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I get to do what my car was made to do. Hello to Thunder Road! Thunder road is about a 300-mile drive on I-15 from Southern California to Las Vegas. After Barstow, it is a very fast and safe freeway. There are neither interchanges nor stops. All it has are very long straights and some very high speed turns. I will have to drive past Baker, the armpit of this drive.

For those who are not familiar with Southern California, the straights are between 15 and 20 miles long. You can see the end of the straight from the start. The turns, if you can call them turns, are high speed. They were design for 70 mph for the trucks of the U.S. Army. This is a part of the “Defense Highway System”. The civilian trucks do go above the posted speed limit of 55 mph for them. The speed limit for cars is 70 mph. Brakes are not necessary, as the torque of my car is all I need.

The Baker Grade rises from about 1,400 feet to 3,500 feet in 8 to 10 miles. It is so much fun to pass at speed the slower autos like the Porsche.

Since I have had a recent speeding ticket, I will not be going over 100 mph except for some short burst of speeds to 160 to 180 mph. Traffic should be light. I do not go fast if any cars are around me. I may kill myself but will not take anyone else out.

Home again Thursday morning. This will be a short trip but with much fun, hopefully.

The Happy Ferrari will be happy on Wednesday.


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senna21 said:
Watch out for the "Speed enforced by Aircraft" postings!
don't joke about those signs, last summer i thought that i had read the sign wrong or if it was a joke, until about 50miles further, when i didn't see an airplane but a helicopter. and they had pulled somebody over, well together with a patrol car, but he was landing next to the freeway
 

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senna21 said:
Watch out for the "Speed enforced by Aircraft" postings!
don't joke about those signs, last summer i thought that i had read the sign wrong or if it was a joke, until about 50miles further, when i didn't see an airplane but a helicopter. and they had pulled somebody over, well together with a patrol car, but he was landing next to the freeway
That's how it's done in some places. You drive over an X in the road or a line and the plane/helicopter puts a stopwatch on you. When you get to the next X or line in road a 1/4 or 1/2 mile down and cross it they stop the watch and look at the time. Look at their calculation spread sheet and Voila'! They have your speed. Get on the radio to a unit down the road and tell them to pull you over.

That's how they caught the guy doing 205 mph on his motorcycle in Minnesota. http://kstp.com/article/stories/S2677.html?cat=1
 
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