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Old 09-01-2013, 10:12 PM   #1
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BRZ Great WA Drives - what I did during my vacation week

With a week's vacation from work and the wife and kids off in LongBeach, I decided to spend the free days I had driving my BRZ on some of Washington's awesome curvy roads before joining them!


Day 1 - Shoreline to Concrete via WA9 and South Skagit Hwy (curvy road that follows south side of the river).
Day 2 - Shoreline to Mount Baker via WA9 and WA542 (great twisty road to the end).
Day 3 - Shoreline to Winthrop via WA530 to Darrington then WA20 to Winthrop (best curvy road in WA and my favorite)
Day 4 - Shoreline to Long Beach WA via I5, WA8, WA12, US101
Day 5 - Long Beach WA to Shoreline via US101, WA3, WA104

Total miles driven 1,300+ (most of them curvy roads as I avoided the boring interstate slab as much as possible)

A couple of crappy phone cam shots I took during the trip, most of the time I didn't want to stop driving and having fun:






The last one was some cool thunderstorm clouds in Darrington right before a huge downpour started that made it hard to see anything, all I could do was try to drive out of it and hope for no hail, thankfully just very heavy rain and wind driven crap flying off trees to worry about.

5 days of nothing but smiles! loved every minute of it and the BRZ was the perfect car for this. Awesome way to spend my summer vacation week.
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Old 09-01-2013, 10:29 PM   #2
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Very nice, what a fun trip it must have been
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Old 09-01-2013, 11:27 PM   #3
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Man I should've joined you.
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very nice i'd love to that someday. The mountain scenery looks amazing.
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Man I should've joined you.
Heh, next time I'll stop by your work and you can make an excuse to play hooky and go drive some twisty roads

Now I just need to wash 1300mi worth of dead bugs and thunderstorm rain crap from my car...
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Could be worse. Got bombed by a flock of birds on my way from autocon, which I just washed my car for 5 hours earlier....
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Looked like a fun trip ..... thanks for sharing ....

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Did you go off-roading
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Awesome route! How was the road quality?
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Thanks for the nice comments, no offroading from me hehe.

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Awesome route! How was the road quality?
WA542 has some patched asphalt sections just near the end/top but nothing that is dangerous.

WA20 is amazing quality roads all the way, they keep it clean and it was evident they had recently cleaned up some mudslide in one section.

I recommend checking the WADOT website before heading out in case there is some construction or something.

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I drove out to the Gorge for Black Sabbath a couple weeks ago, it would have been a lot more fun were it not for the awful road quality on I-90. All the interstates get so worn down from wet conditions keeping grit on the road, I-90 is worse thanks to the snow. It was still a fun drive, though.

Going home to Lacey from JBLM when there's I-5S traffic, I love taking the Mounts Rd. exit to Old Pacific Hwy > 7th Ave > Steilacoom Rd. SE. Get some speed going and then fly up the winding hill, it's a nice little rush on the way home.
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