If all goes to plan, by the time you read this I will have returned to the US from my two week trip to Europe. I will have landed in Los Angeles and my friend Jason and I will have picked up our rental car, from the “American Muscle” category. Our destination? Lots of places – Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Goldfield, Bodie, and the Salton Sea. It promises to be an amazing road trip. Prior to this, however, the best drive I ever took was also in California.
I mentioned this in my review of the third-generation Cadillac CTS but it was an absolute thrill driving along Mulholland Drive in the CTS. It handled with poise and alacrity, the beautifully-crafted paddle shifters fell easily to hand, and there was plenty of power to play with. It was luxurious, too, the CTS’ ride smoothing out the sometimes jagged pavement and the neat automatic high-beam headlights flicking off whenever another car approached. The only downside was a sometimes coarse engine note when I really revved it.
The closest I’ve ever come to having that much fun in a car was taking my old Calais out on the winding mountain roads of Mount Glorious and Mount Nebo. I don’t miss that car but I do miss the fun chucking it through the twisties that day.
Thinking of scenery instead of overall driving excitement, so far nothing has topped the Pacific Coast Highway in California and the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. Neither road really lets you let loose though because of either police presence, restrictive speed limits or the sheer number of tourists. Sometimes, though, a road is just meant for cruising and taking in gorgeous scenery. Therefore, the Great Ocean Road wasn’t that much more fun in a big, honkin’ V8 Caprice than it was in a sensible Hyundai i30.
What was the greatest drive you’ve ever been on?