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.

To me, that sign says “Attention, fun ahead”

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.