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Tail Of The Florida Gator


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One Good Turn Deserves Another.Bob and Laurel DeMattia live in Spring Hill, Florida. They also own a mountain cabin in Murphy,NC . It’s on Highway 64, near one of the most notorious patches of asphalt in the U.S. It’s right on U.S. 129 in North Carolina. That particular stretch of road is known as the “Tail of the Dragon”, by bikers from all over the world. It has 318 treacherous turns in an exhilarating 11-mile stretch. And like Daytona’s Bike Week, it attracks Hundreds of Thousands of Bikers and Visitors every year, Bob and Laurel incuded.BobAfter riding the Dragon several times, Bob, an avid rider, and owner of the Orange Crush, which was “Best of Show” at this years Blueberry Festival Bike Competition, in Brooksville, Fl., began to visualize an alligator imposed upon the State of Florida. He pictured it with its tail to the left over the panhandle, and its imposing figure draping down and over the state. He played with this visualizations for a few years and finally started to sketch the design from his visualizations, and put them on paper. To his amazement, it fit perfectly, just as he pictured it would.

From the initial design, he then created and mapped out a route that follows an impressive 864 miles. It takes you from Penscacola Beach, to Key West, Florida, with many other stops he has visited, along the “Thunder Trail”. It has now become known as his “Tail of the Florida Gator”. Inspired by the Dragon, but as Bob has always said, “The Mountains may have their dragons, But you Better Beware of the SWAMP!”

IMG_0499These products are a tribute to the unwavering dedication of a very serious motorcyclist who has been riding for over 49 years. Like him and his lovely wife Laurel, this is a journey not for the timid or the meek. And whether it’s traveled physically or in spirit, it pays homage to the very reasons we all ride. So whether its the “Dragon”, in NC, or the “Tail of the Florida Gator”, you’ll look great wearing a custom Design of one of the beautiful T-Shirts. To date he has the three different designs on the shop page, with many more to follow, in your choice of colors and design. So get ready to hit the “Thunder Trail” and let’s Ride.