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    CT: Any area's for a fun drive?

    Anyone have any nice area's to cruise around at in central CT area?

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    I know of a couple in the Simsbury/Granby/New Hartford areas. I'll give you rough directions but make sure to scout them out first with mapquest, or google maps.

    Simsbury - to - Ski Sundown
    1. Start out on route 309 heading west. You will head up into the hills hitting some nice twisty's along the way.
    2. Turn left onto route 179 (Cherry Brook Rd) and it's a nice straight blast for less than a mile.
    3. Turn right onto Wright Rd., this turn comes up fast if you are going real quick. This is a long twisty section of back roads; narrow, hilly, and twisty. This is the meat of this run.
    4. Turn left onto Ratlum and you will come down to Ski Sundown shortly after that.

    Optional - At this point you can continue on Ratlum down to route 219, make a right and follow the road that goes around the reservoir. It's another nice little section of twisty, and blind corners.

    Firetown Road, Simsbury
    This is an easy short one with a nice section towards the end.

    1. Start at the intersection of west street and route 10, and head west on West St.
    2. Make the first right onto Firetown road at the stop light.
    3. Follow Firetown road all the way to the end. The first few miles are all residential so you have to watch your speed but once you pass Old Farms Rd the population thins out and you can open it up as you blast through the woods all the way to the end, at Simsbury Rd.
    4. At the stop sign, you can either make a right and head back to route 10, or you can go left and head North into Granby and then go west towards the Barkhamsted reservoir.

    Albany Turnpike - NW CT
    Someone posted in another thread that it's a great drive heading up to Limerock Park, and it is. Another way to get up to that corner of CT is to take the Albany Turnpike (route 44). It's a long trip, because of all the stop and go along the way, but there are some great sections of road on your way up to route 7. Just bring plenty of CDs because you will start to loose the radio stations as you get away from Hartford.

    Anyways, hope that helps have fun. And I feel the need to say it, be careful because these are public roads yada yada yada. Kids are worth double points.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iwanbo
    Anyone have any nice area's to cruise around at in central CT area?
    ever been to the devil's hopyard? Fireball_jones took us there when I was home and we had some fun. I dont remember everyone that went but there was like 6 of us including aimetti and fantomas. When I get back I'm hoping to go again so if we do Ill set up a thread for a meet.

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    Anyone know of any other fun drives....???
    former suby driver... current saab driver

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jhawley
    Anyone know of any other fun drives....???
    The northwestern hill area has a lot of nice, non-congested roads . I ride my bike that way a lot. From Waterbury, Try 84W to 7N to 63S to 118E to 8S back to Waterbury.

    Also, If you want to continue further, the Berkshires in MA are a a blast as well. Instead of turning onto 63 from 7, stay on Rt. 7N up through MA until you hit Rt. 2. Take 2E through the mountains to 112S to 9W to 8S back to Waterbury.

    Central CT sucks for driving/riding with all the dense traffic.
    Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, start.

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    The hopyard is a nice ride, on the coast i find rts 77 adn 79 are fun, as well as 81. All 45mph zones, few cops, abundant passing zones, twisties (77 is the best) and nice country scenery. For you highway blasters, 691 to 91n, to 9n to 84 is a really fun blast after 10pm, the concrete sections of 9 are very consistent for high speeds when dry. The banking is nice too. Perhaps the best section of road is 15, the merritt parkway from exits 52 to 27 where it becomes the hutchinson in ny. That one is obvious, few cops because it's passenger only, but beware on weekends in daylight, they hang out in fairfield and milford. Now for the last one, rt 8n from the merritt/wilbur cross exit all the way up through winsted until it becomes two lane, then continue until you reach mass rt 20 east, and take it over to 91s, it's very scenic, takes about 1.5hours, and you'll prolly only see a couple other cars when you're off rt8. I can think of about 5 million other really chill locations, so if you have a specific region of the state you want to know about, drop me a line.

    edit:if any of you live in central ct, meriden area; in south meriden there is a road, called river rd, runs along the quinnipiac from the village. For years i've used this road for testing suspension upgrades, the banking, pavement material, and psuedo straights for like 1 mile allows me to easily repeat my line consistently, which helps in guaging how much the mods helped, and not how much better you're driving. Beware since this winter, eastbound lane has small pothole after the wall. It's a real hoot in anything really, even just to wail on the beater.
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    Rt 201 from Rt-395 to Rt-2 in Ct

    This stretch of road is a great run later at night once the pokey drivers have gone to bed but it's a fun twisty two lane road full of turns & undulations.
    Rt-201 connects to RT-395 at Hopeville Pond (North of Norwich, CT) and runs across the countryside to Rt-2, just East of Foxwoods casino.
    I usualy come back this way on my way home from Wachusett Mt in the winter months and it's always a blast.

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    off topic... Looking to go for a sunday night cruise... I'll prob. go around 6:30-7ish .... Leaving from Southington. Let me know if anyone is interested. not sure where i'm goin yet ... up for suggestions.

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