Hooniverse Asks- What's Your Favorite Road?

Most hoons like to drive, and many of us never get the chance to set tire to track. But that doesn’t stop us from enjoying a fine-handling car, and even at legal speeds there’s many a road that can be both challenging and entertaining- in the right car.

One of my favorites is Hwy 1- the Pacific Coast Highway, through the central coast. Starting just outside of Cambria there are rolling hills, gentle curves and lots of passing lanes. But once you get north of San Simeon the road takes on a decidedly different flavor, cutting back and forth along the mountainside in a seemingly endless series of sweeping S-curves and blind corners, all the way up to Monterey. Along the way there’s a number of posh places to stop for a refreshment – like the Ventana Spa and Nepenthe restaurant.  Additionally, there’s spectacular vistas almost the entire drive. Having once made this drive in a ’67 Maserati Mistral spider, I can attest to its sports car-taxing creds.

So, I’ve shown you mine, now it’s time to reciprocate and show us yours. What’s your favorite road? It could be  little more than an on-ramp on the way to work that you can take balls-out Or, like my PCH, it might be a reverential slice of asphalt that proves that while the crow’s route may be more direct, he isn’t having half as much fun.

Image sources: [Bestbits.org, Pashnit.com]

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  1. When I have a nice car in the driveway, my saturday morning starts as follows:
    -Wake up on the bright, hop in car and head to starbucks – then proceed to take Harbor Blvd to the 405-S. 405-S leads me to Cars & Coffee… I hang around here for an hour or more, then hop on to the 405-N but get off right away onto the 133. This leads me on a brief but back end route to Laguna Beach. Here I hook up with PCH heading north. I follow this to me next starbucks, which is located in Newport Coast. Here they are actually trying to revive the original Cars & Coffee, so some lingering super cars can be found in the parking lot. After I get my 2nd cup of morning wake up fluid, I hop back onto 1-N, through Corona Del Mar, Newport Beach, and ultimately back to Huntington Beach.
    The route is not amazing, but I love it as a morning routine in a great car… this weekend is not such a case as the 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 is not exactly awe-inspiring behind the wheel…

  2. I don't have a typical favorite road to drive on, but maybe there are some Metro Detroiters here who can back me up on this one.
    696, just after evening rush hour, when the whole road seems to be going a minimum of 85, traffic is still heavy, cars are following way too close, and we're all hauling ass together! I have fun driving that road at that time!

      1. Yeah that's some insanity. I spent the majority of my life driving the Dan Ryan on weekends to go see grams and gramps down there. (I grew up outside of Milwaukee) That's some crazy drivin'!

    1. I-696 – The Channel of Death
      90mph SPRINT to a ScReAChInG HALT!
      Glad I only had to commute on it for 1 month…(Woodward to NWern Hwy)
      Always avoided rush hour wlike The Plague when I had to go to Ford (from Romeo) unless it was unavoidable.
      I got your back on this one, AoA!

  3. Since KS is deficient of many interesting roads and I have possibly one of the slowest modern vehicles
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    I usually have a lot of fun exploring the back country.

    1. My mother-in-law is 78. She still does "dirt trips" with her brother all over KS. He's got a big poster in his home showing a road a lot like this with the caption, "Dare To Do Dirt!"

      1. Does this mean blasting down the roads at high speed in a 4WD vehicle? This is one of the unofficial pastimes of any Coloradan with access to a Subaru (about 1/3 of the state). I wouldn't be surprised if the next generation of great rally drivers come from some backwoods town in Colorado rather than Finland.

  4. Some of my best memories are of riding Paradise Road. No, really, that's its name!
    Washington State Route 706, aka. from WA-7 to the Paradise lodge area halfway up the side of Mount Rainier.
    I haven't been there in decades, but back when I was stationed at Ft. Lewis (1982-85), we used to ride our bikes there all the time . On the weekends it was horribly crowed with tourists and RVs, but one memorable Tuesday morning at about 10 AM, we had clear road ahead 90% of the trip.

    1. WA 7, unfortunately, runs through that traffic light hell known as Spanaway and Parkland. It becomes much more entertaining south of Silver Lake. But you have to get there first.

  5. These days I do my dual-sport motorcycle hooning in the forests of MN, since I'm just barely on the ND side of the Red River. It's hard to pick a favorite but one notable road is Height-of-Land, which turns into a rally car stage for the Ojibwe Forests Rally as this Subaru demonstrates:
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    In the car I like MN State Highway 113, which I'll run up and down till the Thunderbird's brakes start shuddering from the heat (which is about one trip out and back.)

  6. Seven Lakes Drive near Bear Mountain, NY. It's about 40 miles upstate from NYC. It's a great It's a group of roads through a state park. 40 mph speed limit and some of the roads are narrow, but they have some great curves to them. it's relatively vacant in the middle of the day during the week, though it gets crowded during the weekends and they close it from Dec. through March.

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