Tour de Tampa, A Go FAR Travel Extra

Tampa is Florida’s third largest city with a multi-cultural history that’s still evident today. The city offers an abundance of activities for those seeking music, food, arts, sports, entertainment, or the best Cuban sandwich on the planet.

The first Spanish explorers sailed into Tampa Bay in 1528 but it wasn’t until Fort Brooke was established in 1824 that the area had a permanent settlement. The city was the staging point for Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders invasion of Cuba and for many years was known as the “Cigar Capital of the World” producing more than 500 million hand-rolled cigars annually at its peak.

Tampa has a population of about 335,000 and is bounded on the west by Old Tampa Bay and on the south by Hillsborough Bay. The city is made up of many diverse neighborhoods and our scenic ride offers you a chance to sample some of the most interesting areas.

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Riding Glasses 101

Cheap Sunglasses Are Not The Answer

You can legally ride without a helmet in Florida under certain conditions, but there are no exceptions when it comes to eye protection. In some states a motorcycle windscreen may be sufficient protection, but not in Florida. Florida state statute 316.211, which covers equipment for motorcycle and moped riders, states “A person may not operate a motorcycle unless the person is wearing an eye-protective device over his or her eyes of a type approved by the department”. So what types are “approved by the department”?

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