Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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Originally Posted by Digmenow
One of the fringe benefits of owning an Acura (wife's '95 Integra) is a quarterly magazine called "Acura Style". Along with touting the latest and greatest Honda offering, it has some nice travel articles.
This issue has photos of some desirable interstate highway driving and there's a photo of the H3 between Pearl City and Kaneohe on Oahu. Did you get a chance to make this trip, FTL? It looks like a great drive as long as it isn't rush hour.
Yes, it is a fantastic ride. it is where the tunnels are that opened up the North Shore to rest of Oahu back in the sixties. Oahu is essentially spilt down the middle by a huge mountain range, and the urban Honolulu side and the jungle-to-sea North Shore and East Oahu are mirror opposites of each other, which is why Oahu is my favorite island - you can enjoy all the conveniences of a large city and have hidden-beach seclusion all in the same day. The H3 is one of the greatest feats of interstate highway engineering I've ever seen. Huge "Roman Aqueduct" style bridges connect the highway mountain-to-mountain, and the highway is overhung with lush vegetation, and you enter the tunnels which shoots straight down at a 45 degree angle for about two miles, and on exit you are shot into some of the most fantastic scenery on the island. I took some pictures there last year, will post some later.
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