 

 

Nicely arrayed remembrances of Aunt Catfish's experience.
Nicely arrayed remembrances of Aunt Catfish’s experience.

 

 

 

Aunt Catfish’s on the River took over the site from a local Dave’s Dock at the Port Orange Bridge, around 1938.

For many years this was a favorite spot for fishermen.  A boat could be rented and the best live bait could be purchased.  Fishing tackle and river information was always readily available.

In 1940 the first road and beach automobile race course was established not far from this location.  Of course I’m sure you know about the current day NASCAR race events in Daytona.

 

While there, you can also take a nice ride through the Daytona Beach Shores coastal community.  Driving north you’ll encounter the infamous Daytona Beach which is know for beach, surf, surf shops, hotels and condominiums, NASCAR racing and so much more.

And … you’re less than two hours from Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

More information about Aunt Catfish’s, including more of the history and a menu, link to http://auntcatfishontheriver.com.  I would like to know if you get a chance to eat there and hear of YOUR experience.