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Old 08-07-2014, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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A few categories -
Gradients or pictures or links to a map would be helpful

Steepest logging/access road (dead end road)
Steepest paved road
Steepest dirt road

Back when cars were mostly manual brakes, transmissions, and steering and the roads were much less crowded, I used to see how far I could go with coasting in neutral. (Long before it was called "hypermiling")

Smugglers notch was pretty good on both sides, and route 100 in Duxbury had a nice long stretch from Ryan Road going into the center of town (before they re-routed the road to where the hospital pig farm was).

The Warren side of Lincoln gap has a couple of steep spots


IIRC, Appalachian Gap is easier.
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Old 08-07-2014, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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My driveway. Just kidding. Sort of.
Bethel Mountain Road/Camp Brook Road between Bethel and Rochester has a really steep section on the east side.
The road in Mt. Philo State Park has a steep section at the very top.
Route 125/Middlebury Gap is steep, especially on the eastern side.
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Old 08-07-2014, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Had forgotten Middlebury gap. Yeah.
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Old 08-07-2014, 02:24 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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CCC Rd in Plymouth/Shrewsbury.
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Old 08-07-2014, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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Notch road in Mendon. Bent hill road on the way to the brewery is pretty steep too!
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Old 08-08-2014, 10:19 PM
 
Location: on a dirt road in Waitsfield,Vermont
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That section already mentioned on the Warren side of Lincoln Gap is known as " the steepest mile in America ". The the only road I have been on other than a jeep trail that lifts me out of my seat abit coming down. Understandably it's closed in the winter.
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Old 08-13-2014, 09:16 PM
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Location: MA/NH
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It's been about ten years since I've driven it, but Rte. 17 north of Bristol is really fun to drive. Twisty and with elevation changes. I think that it's by the Camels Hump state forest.
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Old 08-14-2014, 01:04 PM
 
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The road in that video isn't very steep. It's normal grade for the Pittsburgh metro.

This is steep: http://bicycletimesmag.com/userfiles...en-7577-X3.jpg We have many more like that one too.

I always laugh when you call outsiders "flatlanders." You guys should visit Pittsburgh sometime.
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Old 08-14-2014, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Pittsburgh used to have some neat funiculars. Not too many of them around anymore. There are a few scenes in the movie "Flashdance" where the lead is riding her bike that show Pittsburgh to advantage in the rain. Unfortunately, what was originally shot by the cinematographer is matted down in the finished movie so that only about half of the image is shown. The full frame is some of the most gorgeous cinematography I've seen in a mainstream film.
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Old 08-14-2014, 08:19 PM
 
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I loved the movie Flashdance. The cinematography is fantastic.

We still have our inclines/funiculars. We also have city steps everywhere.

It is a beautiful city that has mostly been a best kept secret. Many people still think it gets dark here before noon due to pollution. Sadly, we've been getting a lot of positive press that might ruin things for us because many people are starting to relocate here.

My son feels right at home in Vermont because of the mountains and breathtaking scenery there.
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