The Loop

Any biker who has ridden in the Daytona area can tell you what a special experience it is to ride The Loop. Riding a motorcycle, in and of itself, is rewarding. Riding in a group multiplies the fun. It is all the more rewarding for riders who set aside grueling schedules and stress and ride just for pure pleasure, which riding The Loop provides in full.

What is The Loop? On a map, it is shaped like a old low-top leather boot (with the toe pointing south). The route begins at Granada Bridge on the beachside in Ormond Beach. From the bridge, you ride past beautiful homes on John Anderson Drive, north along the river. Soon you come to a more pristine area where tree branches entwine as they meet overhead.

Six to eight miles into the ride you make the first turn of the loop. From there you go west and cross the High Bridge. Soon you arrive at Walter Boardman Lane in Bulow Creek State Park, where you are tempted to haul out the camera to capture the unique beauty of this part of your tropical adventure. Linger awhile then move on to the Old Dixie Highway. Turn south and follow the winding road.

There’s a long-standing tale of ghost lights along the Old Dixie Highway, where only the brave and adventuresome travel at night. A particularly spooky area is a road dubbed Old Witches Road, which veers off Old Dixie Highway. Trees cover the road with such density that hardly a ray of light can penetrate. Some locals claim to have seen the eyes of the witch peering through the trees; others say she has actually spoken to them. Surely the witch must be confused as new homes are being built nearby.

Old Dixie Highway winds eastward past the Tomoka River Basin. You then find yourself in Tomoka State Park, where the Timucuan Indian statue proudly stands as a reminder of earlier times. After more picture taking, you pass through the park and are ready to head south along the Halifax River. Traveling down North Beach Street, you return, invigorated, to the bridge on the opposite end from which the trip began. Having ridden the 20-mile loop, you know you will never tire of the trip and will go again come next Bike Week.