Reader contribution

Reader Jared sent in this image taken last year on the majestic Blue Ridge Parkway. He writes:

I did the whole 469 miles only stopping at a bed-and-breakfast in the middle— even had my wife with me. At first I thought I would tire of it, but mile after mile of perfect curves with smooth tarmac, no decreasing radii, no trucks, and easy-to-see access roads… well, my GPS time until destination decreased hour by hour until it was all over in just under a quarter of what the electric box had estimated. Many thumbs up from bikers and a few passed Ferraris later, I still had a smile on my face, and my wife was still enjoying it. Best to go in the spring, before the many tourists, but after the cold is gone.

Couldn’t agree more, Jared— the Blue Ridge Parkway is a treasure. Can’t wait to go back!

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~ by DL on January 16, 2012.

7 Responses to “Reader contribution”

  1. Nice, props for having his wife with him. My wife….no way, she would be puking.

  2. I am not familiar with the blue ridge parkway, but I don’t really see what the accomplishment was here. Someone apparently drove a top of the line, extremely comfortable and modern sports car across a few hundred miles of tarmac and stopped only once, at a B&B. Its hardly the Dakar… maybe if this was done in some sort of older steel I would see it as an adventure.

    I guess I just don’t see the fun in new cars.

    That all sounds a bit cranky.

    • maybe you misconstrued his remarks as being boastful? for me this post is less about the car seen in the accompanying photo (not mentioned once by the author) and more about the shared love of driving, which i think is a feeling any one of us can readily identify with.

      the closest west coast equivalent to the blue ridge that i can think of is highway 1.

    • The accomplishment was a simple one – someone spent some time enjoying a drive instead of sitting behind a desk (on the internet). An admirable effort I think.

  3. Sounds nothing short of fantastic to me!

  4. Quite right Colin, no accomplishment other than enjoyment- and I feel very lucky to enjoy the car!

  5. I think the BRP is the exact sort of road best enjoyed at high speed in a 911, actually. I think the author knows how to live well ;-)

    PS wasn’t it great how motorcyclists and slower drivers actually have the manners to move over and let you by? I wish drivers here in the Northeast were so conscientious.

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