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My alarm clock rang at 5:00am and I dragged myself from bed and into an Alfa Romeo GTV6.  For most people, listening to it start would serve as a better wake-up call than even the strongest cup of coffee.  “Red GTV6” (such a descriptive name), really does roar.  We opened the sunroof and put the windows down.  The smell of motor oil and “classic 80s interior” wafted through the car as we motored up towards the meeting place.

We took George Washington Parkway (north) — and as we began to pass the Spout Run exit, the sun started to peek over the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.  It was a truly glorious sight.  Even better, the road was EMPTY. Car enthusiasts know the true value of an open road — and one that is both winding and well-paved is as drool-worthy as a medium rare New York strip steak.  The GW Parkway between 5 and 6am is a great place to start your morning joyride–this is point number one.

We met the other Alfa owners in front of a little French bakery, Vie De France Bakery Cafe, in Potomac, MD.  They are open early and their food is amazing. This is point number two on the joyride map.

The parking lot was full of GTVs, Spyders, Giulias and our GTV6.  We rounded up the troops and headed north on River Road in Potomac Maryland.

River Road is the key to a successful joyride in this area and it is point number three. After you leave the French bakery and the strip malls of Potomac behind, the roads open up and become rural race tracks for those in the know. However, be mindful of your speed as you depart Potomac, there are a few speed traps.