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Hello, everyone. We've been talking about cruising our Z's over winding, scenic roads now for a while, and so I'm proposing the following route, because I've driven the roads that

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Old 02-25-2011, 09:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, everyone.

We've been talking about cruising our Z's over winding, scenic roads now for a while, and so I'm proposing the following route, because I've driven the roads that comprise it, and I know them to be fun driving roads.

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Directions to Hooters, East Joppa Road, Towson, MD - Google Maps

The starting point is the Starbucks in Shrewsbury, PA. We will take York Road south from there all the way to Cockeysville, MD. There, we will cut east and drive through the scenic roads around Loch Raven Reservoir, ending up at Hooters in Towson for lunch. It is 35 miles, but with the curvy and residential roads, it should take us just over an hour to drive it. The first leg is a hike, and so we'll probably need a break, so Hunt Valley Towne Centre is a little past the midpoint of the route, right along the route, so we will stop there before taking the roads around to Loch Raven Dr.

While in PA, observe speed limits through small towns, as the police really crack down on speeding in small towns. The entire route goes through residential areas and public parks, so the plan is for a spirited run, but always be prepared to stop or slow down. We're not out there to test the limits of our handling or determine max speed

Loch Raven Dr is closed in sections on the weekends, so we will drive around it to Manor Rd, and then to Cromwell Bridge Road, driving up Loch Raven Drive from the other side, and then making a u-turn. VERY IMPORTANT, THE MAP IS NOT ENTIRELY ACCURATE. Instead of turning left onto Providence Road, we will simply make a u-turn on Loch Raven Drive and head back to Cromwell Bridge Road.

I would like to schedule this for Saturday, 3/12, in place of the MD meet or concurrent with it, but that's not set in stone, so please suggest alternatives if that doesn't work for you, but I'd like to keep it scheduled for that weekend, weather permitting. There is no conflict with the NASCAR season that weekend, as there is only a truck race on Saturday. And I know that some would like to both have the normal meet and then cruise later or the next day, but if we're getting our VA folks involved, they probably will only want to make one trip, rather than two.

As far as getting TO the starting point, the fastest way to get there is to take route 83 north, which is a fun highway in and of itself. You can either pick that road up and drive it all the way from the middle of Baltimore City, or you can pick up the Baltimore Beltway (695) and drive it around to 83 north. We will be meeting at Hooters at 9, 9:30 AM if anyone wants to meet there first, and then we'll drive to Shrewsbury from there.

The Starbucks Parking lot in Shrewsbury is small, but next to a shopping center, so we'll park in the shopping center and walk across to the Starbucks.

I think this is going to be really fun!

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Sounds like fun but that's way out of the way for me. Get some good pics for us.
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Yeah, I realize that this is quite a hike for the NoVA peeps, but this is just the initial cruise, based on roads that I know. If this one goes well, we can start planning on more southerly MD routes, and perhaps some roads in VA as well!!!

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I'm so down for this drive. I'm assuming I'll be fine just following you Shado and with the gps on my phone. I think its after all of my mid-terms so its the perfect way to have some fun
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whats up guys? newish to the forum, i figured i would comment here being that you will be driveing threw my area. i would join you guys but still havent found the 370z i am looking for....hopefuly soon i will.....
I'm sure they won't mind you joining in on the cruise without a Z... after all, the president of the Mid Atlantic 370Z Owners Club (MAZOC) drives a Mustang.
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Absolutely! Anyone is welcome!

Also, this will most likely not be our last cruise in that area, I believe, because these roads are so fun.

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Crap... I will be on an airplane (with a little luck and no mass demonstrations)...
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NOOOOOOOO

We'll try to get in this one and another before Zdayz, I hope! Either way, I'd like to start making this a monthly or bimonthly thing.

Sorry to hear you're out of town.
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I think this is a good idea for those, like me, who won't be able to make it to ZdayZ. I've wanted to drive on some fun twisty roads ever since I bought my car and it looks like I finally get my chance

I've heard skyline drive in VA is a fun road to drive on.

My suggestions:
-We all meet somewhere in MD and then drive to the starbucks together
-Take a break at starbucks
-Drive back for lunch
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Skyline is fun but it's just a leisurely drive more than anything else. Don't want to get a ticket there.
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Skyline is fun but it's just a leisurely drive more than anything else. Don't want to get a ticket there.
I guess we can figure out some other place then. I will leave that up to the NoVA crew.
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We'll try to get in this one and another before Zdayz, I hope! Either way, I'd like to start making this a monthly or bimonthly thing.

Sorry to hear you're out of town.
I bet you do, big boy!
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lol I'll be going every month or so, even if I'm the only one.
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I'm in as well, we can plan a small group to drive together up to shrewsbury also.
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I plan on doing this as well. I enjoy every opportunity to get out and drive.
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