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Highway of Death

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Crock of Gold, 25 Apr 2008.

  1. Crock of Gold

    Crock of Gold Guest

  2. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Reading the article, there were 12 people in a Landcruiser. They're big cars, but that's going some.
  3. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

  4. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    Chuffing hell, that one of the lorries passing each other is enough to make you nip your arse cheeks together :blush::ohmy::ohmy::ohmy:
  5. OP
    Crock of Gold

    Crock of Gold Guest

    How long will it take for a cyclist or somebody in a car to fall 12,000 feet if they go off the edge? Knowing you are going to go flat whilst falling.

    I get extreme vertigo just looking at those photos.

    I read somewhere that cyclists can do 30mph and more down that road.

  6. walker

    walker New Member

    Bromley, Kent
    why would you even bother? I'd just go around it and not bother risking my life on it
  7. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    ****, I know the two guys who were injured, misread the article and thought they had been killed, not injured, damn, my heart is still racing, horrible
  8. buggi

    buggi Bird Saviour

    FECKING HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I reckon Top Gear should send the Stig up there. Let's see what he's really made of.

    reminds of a mountain road i went round, in Feurteventura. we took a wrong turn. probably not as thin, two cars could actually pass, but it scared the shite out of me becoz it was only JUST wide enough for two cars and we knew if we met a lorry we were screwed, no barrier, 1000 feet drop on one side. my bloke who was driving spent half hour on the loo when we got back, i kid you not. put him off driving for the rest of the holiday, he actually refused to drive anywhere that looked like it was getting a bit hilly after that. i was crapping myself because i know he can't drive down the road without riding the white line (shite driver, he's now my ex). had i of been with any normal competent driver i probably wouldn't have been crapping myself so much.

    moral of the story... when your rep tells you the road is "scenic" stay the feck away!
  9. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    yep, dangerous - don't like it. Personally think it's irresponsible to promote tours on it just playing on its notoriety. wouldn't cycle or drive on it.
    I've cycled on wimble holme hill a couple of times and while my mate was quite happy to blast down this little path I found it a bit hairy and walked sections. (yes it IS as bad as it looks) - and that's just out of totley with only the odd hiker to watch out for, so that in bolivia with trucks bombing down it is ludicrous.

    My attitude is that cycling or driving for either fun or transport doesn't NEED to involve a significant risk of death by falling to by productive or enjoyable.
  10. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    We took a wrong turn on Kefalonia once. In a hired old nail of a Lada jeep. The road wasn't as bad as that one, but it wound up and down a mountain, and the thought of breaking down/ missing the road in the awful headlights in the middle of the night wasn't nice at all.
  11. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Sympathies to the families. Especially the poor guy who died.
  12. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    Agree with Melvil's sentiments.

    I'm also sure it's one road I'll not be planning to visit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  13. on the road

    on the road Über Member

    I feel dizzy just looking at the pictures :biggrin: