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Wow....    Marty's picture of "California" looks like most of Grafton, MA.  That could be the road going from the center of town down to my neighborhood (200 foot vertical drop in about 1/2 mile).

I had a nice video to show you, but it's twice as big as I can upload to the site.  I'll think of another way to show it, but the roads around here are perfect for 356/550's.

I will say, that my biking buddies rode across the part of America Marty's grumping about and they said that you could take the two+ weeks it took them to ride past all of those cornfields and shove it - like riding through a green canyon with absolutely NOTHING to see. 

Hey!  I found some video of the neighborhood, stuff from last October out on my bike:


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imageMitch there are a few great roads in west IL near Iowa.  Here is a snap shot.  Its over 2 hours from my house so not very convenient for a casual Drive :-(

This location would be great for a middle of the Country gathering.  Galena, IL.  Great roads and old school supper clubs along the river.  Shopping in town for the ladies too. 




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Every place has something that makes it cool, or at least cool enough.

Out here on the rim of Forgottonia (click on the link. It's a thing), it isn't the topography or the roads. God built this place for corn and beans and it is currently governed by idiots, so exciting roads are a bit hard to come by

... but not impossible. If a guy sniffs around in almost any part of the world, he can come up with something that will light the fuse. For 10 years (+/-), I bicycled hard. This place was built for it: flat, straight roads, reasonably courteous drivers, and a town with a diner every 10 miles or so. On those (many) rides, I found some roads that have become favorites in my speedster.

The cool thing about a speedster (for me, anyhow) is that it's an imperfect platform. At about 110 or so, the front end starts getting light. There's bumpsteer by design. The limits of the suspension are right about at the limits of a 130- 160 hp engine. 6 speeds would be nice, but we are (mostly) limited to 4, unless one is willing to sell his children into indentured servitude. I don't need to be flat out at 165 on the 'ring to feel like Walter Röhrl, I can indulge the fantasy that I'm a good driver in the (relative) safety of more sane roads and more sane speeds. Any hack in a prepped Miata can run circles around somebody good driving a well prepped speedster, and I think that's as it should be. If I want to frighten myself badly, there are any number of late model conveyances that will outrun my abilities in short order.

I'm not one of the beautiful people, so I don't hang out in Lake Geneva or Galena with much regularity, but both places are nice. They'd be a good place for a mid-'merican event, with decent roads and a bunch of history. We can't all be Kalifornia, much as I wish we could-- but I don't live there, and am (usually) OK with that. You play the cards you've been dealt, not the cards you wish you had. Not everybody gets dealt a straight flush, and playing your two pair for a win is something of an art.

I'm jonesing for another "Corn Daze", but I really wish I had my buddy @Panhandle Bob to help me with it.

Saw this beast and fell in love with it last month while at the Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance.

          1960 Porsche RS-60 - Serial Number 718-041



Driven by Jo Bonnier and Hans Herrmann, this is the actually car that won the 44 mile 10-lap Targa Florio back in 1960.  

It was later raced by Graham Hill, Olivier Gendebien, and Stirling Moss.

Graham Hill

             Graham Hill


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