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Where beauty meets adrenaline – incredibly dangerous roads

Death Road by Nils Florian

Death Road by Nils Florian

Valli del Pasubio, Italy

Of course from a point on there’s restricted vehicle access, but when did this last stop anybody? And if drivers tend to think twice before venturing, the cyclists aren’t made to follow the rules. What makes it famous are the stunning views and the legend says that you can’t just go there only once. The true surprise that people most often don’t expect when coming to this place is the huge difference of temperature from the bottom to the top, and even from halfway to top. The 52 tunnels are merely important because they name the trail, when their true meaning lies in the raw beauty you’re about to see.

Pasubio by Alessandra

Pasubio by Alessandra

Pasubio, Italy by Vito Paladini

Pasubio, Italy by Vito Paladini

Pasubio by Valter Manetta

Pasubio by Valter Manetta

Bautiful Pasubio Road by Ciliegio Selvatico

Bautiful Pasubio Road by Ciliegio Selvatico

A window above the clouds by Angelo Sampino

A window above the clouds by Angelo Sampino

Monte Pasubio via Carmelo Raineri

Monte Pasubio via Carmelo Raineri

Skippers Canyon Road, New Zealand

It is the best known road in New Zealand and surely the scariest due to the narrow passages and high altitudes. Over 16 miles of twists and turns, exhilaratingly winding and narrow pathways were carved right out of the solid rock. The Chinese laborers worked for over 20 years for us to have the possibility to venture there. 

Lightly Snow-capped by Phillippa

Lightly Snow-capped by Phillippa

Skippers Canyon via panoramio.com

Skippers Bridge in Skippers Canyon via wikimedia.com

Skippers Canyon Road, New Zealand by Alejandro Puglisi Photograp

Skippers Canyon Road, New Zealand by Alejandro Puglisi Photograp

Skippers Road by Phillipa

Skippers Road by Phillipa

Skippers Hells Gate by Phillipa

Skippers Hells Gate by Phillipa

Skippers Canyon by David Austin

Skippers Canyon by David Austin

Arika to Iquique Road, Chile

The cities of Arika and Iquique are the biggest in the Northern side of Chile. They’re both located on the Pacific Ocean and surrounded on the back by the pristine Atacama desert.

Arica to Iquique Road, Chile Moto Racing Live Michelin

Arica to Iquique Road, Chile by Moto Racing Live Michelin

Chile via tonyacolson.wordpress.com

Arica to Iquique Road via dangerous-roads-and-bridges.blogspot.ro

Road to Arica, Chile via motorcycle-usa.com

Taroko Gorge Road, Taiwan

We know that language, as we use it, is the result of a mere convention – yet it’s impossible to be a coincidence that Taroko means magnificent and beautiful in the local aboriginal language. It’s almost weird how, not far from the Pacific Ocean, the mountain scenery suggests that everything nearby is made of cliffs and woods. The road’s beauty for any driver/cyclist is that it’s full of blind curves, narrow paths and sharp turns, making the trip all the more exciting.

George Road by Bob Hawley

George Road by Bob Hawley

Taroko Gorge Road, Taiwan via Sen Guo Mao

Taroko Gorge Road, Taiwan via Sen Guo Mao

Taroko National Park by Tuomas Lehtinen

Taroko National Park by Tuomas Lehtinen

Taroko Gorge Road, inmotionasia.com

Taroko Gorge Road, inmotionasia.com

Photography snow fight in Taiwan via Sen Guo Mao

Photography snow fight in Taiwan via Sen Guo Mao

Taroko National Park, Taiwan by Jorge Gonzalez

Taroko National Park, Taiwan by Jorge Gonzalez

The Death Road – North Yungas Road, Bolivia

It’s most often cited as the most dangerous road in the world, and the reason we picked it to be among the first is the number of buses and trucks that have accidents here annually, falling off the cliffs of the road. What makes it exceptionally dangerous isn’t the extremely narrow path itself, but the attempt to overcome another car.

The Death Road, Bolivia via worldfortravel.com

The Death Road by wheresshelly

The Death Road by wheresshelly

World's End in Bolivia by Roger T.

World’s End in Bolivia by Roger T.

Death Road by Ken Weaver

Death Road by Ken Weaver

The Death Road by Marco Antonio

The Death Road by Marco Antonio

James Dalton Highway, Alaska

It looks serene and catching the aurora Borealis here is worth all the cold, wind and wilderness in the world. What’s not worth it, on the other hand, is the number of accidents that occur here. The Dalton Highway covers 414 miles and slices the old state of Alaska in two – unfortunately, most of the times when we get to hear about it the subject is another dreadful accident instead of one of America’s most dramatic sceneries. Of course, unlike the cliché-beauty we often think of when it comes to nature, Dalton Highway is not a land of color contrast, but of visual harmony. Most of the year, the entire scenery is nothing but a serene mixture of cool colors.

Crashin' and Thumblin'  Somewhere across James Dalton Hwy, AK by Manuel Codignoni

Crashin’ and Thumblin’
Somewhere across James Dalton Hwy, AK by Manuel Codignoni

James Dalton Highway, Alaska via autoblog.gr

James Dalton Highway via Mathew Hodges

James Dalton Highway via Mathew Hodges

James Dalton Highway Alaska via hickerphoto.com

James Dalton Highway by Laurent Dick via alaskaphotoworld.com

Alaskan Star climbing Atigun - semi tractor in winter, Atigun pass by Alaskantrucker 379

Alaskan Star climbing Atigun – semi tractor in winter, Atigun pass by Alaskantrucker 379

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