'Spent the last half of last week in western NC and had the chance to explore for some fun driving and found one stretch that was worth hitting. Hwy 176 between Saluda NC and Tryon goes down through a river gorge paralleling the river and hugging vertical rock walls.Trees were just barely starting to turn. Air was cool, crisp, and clear. It was about 5 or 6 miles long with a lot of short straights and nicely banked switch-backs. The down hill lane was a single lane, but, I did not catch anyone so it was clear sailing. The up hill lanes have passing areas every mile or so. I caught a few cars on the up hill run but the passing lanes came up quickly and I was again in 2nd gear pulling past the slow pokes and carving curves. The rock walls give a nice effect of bouncing the turbo whine back at ya'. Pulling through 2nd gear repeatedly sounded great. Fun drive. I expect there are some more like it in that general vecinity. Anyone know of any other fun runs in that area? I know the vaunted 'Tail of the Dragon' is TN, north of this area, but, it is a little far. I'll have to do a little more exploring next time I'm up that way.