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Old 03-15-2012, 05:55 PM
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Show and Tell - Where is your Fun Spot with your E9X?

Let's have some fun here.

Using Google Maps/Google Earth post your favorite short blast or longer cruise.

It doesn't have to be fancy and you don't have to name names (notice I have no street names on mine), just show us the road!

This is mine from the post that inspired the thread (Good catch, DSX!)

It's part of my daily commute. Hey, it's not much, but when your total commute is only 12 minutes, every curve counts. My favorite thing about this 90 turn is that I can do it as the left hander using only my clutch to control my speed, and I can still take it at 2.5X the nominally posted speed. BTW: It's 2 lanes in each direction so accuracy counts!

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Because the 325i isn't my regular car, I'll be honest and only post the most fun I've had with that actual car (I swapped the X3 one week with my mother's 325i sport).

I thoroughly enjoyed VA 637 in rural Albemarle County. Driving westbound, it starts off pretty benign but there's a few sweepers that can be taken with serious speed. I started a 100km/h drift around a wide corner; once I realised what happened I put my foot down and slid the entire corner. Traffic is light and there is a small margin of error. Half the corners are blind though.

It's a good thing I don't normally drive her car. I'm pretty sure I'd end up off a mountain cliff or in a ditch one day.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:25 PM
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Earlier in another thread I mentioned a very short rural road I'm on every day, but when I want to really have some fun I head for this one about half an hour from me. It's almost three miles long and what you don't see is the elevation change.

Notice that the road winds mostly through a valley between two mountains. There are repeated elevation changes as you twist back and forth almost roller coaster like off the mountainsides. It can be taken at a speed which really brings out the freude in the fahren, while good sight lines ensure no one else is endangered.

Another plus is that due to the whoop-de-do elevation changes the twin turbos really work for a living. The bass fortissimo of the third gear uphill grunt is mind boggling.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:44 PM
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Here's a shameless plug for the Bimmerfest Climb to the Clouds IV which you can read about in a new thread to be posted later this evening. One of the opportunities you'll have if you attend will be to join a smaller group for a spirited "tour" down Bear Notch Road in Bartlett, NH. This hidden gem will be a lifetime memory. I'm sure any of the drivers who joined the group last year will attest to that.

It's ten miles of the most fun you'll ever have in your car. Alone, that is.
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CA-84 from Woodside to CA-35 and then CA-35 to CA-92. As DSX posted, the elevation change is part of the experience. Once you hit CA-92 you can go East to return to Silicon Valley or go West to the Pacific. Hopefully the URL paste works: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=ca+hig...94061&t=h&z=13

Edit: Well it appears I managed to biff the thumbnail process. Click on the URL for more info on the drive.
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:08 PM
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Route 116 from South Deerfield, MA (A) through Conway, MA to South Ashfield, MA (B).....9.5 miles up one side of a mountain and down the other. All switchbacks, little traffic, and *great* farm country scenery---especially during fall foliage season:

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This is my favorite spot, just outside my hometown. It's two back-country roads in the hills west of the Albany/Schenectady area in Upstate, NY. The elevation change and some of the sharper turns make this little stretch a real hoot. It's about 7 miles if you do the whole loop, up the hill from the Mohawk Valley out to West Glenville Road, and then back down again.



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Old 03-16-2012, 07:43 AM
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Sorry, the title got me distracted. I wasn't thinking about roads...

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Old 03-16-2012, 07:57 AM
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Sorry, the title got me distracted. I wasn't thinking about roads...

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The scenic loop along the Peak-to-Peak Highway and Trailridge Road, and then through Winter Park. Four hours of pure scenic bliss.
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:26 AM
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It's not much, but it is fun. Hampton Tolls. 0 to... uhm... 65 mph with a sweeping curve and often, nobody in front of me.

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Old 03-16-2012, 08:27 AM
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And one more... I don't get out there much, but this section of the Mohawk Trail in NY is great fun through some very hilly terrain. And don't tell anybody in Albany, but the posted speed limit is too high for this stretch of road.

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The local BMW CCA has taken us on a lot of nice drives but the area closest to where I live that I enjoy driving the most is on the way towards Texas Motorspeedway (or generally heading towards Northern Fort Worth.

For our area there are actually some elevation changes here, you're not in suburbia anymore, and the turns are varied and fun. Too often you get stuck behind a slow poke though.
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And one more... I don't get out there much, but this section of the Mohawk Trail in NY is great fun through some very hilly terrain. And don't tell anybody in Albany, but the posted speed limit is too high for this stretch of road.
Good call! That section of Route 2 is quite fun.
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Good call! That section of Route 2 is quite fun.
Ha! So you've been there! I find going from west to east (uphill) is more fun than east to west, but east to west requires more skill in the curves. Having no guard rails just adds to it all.
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Ha! So you've been there! I find going from west to east (uphill) is more fun than east to west, but east to west requires more skill in the curves. Having no guard rails just adds to it all.
Agreed, however the past two times I've headed that way I've been scared to death by the guys on bikes who scream up the hill eastbound. They're a bit more conservative going back in the other direction. It always seems to be prime motorcycle weather whenever I have a chance visit MA.
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There is a dearth of available twisty, fun roads in Houston. So I have made it my personal goal to take every exchange, flyover, clover leaf, etc.. It's the best I can do here. Two particular ones I travel frequently is the exchange from I-10E to 59N and flyover beween 59N and BW8.
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Rt. 151 in western North Carolina from the Blue Ridge Parkway to Candler. As interesting as the Tail of the Dragon without the traffic.

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rt220... between Roanoke, VA and Greensboro, NC. Lots of twists, turns, and elevation changes.... oh and very few "5-0"!
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The scenic loop along the Peak-to-Peak Highway and Trailridge Road, and then through Winter Park. Four hours of pure scenic bliss.
Thank you for posting that one. One of my favorite roads in Colorado.

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There is a dearth of available twisty, fun roads in Houston. So I have made it my personal goal to take every exchange, flyover, clover leaf, etc. at twice the posted limit. It's the best I can do here. Two particular ones I travel frequently is the exchange from I-10E to 59N and flyover beween 59N and BW8.
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Now y'all know why a 90 bend in the road is a "thrill".
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There is a dearth of available twisty, fun roads in Houston. So I have made it my personal goal to take every exchange, flyover, clover leaf, etc. at twice the posted limit. It's the best I can do here. Two particular ones I travel frequently is the exchange from I-10E to 59N and flyover beween 59N and BW8.
Notice any accelerated wear on your left side tires?
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Notice any accelerated wear on your left side tires?
I think Lark is using the term "Cloverleaf" a bit loosely.
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# 1 - TN 129 - sweepers, dips, off-cambers, elevation change, good line of sight, light traffic, no mounties and smoooth pavement. Site of many personal road tests and lots of grins.

#2 - CA 1 to 17 - decreasing radius gotcha. Site of tight puckering the first time around.
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I think Lark is using the term "Cloverleaf" a bit loosely.
Whoaaaa, good catch. We don't have those sorts of things up here in little old NH. If that's what he's messing with I change it to "right side tires."
(In honor of St. Patty's day, I'll add that I know cloverleafs and them ain't no stinkin' cloverleafs!)
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