Start at the north end and finished in the south but it is a great ride going either way. Traveling north on the Turnpike out of Orlando you get off on the 429 exit heading north through Ocoee. There is one toll booth you hit so have 1.50 ready. 429 will turn into 441 when you get into Apopka so watch for the quick change in speed limit. As you get into the town of Mt Dora, 441 will be heading due west. Look for the N. Donnelly St intersection where you want to take a left on N. Donnelly St. and follow it to W. 5th Ave where you want to take a right on to W. 5th Ave. Stay on this as it takes you for a ride along Lake Dora and the road will change names to Virginia Ave./Hwy 441 as it starts going around the lake. Look for Lakeshore Drive where you want to take a left and follow Lakeshore Dr. around the lake until it brings you to route 19. When route 19 intersects with Hwy 27, take a left on hwy 27 and keep rolling south through Clermont and Orange Mountain and until you reach Hwy 192 where you want to take a left and head east till it hits I-4 and you can take that north back into Orlando completing the loop.
Long rolling hill straight-aways, plenty of room to twist the throttle. Citrus groves, lake side drives, bridges, and some hilltop views. Overall, this is a great half day ride that takes you along the western edge of Orlando, just far enough to get away from the tourists and traffic. The ride around Mt Dora is great, lots of long rolling green hills and citrus fields. The view on both sides of Lakeshore Drive is great. 19 is the funnest stretch of the ride as it drops down to a 2 lane country rode with more citrus fields, lots of greenery and the bridge over Lake Harris in Howey-In-The-Hills. When you get down to 27 you can really open it up and just cruise. LONG tall rolling hills and straight-aways with great views from the hilltops. Stormy Hills Harley is along the way if you need a place to stop along with wineries, pick it yourself citrus groves, and every type of restaurant you could think of. I wanted to take some pics of this ride but I forgot to charge my camera that day. Bummer... next time.
Route varies from 2 lane to 4 lane county highways, all in really good shape.
All of these areas are somewhere between suburban and rural so there are open spaces but plenty of amenities, everything you could think of.
Definitely a nice area, and this seems like a great ride for cruisers, but there are some must-ride roads for those who like to lean a little:The Number 2 road in Howey in the Hills, and the Sugarloaf Mountain/Montverde area roads. (561, etc.) Yalaha Bakery is a mandatory stop. Check their website for hours, entertainment, etc.
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5 riders found this road review useful
April 3, 2010
0 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Touring
This is a great route, although the one suggestion I would make is use sr 545 at the end to get down to Winter Garden/Ocoee and the 408 to return to Orlando. It is a great 2 lane road with hills and curves that are nice to ride and truly a outstanding finish to this ride!
Also agree with Ed, Yalaha bakery is an absolute stop!
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3 riders found this road review useful
May 18, 2020
14 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
Excellent ride! Came in from east on 408, caught 429 north after looping through hills back to turn pick and 528 back to east side. Got little bit of everything and had a blast!!