Holy hell I'm finally here. I've been prepping and planning for weeks and I'm finally here on my road trip. For reference, I'm actually on night 2 as I type. Just the way it worked out.
Halfway through my stay-at-home order, I heard about some guys setting the new cannonball record, and it made me realize I need to do the cannonball at least once in my life. And then I realized... When will there ever be a better time? I'm being paid not to work, traffic is thin, had prices are rock bottom, and I'll never get 3 weeks in a row off for at least the next decade. Why 3 weeks?
Well, I also realized that driving straight to LA and back would be boring as fuck (since I have no passengers and I'm not trying to do it fast), so I decided to add the PCH in. And then I thought about adding in some fun driving roads. And then I added in every fun driving road.
I'm on a round trip around the US attempting to hit almost every "driver's" road it has to offer. Now, that opens up two questions:
- what defines a driving road?
- how do I pick which ones to drive?
I define a "driver's" road as one meant to be appreciated primarily by the driver: Tail of the Dragon. Pikes Peak. Mulholland Highway. Twisty, curvy roads that don't need tossed of horsepower to appreciate - even if all you have is a GTI, or an AE86
I'll briefly go into my car and how I'm laying it out, but what I've done can be found on my build thread here.
I decided that, since I don't have a passenger, I can free up space and remove the passenger seat. I wanted to tote everything, but I didn't want totes and coolers and stuff sliding around on tight turns, flying around under heavy braking. So I took the cargo net and - with the help of some paracord - redesigned it to cover my back seat.
My journey starts in NH with a car full of parts destined for a couple of our very own members. Two stops in CT and one in NJ, and I'm officially obligation-free.
Along the way I'm going to see the Blue Ridge Parkway, Tunnel of Trees, Mulholland Highway, Tail of the Dragon, Pikes Peak, PCH, Bonneville Salt Flats, and tons more.
I'm gonna try to segment the individual days into their own comments so I can add more than 10 pics.
This whole thread will prob be worth checking through, but you can get the highlights in these links: