How about a pic of your favorite road. This one is in Wisconsin. You can get airborne on the first hill and bottom out if you go to fast. But, if you hit it right it's pure joy!
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Ha ! With your hands in the air going downhil
Regards from the flat Netherlands.
Hwy 129, North Georgia mountains, near Blood Mountain.
Do not put your flat roads down, I’ve been following the “Itchy Boots” YouTube channel for quite a while watching Noraly on her motorcycle adventures around the world and now that she’s locked down in the Netherlands, she has been giving us a video tour of your your area on her motorcycle. We just got back from visiting Switzerland, Italy, and France in February but I can’t wait to visit the Netherlands next time. https://youtu.be/NbeeIBobr0U
@Cliff Presley - Charlotte, NC posted:
I laughed when the bike cuts him off an he hand gestures, in a truly italian way, to the biker.
@Cliff Presley - Charlotte, NC posted:
BTDT, albeit on two wheels
From Vernonia, OR to Astoria, OR via 47 and then 202. 2 hours of rip roaring roller coaster road bliss. Meadows, lodgepole pine forrests, creeks, rivers...I don't know why everyone goes via route 30, but i'm glad they do. This will be the coupe's maiden cruise. The last time I did it was from 8-10am on a Saturday in June. I saw 3 cars...2 of them were parked.
Great thread, Marty! @Marty Grzynkowicz
Hard to pic from so many, but right up there would be cruising the Colorado Rockies with Dusty Johnson.
My perennial favorite would be Central California Coast, Hwy 1.
Agreed. Hiway 1 is a "World Class Drive." I'm always amazed at how many Californians have never driven it. There are several in California, the Redwood forest, Yosemite National Park and Sequoia National Park just to name a few.
Hwy 1 takes your breath away... Wow, what a creation
gorgeous road but get behind a motorhome or three and its painful
California 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) is a "bucket list" thing everybody ought to do once. The vistas are spectacular-- but it's not much of a driver's road. If you want to spool out the car, invariably you'll be stuck in the back of a train being pulled by a motorhome that just can't bring themselves to pull over.
California 70, from Oroville to the California 89 junction, then into Truckee, on the other hand, is a driver's paradise. It's an astounding road, and a full day's drive. The vast bulk of the route is deep in the Plumas National Forrest, so there are no driveways, etc. to contend with. I seriously contemplated selling everything I owned, and driving that road until I ran out of money. I'm sure there are countless roads in NoCal that are every bit that good, but MAN-- that one was nice.
East of the big muddy, great roads are harder to find, but can be every bit the equal of California. I've got no idea where we went, but driving on @Carlos G's roads was every bit that good. He prefers "no name" roads, but "the Rattler" (North Carolina 209) up to Hot Springs, NC also runs through a national forest. Blasting through with @LeonChupp hooting it up in the right seat was one of the most enjoyable times I've ever had wheeling a car. That road has a great rhythm.
Cruising is fun. Driving is a blast.
@Stan Galat posted:
Cruising is fun. Driving is a blast.
IMO, 1 gets a lot better north of the bridge. Just about every road between 1 and 101 is spectacular, too. In fact, you can go up there and spend all day on little roads heading east from 1 and never make a bad choice. Plus, fresh oysters on Tomalas Bay!
1 North to Tomales-Petaluma Rd. Rt on Chilenas Valley Rd, Rt on Spring Hill Dr, quick rt ontoWindsor Street, another quick rt onto D Street, which turns into Pt Reyes-Petaluma Rd which takes you all the way back to 1 at Pt Reyes.
I spent almost every day off up there on my motorcycle when I worked in SF for a couple of weeks in 2000.
I don't have a favorite road. There are too many to name one. Where I live, the fun roads start as soon as I roll off of my driveway.
There are cruising roads like the Blue Ridge Parkway near by. It's good for some fantastic views and I'll drive it when I'm in a cruising mood. There are too many tourists on it that have never seen trees or curves before, and this being America, can't be bothered to pull out on the many pull outs to let you by, because that's their right to drive 20mph with the brake on the whole freaking way.
The Rattler is on the other side of the mountain from me and the Tail of the Dragon is a bit farther. They lean more for the people who like to drive, but they can get a bit busy and the cops are usually lurking about, especially on the Dragon.
My favorite roads are the back twisty country roads. I'm not talking high speeds, just a good feel for the road. You don't have to be going all that fast to have fun in our little go karts anyway. I don't even look at the speedometer. I go by feel and the sound of the engine. All I need now is to get my tranny regeared for this area. I don't need no stinkin highways.
The Deliverance Run was a blast. Maybe we can do it again in the future. A few of you gearheads just need to move on over here before it gets ridiculous.
@Stan Galat posted:
I reread my post. I mean zero disrespect for the PCH-- it's astoundingly beautiful. It's probably the best cruise in the world.
The West Coasters take no offense. It is a great road EXCEPT for when you get behind a motor home or a line of motor homes. I rode my bicycle from Santa Cruz to Morro Bay once and spent a considerable amount of time on the PCH and it is beautiful. On my bike I was able to pass motor homes.
Just about any mountain road here in West Virginia. Hundreds of tight turns mountain vistas, switchbacks and mountain lakes. A short trip out of town from Elkins, WV. to loop back into town on the average takes about 100 miles no matter what the chosen route. Passing through "Snow Shoe" a ski resort that resembles Aspen, passing by a number of steam train stations that take you into the back mountains. Every time Connie and I rode two up on the bike the ever changing scenery is amazing.
I mapped this scenic run : Starting from Elkins out to Snow Shoe,( Ski Resort) Cass (Steam Rail) Green Bank ( Nat'l Radio Telescope - residents that live here cannot have home microwaves or cell phones) On to Durbin (Steam Rail) Up to Spruce Knob Lake @4,300 ft. Back down and over to Seneca Rocks ( well known shear faced rocks and general store where you can sit and watch hundreds of bikes and exotic cars come and go) then the return leg to Elkins. Actual drive time 4 -1/2 hrs. and 168 miles but in reality with stops etc. this would be a two day run
I second @Robert M, @Stan Galat. No offense taken, and you are completely correct. The 1 is amazing, given you're not stuck behind motorists. And given the fact that it is on the bucket list of many, traffic tends to be quite slow.......especially in the late Spring through Autumn months. And it's just not the rented motorhomes, it's also those in their rental cars taking in the scenery.
Luckily, as mentioned above, there are roads north of the GG Bridge that are equally as beautiful. However, more and more are frequenting these roads as well. California's biggest problem is its congestion. Perhaps this summer, due to the pandemic, congestion along the coastal routes may ease a bit.
As long as I'm not stuck in traffic, I enjoy every road I'm on with the speedster. I know that's kinda a crappy reply, but it's true. The hum of the aircooled engine behind you, and the archaic technology of the car all lends itself to the experience, an experience that cannot be replicated within the confines of a modern car. Especially a push button modern car that does everything for you except steer.
As @Carlos G said “The Deliverance Run was a blast. Maybe we can do it again in the future. A few of you gearheads just need to move on over here before it gets ridiculous.”
That was the best high-intensity drive I’ve ever done on public roads. I also agree that some of us gear/knuckleheads need to move there.
My broinlaw lives in the Bay area. Whenever we visit, we rent a convertible. I've driven from the Big Sur up to the Russian River on Hwy 1. It is a site to see for sure. I've also been to Yosemite and that has a view like no other.
The road going up Mount Lemmon outside of Tucson AR is pretty nice too.
I was fortunate to drive Hwy 1 at the beginning of April in 2015 and it was clear of campers and we had the road to ourselves which for me was absolutely wonderful.
I do think as more and more of us retire we will have to move to off season times to enjoy the roads, like 5 am sunrise
58 reasons to drive the roads here in West Virginia, it never gets old .....
Best roads are the ones right out my back door. Drive out rt 250 west from Charlottesville toward Harrisonburg and you arrive where Skyline Drive meets the Blueridge Parkway. 35 mph to the East. 45 mph to the West. Always go west. Of course lots of other great roads. If you go a little further west in Virginia you a get to The Back of the Dragon. Not as nice as the Smokies but still a hoot.
@Carlos G posted:
I've also been to Yosemite and that has a view like no other.
Coming into the Yosemite Valley from the south is amazing. I'll always regret waiting until I was 50 years old to see it.
If I could live anywhere in the world, it'd be in Fish Camp, CA, just outside the south gate.