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Roads are great! (archive)

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Posted by kwillmorth on August 07, 2000 at 10:08:25:

In Reply to: Ok, I'm back - and a question 4 West. Coast ppl posted by CoupeDude on August 06, 2000 at 03:23:21:

We just spent 7hrs driving the desert mountain roads between San Diego and LA on Saturday. This was after a 2 hr rally Friday night in the mountains north of LA.

East of the coast are mountain ranges offering excellent opportunities. Last weekend we spent 16 hours driving in the desert over 2 days, without getting on a freeway. You just stay off the major county and state stuff and hit the 2 lane bak-country roads. Southern California has more driving opportunities than most of us have time to drive. Then you've got Willow Springs, Button Willow and Las Vegas Speedway for BMW CCA schools, not to mention several Auto-X gigs (like Qualcom park in San Diego). Then of course further north you have Thunder Hill and Laguna Seca.... more fun!

We do, on average, 300 to 400 miles every weekend driving the mountains and deserts, or doing a school when they occur. We do road rally racing 3 times a month, including runs as long as 12 hours without ever driving a freeway.

We do NOT have the green lush stuff, with grassy plains and waterfalls (except for a few short weeks in the early spring, some seasons). We also have little rain, so you can essentially count on driving your tires off every weekend, all year round and never have to wash salty muck off the car! You want snow? Then hit the mountains and get your fill. Big difference is, you won't be shoveling it out of your driveway.

And the Southwest offers some of the most kick-butt touring opportunities! From the run north up the entire National Forests, where you could take a week getting to San Francisco and not drive all the twisty stuff available, or the Grand Canyon trip on back-roads, or the original Route 66, to desert runs of 130mph blasts for miles, if that's what floats your boat. Arizona is close buy and offers back-country driving in the mountains near Flagstaff, not to mention New Mexico, and Nevada. And if you get really needy, Colorado and Utah are not that far away. You can drive yourself into exhaustion over a four day weekend from So. Cal to Utah and back!

I've lived in the east and driven east coast roads. Way big fun, and equal to anything in So. Cal for interest and challenging driving. I miss the cafe runs on mortorcycles through some of the lushest landscapes I have ever seen.... However, I dig this area just as much. We don't have the green, but we do have the roads, to be sure!

For those who think So. Cal is all freeways and 4 lane flats, you need to get away from the cost and explore east and north of the cities! However, if you do happen to see an Imola Red M coupe come up fast in your rear view mirror, please show some courtesy and get the heck outa my way! OK?

What kind of cool roads can I get out there?

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