Route 101

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Route 101
Ninth hero storyline stage, Sonic Adventure 2
Level themes: urban, ocean
Mission 1: Chase the President's limousine!

Rank A 2:45
Rank B 2:50
Rank C 3:15
Rank D 3:30
Rank E Finish the mission
(total rings: DCicon.png 254* GCicon.png 254*
+ 5 random balloon bonuses*)

Mission 2: Collect 100 rings!

Rank A 1:30
Rank B 2:00
Rank C 2:30
Rank D 3:00
Rank E Finish the mission

Mission 3: Don't hit other cars!

Rank A 3:00
Rank B 3:10
Rank C 3:20
Rank D 3:30
Rank E Finish the mission

Mission 4: Don't hit the walls!

Rank A 3:00
Rank B 3:10
Rank C 3:20
Rank D 3:30
Rank E Finish the mission

Mission 5: Clear Hard Mode!

Rank A 2:50
Rank B 3:00
Rank C 3:10
Rank D 3:20
Rank E Finish the mission

Aquatic Mine | Hidden Base

Route 101 is the ninth stage of the Hero storyline of Sonic Adventure 2 and the third stage playable with Miles "Tails" Prower. It represents Tails' attempt at chasing the president's limousine.

It is named after U.S. Route 101, a north-south U.S. highway that runs through the states of California, Oregon, and Washington, on the West Coast of the United States.


Back in Station Square, Amy and Tails are on the phone to Sonic. Tails reckons that the stolen Chaos Emeralds have been taken into space for use on the ARK by Robotnik and Shadow. Suddenly, Knuckles climbs out of a manhole right next to them, saying he must have gotten lost in the mines. Tails then tells Sonic he wants to catch up with the President's limousine; he transforms the Cyclone into a racing car and drives it through Route 101 to do so.

Level layout


Route 101 is a thin one-way bridge or highway that is suspended over the sea, with red walls that have direction arrows of the right way to go. It is divided into three sections by means of two checkpoints, which will extend the time countdown when crossed. Several car models also drive through the road: a pair of city cars (one red, one light blue), a pair of executive cars (one white, one black), a van (blue), a common yellow and black American taxi. The cars serve no apparent purpose, since the Whirlwind S7 won't take damage, yet they will slow it down considerably.

Other level specific objects are sharp bend signs for corners, an arched advertisement placed over the road, “Born to be fast” and four different advertisement billboards scattered along the way:

Hard Mode

Hard Mode reduces the time given by the two checkpoints and adds significantly more cars. The time needed for an A-Rank is equal to the total time available, so completing the stage will always result in an A-Rank.

Other versions

Route 101 and Rouge's Route 280 share the same kart gameplay, mission setting and level themes, although the latter is more dangerous and harder to beat than the former. It's of no wonder, since both are located at the highway outskirts of the city.

There are similarities with TailsMission Street and Shadow’s Radical Highway as well, like the roads and respective walls, the Golden Gate styled bridge, billboards and sharp bend signs.


The controls for the stage are straightforward. Use A to accelerate; when turning, tap A then hold it down to start a powerslide, which is useful on corners. It will also maintain speeds acquired from boosting or downhills. You can stop sliding by releasing the analog stick for a second. Y activates a 5-second boost, which is received for every twenty rings collected.

Checkpoint requirements and ring count

Checkpoint Rings Time (s) Time (s) (Hard Mode)
#1 72 60 60
#2 104 80 50
#3 78 80 60

Kart Race minigame

If this level is beaten before Route 280, the Kart Race minigame will become available; if it is beaten after Route 280, the 2P Kart Race minigame will become available instead.


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