Seize the moment....impromptu Viper Drive

Discussion in 'California: Northern' started by Ratical2, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. Ratical2

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    John and I hooked up for lunch and as neither one us had prior commitments fpr the afternoon, we headed for the hills. I wanted show John one of the driving routes that I had planned for an event last year but was rained out.
    The weather is fabulous for this time of year ( in the 70's) and had me wishing I could go topless in the GTS.
    It was great to show John some roads less traveled that he didn't know existed.

    We started the first leg of our journey going up Alum rock to Highway 130 up over the foothills.
    I got to briefly chat with a San Jose Police office on the way up and then we ran into a little road construction after Grandview Inn that allowed me to chat with a California Highway Patrol Officer who asked me, "Now, you two aren't racing each other up here, are you?" To which I replied, " Of course not, we are just enjoying the twisties!" He nodded and we were on our way.

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    At Grant Ranch with Lick Observatory off in the distance.
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    John is a happy camper today!
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    Heading up Quimby Road from Grant Ranch
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    At the top of Quimby looking down on San Jose from an elevation a little over 2000ft.
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    Instead of going all the way up Mount Hamilton to Lick Observatory we dropped back over on Quimby road to make our way over to San Felipe Road and out to Metcalf. This is a beautiful stretch of smooth winding road that is a dream to drive in a Viper. At this point we still had some time before we had to head back and went west on Bailey up and over to McKeen road. We took McKeen south around Chesburo Res and looped back North around Uves res. All together we drove about 100 miles of beautiful winding back roads to start a great weekend.
     
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  2. 72hemi

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    That was such a great run! It was too beautiful of a day to waste inside or at work :)
     
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    Looks like fun! Janis and I go almost every weekend when the sun is out. I wished we lived closer.
     
  4. Ratical2

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    Yeah, so do I!!!
     
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    Awesome! Looks like a blast. I'm headed up to Skyline/Alice's for some cruising around today!
     
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    Ben, your post count is way high! A pretty mean feat since you joined less than a year ago...... :)

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    Next time we will give you a shout before we head out.
     
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    That is one hell of a post count.
     
  8. Ratical2

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    For those interested, this is a map of most of the route that we took. It is mostly ranch land and quite beautiful anytime of the year.

    http://g.co/maps/3jbza
     
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    Yeah, averaging 14 mil per day has been rough...
     
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    Yup, that's about 166 post per second, that is some fast typing... :)

    How was Skyline? I have never driven it. I have only crossed over it.
     
  11. Fatboy 18

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    That's some nice scenery, looked like fun :)
     
  12. Ratical2

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    Thanks Mark! Did you make it to Colorado?
     
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    More pictures from the same route,different day.

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    Sadly not, Its my sons exam year, so hopefully things will settle down and will be able to get out there in 2013 :)
     

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