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post #1 of 11 Old 05-17-2008, 02:57 AM Thread Starter
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most challenging corner I've had the opportunity to ride

a driveway leading to one of my jobsites today

slope of this driveway is between 30% and 35%, radius of hairpin is about 18feet on the outside

downhill was hard on the brakes, front and rear all the way down up hill was slipping cltch in 1st gear while scraping a peg around the hairpin, it's amazing how slow you can lean that far, finesse on both the throttle & clutch

I think back, and think that if I have to go back, I will park on top and walk

250ft distance drom road to "15,000+sq.ft summer home" 135ft drop in elevation, driveway snakes 400 ft, one of those "I've got more money than brains" places

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Looks like a fantastic view. Hope it never snows there.

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Let me guess. The property owner uses this driveway as an excuse for 2 or 3 Land Rovers to fill that garage.

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I think back, and think that if I have to go back, I will park on top and walk
That's probably what the fire department will say when they get called there.
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Looks like a fantastic view. Hope it never snows there.
Or get icy. Anyone going down that driveway in the winter's liable to end up 'dropping in for a visit.'

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The house is in New Hampshire, eh? Nah, it never snows or gets icy there. They may enjoy it as a summer home, but it will be a hard one to sell when that day comes.

Geez, delivering construction materials must have been a real joy on that job. I just can't understand some people...

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Geez, delivering construction materials must have been a real joy on that job. I just can't understand some people...
I grew up in the Poconos, in Pa., and the 'locals' always got a kick out of the places some 'outsiders' would build. They'd buy a plot of land on the side of the Blue Mountain, which in many places is just a load of rocks covered by a thin layer of dirt. (It's not like you can't easily tell this, either - rocks are scattered and piled all over the place.) Then they'd have to pay a fortune to get the site excavated, another fortune to truck in topsoil, another to get more topsoil when the rain washed the first batch away, and another to landscape the place because if the deer didn't eat the plants, the shade or crappy growing conditions would. And then there's the problem of getting up and down those steep driveways come winter ...

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That's probably what the fire department will say when they get called there.
the house is sprinkled

the owner has a tractor on site to "assist" delivery trucks & construction vehicles

I think some things were delivered with a helecopter, I would have loved to see how the crane or well rig

house is being built as a summer rental income property, I forsee a lot of vehicles crashing or people with heart attacks, it's a 15 story hike out of there



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If you ever rent a cabin around Gatlinburg, there are plenty of driveways very similar to that. VERY steep and several hairpins. The first one I ever rented I had a suburban and it wouldn't make some of the turns, and barely made the hill. They weren't always paved....if it had rained, you had a hard time getting traction to get up the paved sections.

Beautiful views though. I hope to get back there with the Strom one day, Had a blast there with my Warrior.

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