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Monday, July 09, 2007

What is the most dangerous road in the world?

I used to think it was certain roads we have driven on while RVing up in remote areas of Canada or Alaska. But no, those were superhighways compared to this one. I'm talking about a road referred to by the locals in Bolivia as the Road of Death, and for good reason.

This one lane road high up in the Bolivian mountains is treacherous, unwieldy, and remote, and that's just for starters. I watched a documentary on it today, which stated that on average 200 people a year have died on the road from car accidents (doesn't mention heart attacks..). If you go off the side, well let's just say that it's been nice knowing you. There is a local tour operation where you can go on a bike tour on the road, which connects La Paz to Coroico. Back in my younger days, I might have considered. After my wife broke her arm several years ago while we were mountain biking, we haven't been riding much. For the truly adventurous, here is the site- (be sure to see the slideshow). Another site noted that the most dangerous section is now just open for mountain bikers, which is a good thing I guess..

Posted by Carl Burnham at 10:03 PM
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