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      03-19-2007, 03:28 AM   #1
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Sunday Drive through Mines Rd (Bay Area) [Lrg photos]

Well I was bored and it was a beautiful day. So I decided to take Auska (my e92 335i) out so she can enjoy the sunshine. I went online to look for mountain roads I can take her, because frankly going fast on a straight road isn't as much fun as going fast on a twisty road. On a motorcycle forum I found a road that connects Livermore and San Jose, Mines Rd. I never been there so I decided to check it out. Man this road is awesome. Just miles of open two lane, sometimes one lane, roads through the country and mountains. This trip covers a good 40 to 50 miles. It took me a little under 2 hours to finish the entire route, with stops.

Here are some pictures I took along the way.

The route:
Attachment 64369

Blue skies all the way:
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Imagine this car in your rear view mirror:
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Enjoying the peaceful countryside:
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Resting before taking more turns like this one:
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This was the highest elevation I got to on the drive, steepest grade was 6%:
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This road isn't for beginners if you want to tackle the turns, there is no room for errors. This road is used by locals and a lot of motorcyclists, so try to look ahead when you can and be courteous when you are out there.

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That's awesome man.
I've never been to that road; heard of it though.
We should do a drive like that for our next meet.
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and why weren't we invited?! yeah we should totally give that place some of our rubber if ya know what i mean

looks like a nice place. how was the drive?
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Well I was bored and it was a beautiful day. So I decided to take Auska (my e92 335i) out so she can enjoy the sunshine. I went online to look for mountain roads I can take her, because frankly going fast on a straight road isn't as much fun as going fast on a twisty road. On a motorcycle forum I found a road that connects Livermore and San Jose, Mines Rd. I never been there so I decided to check it out. Man this road is awesome. Just miles of open two lane, sometimes one lane, roads through the country and mountains. This trip covers a good 40 to 50 miles. It took me a little under 2 hours to finish the entire route, with stops.

Here are some pictures I took along the way.

The route:
Attachment 64369

Blue skies all the way:
Attachment 64370

Imagine this car in your rear view mirror:
Attachment 64371

Enjoying the peaceful countryside:
Attachment 64372

Resting before taking more turns like this one:
Attachment 64373

This was the highest elevation I got to on the drive, steepest grade was 6%:
Attachment 64374

This road isn't for beginners if you want to tackle the turns, there is no room for errors. This road is used by locals and a lot of motorcyclists, so try to look ahead when you can and be courteous when you are out there.
We use to run that route with the Audi club when I coordinated drives for them...nice road..especially when you are lead car in a group of 25 cars...

http://www.norcalaudiclub.org/events...1000turns.html

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mines is pretty fun road. you can do a drive from livermore up to mount hamilton then back down to san jose, or vice versa. the cool thing about mines is that it's very vacant.

in the past, some sections of the road had gravel, which can be kinda annoying, especially if you go as a group. how was it this past weekend?
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and why weren't we invited?! yeah we should totally give that place some of our rubber if ya know what i mean

looks like a nice place. how was the drive?
The drive was cool. I think I needed to unwind from a hectic work week before.

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We use to run that route with the Audi club when I coordinated drives for them...nice road..especially when you are lead car in a group of 25 cars...
It would be crazy to see that many cars up there all at one time.

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mines is pretty fun road. you can do a drive from livermore up to mount hamilton then back down to san jose, or vice versa. the cool thing about mines is that it's very vacant.

in the past, some sections of the road had gravel, which can be kinda annoying, especially if you go as a group. how was it this past weekend?
Hey Rob,
It was gorgeous man. It was a perfect day to hit the road. There were still a lot of places with loose gravel that made it scary at times. Since it was a weekend there were lots of motorcycles and bicyclists out there. But overall it was just fun.
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