I decided last night I should go for a drive. I know the vintage was this weekend, but I don’t really have much fun going to car meets or shows alone; something I do enjoy doing alone is going for a drive.
I started looking for a fun road near me with an app I’ve had on my phone for 3 years now and never really used. There wasn’t really anything near me, but there are were a couple routes in NC and it’s really not that far from me. Then I remember Jordan had mentioned something about US 276. It’s on there, so I figure I should go drive it. Just look at those roads and their curves.
Now, there has a been a threat of rain all week in Greenville, so I assumed it was about the same for the roads I would be driving on. It looked like most of the threat of rain would be in the afternoon, plus I was on brand new rubber, so I figured that it wouldn’t be the end of the world if it rained.
So I gassed up the M3, and hit the road. The drive to US 276 was pretty uneventful. It did drizzle a little but nothing to worry about. That was until I was about 10 minutes from US 276 when I saw some ominous looking clouds. Five minutes away from the road, it started to downpour. Great, this 90 minute drive up here for nothing. When I turned on to 276, it started raining so hard that I couldn’t see more than 100 feet in front of me. Well, I came all this way, I might as well at least drive it. I’m glad I stuck with it, as this turned into one of the best drives I’ve ever been on.
The roads were wet and slick so I couldn’t push it, but good news there isn’t anyone in front of me. At least I don’t have to worry about traffic. I’m enjoying the road, but truth be told, it would be so much better if it was dry. Since I couldn’t really push it, I pulled over to at least take a picture of my car.
I thought I messed up, right as I got back into my car, a van and a Jeep came around the corner. Great, now it’s wet and I’m stuck behind two cars. However, as we got to the summit, they both inexplicably turned off. The roads were a little dryer and the my path was now clear. I tore down the back side. I’ve owned the M3 since July 2014 and this is the first time I’ve been able to let it loose on a mountain road.
Holy shit, this thing is incredible.
It just strings the corners together. The steering is prefect. Does feel a but understeery, but then again I’m not really pushing it. When I got to the end of the twisty bit, I came up on a guy in a pickup going slow, but once we came to a place where he could pull over, he did and let me by.
There was some mostly straight roads to the next road on my list NC 215. As I approach NC 215, the roads are getting dryer and it doesn’t look like it’s going to rain any more.
When I get to NC 215, what awaits me? Dry tarmac.
NC 215 was just as good as US 276. There were a couple people on it, but they were quickly dispelled with a lower gear.
I finish NC 215 and assume that’s it for fun roads, but no, NC has one more treat for me, US 178.
It’s even dryer, and I’m feeling more confident. This is where I really open it up and am flying. The corners seem to be slightly less than what was on the previous two roads, but that just means I can go faster. Changing directions in the M3 is just something else. It handles it so well. I said this earlier, but the steering is phenomenal.
After this road, it is back to boring normal roads. I had a blast today, one of the best drives of my life. I can’t believe it’s taken me almost 4 years to find roads like this. I see a return trip in my future, when it’s not raining.
For those of you who are interested, this was pretty much my route.