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Moving to the great PNW, what are the coolest roads for a cruise

Hey guys , I'm going to be moving to the Redmond area after the new year and I was wondering what the roads are like out there. Are they driveable year round or do I have to put the car away for the winter months. Also wht are some of the more twisty/scenic drives. I'll be living in Woodinville so any pelicans out there who'd like to host me to the area would be appreciated. Pizza and beer are on me.

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Old 09-30-2006, 12:52 PM
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I hope you don't mind me latching on to your questions. Julie and I are future PNWers too. Not 'til '08, but we'll be out there.

FWIW my understanding is winters are more wet than "wintery"...so you should be OK.
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I've only had my 964 for about 5 months but plan on driving it during the winter. Rain is the only problem, and occasionaly it snows but not often.
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Get some good rain tires with good tread and drive according to the conditions and you will be fine. Many of us drive year round and we would be happy to have you join us. Look forward to meeting you. Oh, come join us on every second saturday of the month at the XXX Rootbeer in Issaquah. See the sticky at the top of the PNWR forum.
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Sounds good, thanks for the welcome. So exactly how much rain do you guys really get out there?
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Compared to Florida rains, it does not even rain here. What we get is an ongoing drizzle/sprinkle and gray and cloudy(here's the bad part) from about October/November through March/April.

Never once seen a hurricane, gator or water moccasin though!!

Tons of curvey, coastal, mountain and desert roads around.
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Sounds good, thanks for the welcome. So exactly how much rain do you guys really get out there?
You every sleep in a wet suit?

It rains quite a bit here during the winter. But the summers are long and dry, with no humidity. Really nice. I would describe the weather all year round as 'mild', but then again I'm from the midwest.

As for driving, I have an 82 targa, and a boxster, and I drive both all year round. It rarely below freezing, and they don't use salt on the roads.

Plenty of twistys around. No worries mate. Damn nice scenery as well. Driving through the mountains on a nice day....nothing better. Living in Redmond, you will have easy access to some great roads.

Welcome!!! The wife and I moved out here around 3 years ago. We had a lot of options on the table at that point, and we took less $$$ to live in Seattle. ZERO regrets. Such a great town.
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Norm: If you will be in the Redmond/Woodinville area, the good roads east of there will become your backyard. Roads are usually wet all winter, so best to keep your speed in check and work on being fast and smooth. Plenty here to show you around. CU at the XXX...
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You guys sound like a good bunch, I'll see you all early 07.
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welcome!

cool roads? just start driving, you'll find more than you can imagine
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You guys sound like a good bunch, I'll see you all early 07.
Nah, were just a bunch of cranky old women.

Now, where's my POR-15, it's time to rust proof the old bod' 'til spring.
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Ive had to try and find every possible way to Kent from the border (lucky me, on fridays) Coming out at Sumas and taking hwy 9 you cant go 100 yrds without it twistn. Depending on the time of day, Ive been the only one on it for miles.It takes twice as long as the I-5 and the fun stops at Sedro Wolley. A few lakes on the way and tree covered, its a nice change from the 5.
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FWIW there are loads of twisty roads from just south of Mt. Vernon all the way down to Hwy. 18.
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Wow! should be a hoot to drive some of those roads in my MINI as well.
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even 18 isnt too bad but hit the brakes at the bottom of the hill, the cops let you coast at the natural 70mph you go but dont keep it up....they'l nail ya
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this most awesome of roads is within 30 minutes of your new home. all single lane, all one-way;








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Nize, thanks for the pics. I can't wait to live next to some exciting roads. I've been to the tail of the dragon in North Carolina about four times but it's about nine hours from Jax, so it should be awesome to have a fun backyard for a change.
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i've heard of the tail of the dragon road. i will drive it some day.
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here's a good write-up on the tail of the dragon;
http://www.mensjournal.com/adventure/0608/road_tennessee.html

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