05-15-2011, 10:02 PM
Blue Star Memorial Highway
Last week my wife and I took the CS from AZ to the California Central Coast and Wine Country (Paso Robles, Templeton). We also drove out to PCH for a lovely drive from Cambria to about 25 miles North of San Simeon, from which farther north, CA 1 was closed for repairs. This was actually a good thing, because this incredibly scenic coastal hi-way had very little traffic since it was posted you couldn't go all the way through up to Carmel and Monterey, so very little traffic which allowed for quite spirited driving!!
But the real news I wanted to post for the Western US Cayman and Porsche owners is the great driving road known as the Blue Star Memorial Highway (CA 58), westbound from Buttonwillow and Mc Kittrick, CA (off I-5) over to Santa Margarita (101). This is about 90 miles of awesome highway, very well maintained but extremely sparsely traveled, especially on a weekday afternoon around 4:00 PM (Note, no gas or services between Mc Kittrick and Santa Margarita!).
It starts with a 25 mile stretch of hair pins and switch backs that climb up the Temblor mid-valley range (2nd and 3rd gear), providing titanic views of the central valley, then over and down in easy turns (3rd and 4th) to open up to about 30 miles of straight line and slow esses that cross with roller coaster undulations along the floor of the Carrizo plain (5th and 6th) which is starkly beautiful. This gives way on the west side of the valley into oak, willow, and eucalyptus tree filled arroyos, and stream bed valleys, which has a very Southern Germany, European autobahn feel; i.e. long left and right sweepers, with slight elevation changes. Very scenic and incredibly beautiful. Saw maybe 3 cars in the whole 90 + miles to Santa Margarita.
If youré out that way, it's a great drive, especially for high performance sports cars and sedans. Really gave the CS a great workout, driving the kind of road it was designed for!! I heard from the locals that it is very popular on Sat and Sun mornings with the So. Cal Ferrari, Lamborghini, BMW and Porsche crowd. But even then, traffic is minimal.
Just wanted to share. Would have posted earlier and with some pics, but when I returned to AZ, had a quick turn for business trip to Seoul, Korea. That's where I'm posting this from.