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   Coign  Wednesday Dec 17 10:52 AM

Dec 18, 2008: Road of Death

Since we were duped by the Disney IotD I figured I would post early for tomorrow and throw up a collection of real pictures.

I was recently sent these via e-mail so first had to check here to see if they were posted before and second to figure out where they were from. It seems they have not been posted before but another Cellar Dweller did put up an old link that allowed me to confirm back story on these.

Here is the old post that led me to the background.

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And now without further ado, here is the Bolivian Road of Death, North Yungas Road.

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This is the original article, as written by Avi Abrams in November, 2006.
All rights reserved, @ Ian Media.

Bolivia's "Road of Death"

North Yungas Road is hands-down the most dangerous in the world for motorists. If other roads could be considered impassable, this one clearly endangers your life. It runs in the Bolivian Andes, 70 km from La Paz to Coroico, and plunges down almost 3,600 meters in an orgy of extremely narrow hairpin curves and 800-meter abyss near-misses.

A fatal accident happens there every couple of weeks, 100-200 people perish there every year. In 1995 the Inter-American Development Bank named the La Paz-to-Coroico route "the world's most dangerous road."

Among the route there are many visible reminders of accidents, wreckages of lorries and trucks lie scattered around at the bottom...
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glatt  Wednesday Dec 17 10:56 AM

Awesome!



lookout123  Wednesday Dec 17 10:57 AM

That's some scray shit there. I remember watching a show on discovery about that road. just plain freaky.



glatt  Wednesday Dec 17 11:04 AM

You know, some of those pictures look really squished in the horizontal direction. For example, with this picture, if you double the width and keep the height the same, the truck looks much more normal, but the hill doesn't look as steep.

It's still awesome. Just a little more realistic.



Hillrick  Wednesday Dec 17 11:05 AM

Anyone ever think of introducing these people to the concept of tunnels?



glatt  Wednesday Dec 17 11:06 AM

Applying the same math to this image gives us this new look.



lumberjim  Wednesday Dec 17 11:07 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Coign View Post
Since we were duped by the Disney IotD
you have a mouse in yer pocket?


glatt  Wednesday Dec 17 11:08 AM

It's still scary, even with the correct aspect ratio.



lookout123  Wednesday Dec 17 11:09 AM

I'd still need a change of shorts if I succussfully completed that journey.



Trilby  Wednesday Dec 17 11:18 AM

No wonder shipping and handling is so freaking expensive!



footfootfoot  Wednesday Dec 17 11:20 AM

Anamorphic lenses



lookout123  Wednesday Dec 17 11:20 AM

Apparently the USPS central processing hub is on the top of that mountain.



Pie  Wednesday Dec 17 11:26 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt View Post
You know, some of those pictures look really squished in the horizontal direction. For example, with this picture, if you double the width and keep the height the same, the truck looks much more normal, but the hill doesn't look as steep.
Now that I know it's a little out of proportion, I'll call my travel agent right away!


Ibby  Wednesday Dec 17 11:39 AM

That road is a LOT like the tiny, 2-lane, landslide-prone road from Taipei to Hualien...


(you can see part of that road there, that liiiittle brown strip along the cliff.)

and also a lot like the road through Taroko Gorge. (number 4!)






eta: and yes, i've been down BOTH those roads. Well, not DOWN, but.. oh you know what i mean.



Coign  Wednesday Dec 17 11:44 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt View Post
You know, some of those pictures look really squished in the horizontal direction. For example, with this picture, if you double the width and keep the height the same, the truck looks much more normal, but the hill doesn't look as steep.

It's still awesome. Just a little more realistic.
Sorry about the 'shopped portion there, I just pulled the pictures from the e-mail. If I would have gone to the background thread they have a number of the same pictures but in the correct proportion ratio. But it still looks scary there too.


Shawnee123  Wednesday Dec 17 11:46 AM

If it were even one way, it wouldn't be so scary...but these people are using as a two lane road! EEEK



Pie  Wednesday Dec 17 11:46 AM

Beautiful pictures, Ibby!



Coign  Wednesday Dec 17 11:50 AM

And I think my favorite part about this road is this comment and following photo.

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Apparently some companies make business on the road's dubious fame by selling the extreme bike tours down that road. "Gravity Assisted Mountain Biking" is one of them. If you are nuts enough to consider it, please be advised that you will be only adding to the road hazards, as it's hard to spot a cyclist on the road's hairpin curves, and your shrieks (as you fall down the abyss) will disturb the peace and quiet of the villagers nearby.



glatt  Wednesday Dec 17 12:38 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Coign View Post
Sorry
Don't apologize. These pictures are great!


shannabanana  Wednesday Dec 17 01:05 PM

Death Road

If you saw the Discovery Channel show, the Bolivian government actually constructed another road that takes another, safer route but some of these trucks still won't take it due to getting better paychecks for braving these roads to get supplies to villagers down the mountain. I can't imagine mountain biking down that and I LOVE mountain biking. Scary!



sweetwater  Wednesday Dec 17 01:22 PM

I laughed at the narrow, twisty mountain road scenes in The Long, Long Trailer, but if I was there... on that road... eyeballs protruding... white knuckling the steering wheel... I don't think I could manage to breathe. Just one continuous inhalation until I popped. Skeery stuff!



Trilby  Wednesday Dec 17 01:49 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by shannabanana View Post
If you saw the Discovery Channel show, the Bolivian government actually constructed another road that takes another, safer route but some of these trucks still won't take it due to getting better paychecks for braving these roads to get supplies to villagers down the mountain. I can't imagine mountain biking down that and I LOVE mountain biking. Scary!
Hi Shannabanana! Welcome! I like your name!


Pancake Man  Wednesday Dec 17 05:38 PM

I havn't logged in in over a year, but I felt the need to inform the Cellar that at least there is someone to direct traffic. He was involved in a bus crash in which many people died, and has lost friends and family to crashes, so he stands at one of the corners all day and directs traffic. He also has testicles the size of small watermelons, apparently.

Check out these, the tunnel with the windows is my favorite:
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HungLikeJesus  Wednesday Dec 17 05:54 PM

I like this picture (from the same site). It reminds me of Colorado.



Is it real? I don't know. Something doesn't look right.



Trilby  Wednesday Dec 17 06:20 PM

Yeah. See, my family would be all up and interbred coz none of us would be willing to do that funky shit to get to the OTHER side of the mountain.



WillieO  Wednesday Dec 17 09:27 PM

Squished pics or not...just kill me now.



ZenGum  Wednesday Dec 17 11:25 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt View Post
You know, some of those pictures look really squished in the horizontal direction. For example, with this picture, if you double the width and keep the height the same, the truck looks much more normal, but the hill doesn't look as steep.

It's still awesome. Just a little more realistic.
Actually, the photos are accurate. They have developed extra skinny trucks specifically for that road.


SPUCK  Thursday Dec 18 04:31 AM

Whens the next mechanically deficient tour bus with the intoxicated driver leaving? I want to be on it!

Adrenaline rush!! <shouted like. 'surfs up'>



Sheldonrs  Thursday Dec 18 10:11 AM

A debate was held at the town council as to weather it would be more cost effective to put a fence up on the mountain or an ambulance down in the valley.



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Dec 18 11:14 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
Adrenaline rush!! <shouted like. 'surfs up'>
Road Trip!! & fall


Saknussem  Friday Dec 19 02:26 AM

I would drive that road if there were one of those big ass caterpillars after me. Hell yeah...on Benedryl too. yeah, Benedryl. At high speed, too. With an angry serval in the car with me, though HE is probably allergic to those damn caterpillars too.



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