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Most Terrifying Bay Area Roads?

Postby billybobster » Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:15 pm

Jalopnik is running a question of the day - "Most Terrifying Roads?"

So I'm thinking, what do the assembled cognoscenti think are the most scary roads in the Bay Area? I'd propose the answers include a rural/curvy road and an urban road (and why they scare you). My most terrifying roads:

- Highway 1 South of Stinson Beach - narrow, on a cliff and there's too many of every kind of vehicle up there - bicycles, mini vans, tourists in rentals, sport bikes, hot cars, hot cars being driven way too slowly

- The Nimitz from downtown Oaktown to High St. - too narrow, curvy, always (Always) under construction, the pavement quality sucks and one zillion huge trucks (every single truck driver is jacked up on something, I just know)
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Re: Most Terrifying Bay Area Roads?

Postby Scandinavian Flick » Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:35 pm

billybobster wrote:- The Nimitz from downtown Oaktown to High St. - too narrow, curvy, always (Always) under construction, the pavement quality sucks and one zillion huge trucks (every single truck driver is jacked up on something, I just know)

As soon as I read the title, this was my thought. Why the hell are the lanes so narrow and inconsistent? Also home of the worst drivers in the area with some of the most dangerous cars driving well beyond their personal means.

-Highway 17, especially about 2 miles in either direction from the summit, and the first mile of windy road where people have to re-learn how to turn. I can handle the road just fine, and it's better since they paved it more recently, but when you consider general commuter traffic or any element such as rain or wind... Ugh...

-Calaveras. Fuck it.
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Re: Most Terrifying Bay Area Roads?

Postby brkinshiz » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:05 pm

Old La Honda.

And [Fuck] Calaveras.
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Re: Most Terrifying Bay Area Roads?

Postby oldboy » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:09 pm

Those are good ones. For some reason, the front side of Mt. Hamilton gets to me a little. I keep thinking I'll have a meeting w a cyclist or another speed freak coming the other way on my side of the road, or I'll miss a turn and tumble down the hill to never be found... It's just far enough away that I only drive it a couple few times a year. There are others just as technical closer to home that I have the automatics on when to shift and turn at what speed and I'm fine....
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Re: Most Terrifying Bay Area Roads?

Postby brkinshiz » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:21 pm

To make a point, I'm not saying mine are BAD roads, just ****ing scary. I'm not hardcore enough for blind turns on single lane roads and straight cliffs.
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Re: Most Terrifying Bay Area Roads?

Postby Nikwit » Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:16 pm

Old La Honda, in the rain. That section with a sheer cliff and no railing at all.
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Re: Most Terrifying Bay Area Roads?

Postby red5racing » Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:47 pm

Nikwit wrote:Old La Honda, in the rain. That section with a sheer cliff and no railing at all.

? You probably mean West Old La Honda, not Old La Honda. There are no sheer cliffs on OLH.


Scariest roads:

(1) Anywhere near a Ranch 99
(2) 880 between 580 and 980
(3) 101 on ramp in Mt View
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Re: Most Terrifying Bay Area Roads?

Postby brkinshiz » Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:17 am

red5racing wrote:(1) Anywhere near a Ranch 99


Damn, fucked up :lol:

red5racing wrote:(2) 880 between 580 and 980


What? You don't like signal-less 4 lane sweeps and lane splitting semis?

red5racing wrote:(3) 101 on ramp in Mt View


Definitely always feel like someones gonna drift straight into me, hate that on-ramp.
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Re: Most Terrifying Bay Area Roads?

Postby gesso » Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:21 am

Vine hill road, from hwy 17 south. It's curvy and fun and then suddenly it's blind hairpins with shear rock faces.

It'd probably be a fine road if driven at reasonable speed, but I've never done that.
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Re: Most Terrifying Bay Area Roads?

Postby red5racing » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:42 am

brkinshiz wrote:
red5racing wrote:(2) 880 between 580 and 980


What? You don't like signal-less 4 lane sweeps and lane splitting semis?



Exactly correct. It's also the road-rage capital of the world.
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Re: Most Terrifying Bay Area Roads?

Postby Ken P » Sun Dec 02, 2012 12:08 pm

the most terrifying road is the one leading towards a pissed off gf's house because youre 2 hrs late to pick her up for a dinner party in her honor. true story, bro.
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Re: Most Terrifying Bay Area Roads?

Postby humjaba » Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:57 pm

Most terrifying? Try 152 past the reservoir in that monsoon this last Sunday night (Dec 23), towing a Miata, in the dark.

But really, most terrifying road I've driven is probably the first few miles of Mines Road coming out of Livermore (sheer drop on the passenger side going up) on the way up to Mt. Hamilton. A blast to drive, but I've definitely scared a few passengers. Nearly hit some bikers too.
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Re: Most Terrifying Bay Area Roads?

Postby Savages911 » Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:16 pm

The hood. The mission, bay view and any ghetto part of town. The city doesn't care do the roads are usually crap. On top of that you have to worry you don't get shot.
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Re: Most Terrifying Bay Area Roads?

Postby neofreak » Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:14 am

80E approaching the bay bridge from downtown. i swear thats where all the corollas and priuses panic and drive even worse than normal.
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Re: Most Terrifying Bay Area Roads?

Postby Omg10ae » Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:27 pm

Savages911 wrote:The hood. The mission, bay view and any ghetto part of town. The city doesn't care do the roads are usually crap. On top of that you have to worry you don't get shot.



haha he said the hood LOL try my block son!
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Re: Most Terrifying Bay Area Roads?

Postby Omg10ae » Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:32 pm

humjaba wrote:Most terrifying? Try 152 past the reservoir in that monsoon this last Sunday night (Dec 23), towing a Miata, in the dark.

But really, most terrifying road I've driven is probably the first few miles of Mines Road coming out of Livermore (sheer drop on the passenger side going up) on the way up to Mt. Hamilton. A blast to drive, but I've definitely scared a few passengers. Nearly hit some bikers too.



sup brother how was school? you really to hit the track up or mines? lol
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Re: Most Terrifying Bay Area Roads?

Postby Savages911 » Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:37 pm

Omg10ae wrote:
Savages911 wrote:The hood. The mission, bay view and any ghetto part of town. The city doesn't care do the roads are usually crap. On top of that you have to worry you don't get shot.



haha he said the hood LOL try my block son!


i bet they light firecrackers out there each night!
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Re: Most Terrifying Bay Area Roads?

Postby Omg10ae » Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:08 pm

Savages911 wrote:
Omg10ae wrote:
Savages911 wrote:The hood. The mission, bay view and any ghetto part of town. The city doesn't care do the roads are usually crap. On top of that you have to worry you don't get shot.



haha he said the hood LOL try my block son!


i bet they light firecrackers out there each night!



firecrackers ? gun shots ! every other night it aint no thang son. lol thats how you talk
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Re: Most Terrifying Bay Area Roads?

Postby humjaba » Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:11 pm

Omg10ae wrote:
humjaba wrote:Most terrifying? Try 152 past the reservoir in that monsoon this last Sunday night (Dec 23), towing a Miata, in the dark.

But really, most terrifying road I've driven is probably the first few miles of Mines Road coming out of Livermore (sheer drop on the passenger side going up) on the way up to Mt. Hamilton. A blast to drive, but I've definitely scared a few passengers. Nearly hit some bikers too.



sup brother how was school? you really to hit the track up or mines? lol


Hell yeah, I got a gopro for christmas I want to try it out haha. I'm in town until Jan 7, you up for a run up mines road between now and then?
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Re: Most Terrifying Bay Area Roads?

Postby Omg10ae » Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:47 pm

I would love to but i sold my tires to a friend waiting on my new set. 2weeks!
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Re: Most Terrifying Bay Area Roads?

Postby Savages911 » Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:33 pm

patterson pass!
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Re: Most Terrifying Bay Area Roads?

Postby TheOtherRedMiata » Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:40 pm

Savages911 wrote:patterson pass!

Only at night...when the cattle are out
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Re: Most Terrifying Bay Area Roads?

Postby Ski_Lover » Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:41 am

humjaba wrote:...But really, most terrifying road I've driven is probably the first few miles of Mines Road coming out of Livermore (sheer drop on the passenger side going up) on the way up to Mt. Hamilton. A blast to drive, but I've definitely scared a few passengers. Nearly hit some bikers too.


+1 for Mt. Hamilton road, there are some serious consequences if you make a mistake on the way to/from the observatory, and that road is narrow as hell, full of rocks from slides, and too many cyclists. Not a good one for a "joy" ride.
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