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post #31 of 45
One of the most memorable roads I've ever driven was highway 120 east of 395 to Benton, CA. The first part takes you by Mono Lake with great views. Latter on you'll come on the unique part. While most fun roads have good turns what makes this section special is the total lack of grading done when the road was built. Driving the speed limit (50mph) there were many times the seatbelt was the only thing holding us down. The lumps were so severe that I can remember times when the only thing I could see out the windshield was sky. This is a bit scary, trust me. It's been at least 10 years, don't know if it's changed. Closest think to a roller coaster ride in a car.

Steve
post #32 of 45
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Well, you've got me on scenrey...however I was fortunate enough to be in the Mille Miglia retrospective twice...the roads in Umbria and Toscana are great, and both the Futa and Radicosa passes outside Firenze were fabulous....Italian cars, basically no speed limits and Carabinari waving you through towns and intersections....Bellisimo!

I've video that one day I'll post on Youtube.
Dear Flavia man,

My apologies, It took me 24 hours to associate your ID!

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Lancia has made some great cars. Many years ago I was given a ride in a Strato, with a Ferrari V6 in the back of a car smaller than a Mini (and I mean the original Mini);

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My Father in Law had a Delta 1300. The rally version was the first of the "Killer B's". So fast they had to outlaw the entire rally class.
The Delta Integrale S4 was a transverse front engine all-wheel-drive turbo racer long before Mitsubishi or Subaru had their Rally cars on the scene.

This video gets it right! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3Mag...2Dgroup%2Db%2F

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post #33 of 45
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Yeah, I'll definitely second 550 from Durango to Ouray. First time I drove it I had no idea what I was getting into. I had just finished a day at Purgatory that started with about six inches of new and ended up with over a foot. Telluride got a couple of feet that day. Wifey was very nervous but took comfort in the thought that it couldn't be that dangerous because they wouldn't allow winter travel if peeps really ever drove over the edge.
FYI, from Purg going back to Durango, Mancos, Dolores over Lizard Head Pass is about the same time (maybe a bit quicker, depending on conditions) to Telluride on less dicey roads....other than the section from just before the pass and past Ophir, it's mostly highway driving up the Dolores valley.
post #34 of 45
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Tru dat. I've always found Berthoud to be a fun drive. It's amusing to me that skiers talk about the pass being a reason to choose Summit County over Winter Park. I'd much rather navigate the pass in sketchy conditions than drive 25 miles on clean and green interstate. I suppose if I were in a truck I might have a different opinion.
During my 'sabbatical' from CU, I lived in WP and loved the frequent drives (and cranking turns) over the pass on my motorcycle, coupled with Clear Creek or other Canyon roads off of 119, The 'Freak to Freak' Highway (aka Peak to Peak). A college bud had a '64 (?) or so Jenson Healey which we toured a lot of the Front range canyons with including RMNP....pure fun.

Heading down to Big D or Boulder on a weekend it was bumper vehicles going up while no one in my lane....same for the reverse in the evenings or end of the weekend.
post #35 of 45
This is one of the most talked about Fun Rides in the Motorcycle Club!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqtdJKM5Mfk
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post #36 of 45
The Aston Clinton hill climb, where Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin used to enter their cars for races.

I've ridden up it on a bike a few times (and that's hard work). Haven't taken the Alfa up it yet, that will be fun!


Others:
TT course (IoM)
Atlantic Drive (Donegal)
Ingwiller-Wimmenau-Lemberg-Bitche-Bremendell-Ludwigswinkel-Dahn (can't remember the next town you go to, but it's a great run from France into Germany, use a rental car, as one of the roads isn't officially a road... )
post #37 of 45
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Originally Posted by Wear The Fox Hat View Post
The Aston Clinton hill climb, where Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin used to enter their cars for races.

I've ridden up it on a bike a few times (and that's hard work). Haven't taken the Alfa up it yet, that will be fun!


Others:
TT course (IoM)
Atlantic Drive (Donegal)
Ingwiller-Wimmenau-Lemberg-Bitche-Bremendell-Ludwigswinkel-Dahn (can't remember the next town you go to, but it's a great run from France into Germany, use a rental car, as one of the roads isn't officially a road... )
Fox, something tells me you'd be one fun dude to navigate in a rally car.
post #38 of 45
As Phil can verify, the hills where I live used to be a sports car paradise, Hunterdon and Bucks counties had all sorts of twisty country lanes and I spent many happy days and nights blasting around in any variety of cars from TR-3's, Midgets and our mainstay ... Ford Pinto.

F'ig deer! We took my C5 out a few months ago toward midnight to relive some of those times; Wally was driving. I drove all of our rally stuff not because I'm a better driver, he is, but he is a whizz at rapid calculations (read smarter ).

So we started down our favorite (deserted at that time), roads ..... but ... deer to the right .... deer left ..... herd blocking the road ... :

So, after I dropped him off I figured that I had to "run it out to clean the plugs" and at stop light (that I slowed to catch), started to work the gear box and as I shifted into second caught sight of something in the headlights ..... a flipping dead deer across both lanes (4 lane highway, Rt. 202).

The only "accident" that I've had with my Volvo XC came when I stopped to let a deer cross and his idiot "friend" ran into the passenger side and took out a fender and door.

What a waste .... why bother having any "zoomie"? I just want to rig the truck with spikes and pikes and run through a here of those ..... bloody vermin.
post #39 of 45
Highway 1 in northern California.
post #40 of 45
Of the winding, scenic roads I've been on in the U.S. and Canada, these are my favorites:

U.S. 550 in Colorado: Durango to Ouray via Silverton during aspen season.

Certain stretches of the Pacific Coast highway in southern Oregon and northern California: U.S. 101 between Port Orford and Brookings OR; US. 101 between Crescent City and Eureka, CA; and California 1 between Leggett and Fort Bragg and then again through Big Sur.

U.S. 89 in Montana through the Paradise valley from Livingston to the north entrance of Yellowstone.

Utah 12 from Escalante to Capitol Reef.

Idaho 75 from Ketchum to Stanley.

U.S. 12 on the Idaho side of Lolo pass along the Lochsa River to about where the Lochsa meets the Selway river.

B.C. 31-A from Kaslo to New Denver.

NM 4 from Los Alamos to Jemez Springs in the fall.


I still want to drive from Glenallen to Valdez, AK and also along icefields parkway in Canada and the road to before I finalize my list though
post #41 of 45
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Of the winding, scenic roads I've been on in the U.S. and Canada, these are my favorites:

Utah 12 from Escalante to Capitol Reef.
The knife ridge and the whole drive from Boulder to Escalante is definitely right up there. Are you talking about the northern part of Capital Reef or the South? From taking the ferry across Lake Powell (or downn from Hite/Hanksilvle) to Bullfrog and paralleling the Reef from the south and cutting through it onto the Burr Trail to Boulder and on to Escalante is worth checking out.

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NM 4 from Los Alamos to Jemez Springs in the fall.
Since the fire? Beautiful and fun, none the less.....not as at much so with a carsick kid. :
post #42 of 45
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Utah 12 from Escalante to Capitol Reef.
Good one.

Kinda of a hi-jack but has anyone else see this show? The Long Way Round Two Men, Two Bikes, 20,000 Miles. McGregor and Charley Boorman travel round the world on motorbikes. It was excellent. Here's the Trailer on You-tube... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk_Qkz_5ti8

Also, and again it's not really for going fast, but I can't believe that nobody has said the road to Hana on Maui.
post #43 of 45
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Are you talking about the northern part of Capital Reef or the South? From taking the ferry across Lake Powell (or down from Hite/Hanksilvle) to Bullfrog and paralleling the Reef from the south and cutting through it onto the Burr Trail to Boulder and on to Escalante is worth checking out.
I was talking about the northern part; I've never been on the Burr trail but have always heard it went through some amazing country. Thanks for the head up!

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Since the fire? Beautiful and fun, none the less.....not as at much so with a carsick kid. :
Aargh! A carsick kid would definitely alter the experience. I haven't been in the Jemez since that big fire that burned through the town of Los Alamos, so I've still got this memory of ponderosa, fir, spruce, and aspen under that blue New Mexico sky.
post #44 of 45
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Originally Posted by Gnarlito View Post
Of the winding, scenic roads I've been on in the U.S. and Canada, these are my favorites:

U.S. 550 in Colorado: Durango to Ouray via Silverton during aspen season.

Certain stretches of the Pacific Coast highway in southern Oregon and northern California: U.S. 101 between Port Orford and Brookings OR; US. 101 between Crescent City and Eureka, CA; and California 1 between Leggett and Fort Bragg and then again through Big Sur.

U.S. 89 in Montana through the Paradise valley from Livingston to the north entrance of Yellowstone.

Utah 12 from Escalante to Capitol Reef.


Idaho 75 from Ketchum to Stanley.

U.S. 12 on the Idaho side of Lolo pass along the Lochsa River to about where the Lochsa meets the Selway river.

B.C. 31-A from Kaslo to New Denver.

NM 4 from Los Alamos to Jemez Springs in the fall.


I still want to drive from Glenallen to Valdez, AK and also along icefields parkway in Canada and the road to before I finalize my list though
I'm still dizzy from driving Highway 12 on a rafting trip. Have you ever rafted the Lochsa?
post #45 of 45
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I'm still dizzy from driving Highway 12 on a rafting trip. Have you ever rafted the Lochsa?
I wish. It is such a beautiful river. The only Idaho river I've rafted is the lower Salmon from Riggins to the Snake River. And I've rowed/drifted the South Fork and the Henry's Fork, if that counts...

That would be a great thread for the moving-water enthusiasts among us: top 10 or 5 or 1 scenic river journey(s).
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