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Did my first proper blat of the year this morning with @Pokey.  It's unseasonably warm in the Seattle area this weekend, hitting 80F yesterday with today's expected high just a little cooler.  We opted for an early start to avoid the crowds, leaving my house around 7:45 when temps were still in the mid 40s, and returned a couple of hours later to temps 20F higher.  Perfect weather and shockingly, almost no traffic.  Not even bicycles.  

 

If you live on Seattle's Eastside, I highly recommend Ben Howard Rd, which runs along the South side of State Route 2 between Monroe and Gold Bar.  Great set of undulating twisties that dead end after ~15 miles, forcing you to pull a U-turn and do it all over again.  Life is hard.  The only down side is the number of blind crests.  As you approach, you have no idea what's on the other side: Straight?  Gentle corner?  Hair pin?  Left?  Right?  Chipmunk (just missed one of those on the return leg)?  Consequently you frequently find yourself lifting or feathering the brake pedal as you approach only to find you could have maintained speed.  Frustrating, but not slowing and getting it wrong is obviously not an option.  And if that's the only negative about the road...  Unfortunately no photos, but I'm still grinning! 

 

-John

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I hear you John. Great to be out in a Seven again. Finally got my 65 S2 out for the first time yesterday and again today with the wife. Life is good.

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Quite jealous!  I should have pistons this week, so hopefully will get things back together before it gets too hot and sticky to enjoy - but did get a nice ride in my Elan today, in between painting exhaust manifolds and cleaning intake manifolds.  The weather looks nice the next few days, think I'll take it to work in honor of Ross's drive up the East Coast.

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First photo shows one of the (many) blind crests I mentioned in my earlier post.  Very pretty, very fun road.

 

-John

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Looks like good fun. Thanks for sharing. Was indeed a glorious weekend in the Seattle area. While I don't have my Cat yet, I did spend Sunday morning karting @ PGP with my son and took the scenic way home along Green Valley / Black Diamond -Ravensdale / Hwy18. Did a Carnation Farms / Tolt Hill loop on Saturday as well. Look forward to meeting up with other local 7 owners for a blat soon. My kit should be arriving in the next few weeks!

 

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