Thursday, September 21, 2017

Life on the Touge

Life has various ways of living, but I'm not here to tell you that I live the fast life or that I live on the edge. I'm simply here to tell you the life of driving through various touges (峠: mountain passes), and how fun they can be for any driver from the simple grandpa who has had their license for eighty years or the lady who drives around in a red V6 Mustang. Either way, life on the touge is about having fun.

When it comes to having fun driving through the touge, everyone must keep in mind how to drive them safely as well. After all, you can't have fun while you're dead, debilitated, or a camshaft up the anus. Keep in mind, I'm not here to tell you how to drive faster or how to improve your driving abilities, nor am I going to tell you that you should immediately drive out with your old Mercury Mystique and try to drift through every corner on bald tires and a crappy transmission.

This blog is for the enjoyment for those who want to explore more roads, or for those who simply want to read about what it's like to drive on these roads because they are fun.

Now, I'm not a professional driver nor do I have any street cred attached to myself. I'm a humble driver who likes to drive through the touges on occasion, so I will write from the perspective of an ordinary driver who happens to know how to not crash and likes to play with a rough stick.

Throughout this blog, I will be discussing what it's like to drive on these roads, what specific roads I have driven on, and maybe some car meets as well (probably not). Every time I drive, I always keep in mind my own safety and the safety of others on the road, so I follow these simple rules:
  1. Do not cross the double yellows.
    • You'll never know if there's oncoming traffic coming around a blind corner
    • Even if you think you're alone, you're not.
    • I've encountered other drivers in the dead of the night or allegedly closed roads.
    • It leaves room for error (if you like living).
  2. Never push yourself beyond your driving capabilities or your car's capabilities. 
  3. Drive to have fun.
That's about it. Remember, drive safe.

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