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  1. The image above is of Black Bear Road, which is here in Colorado. The past few years I've been trying to get out of the house so I can see more of the state. I think this is definitely a place I'd like to visit some time (and take the tour that drives you over the pass). A co-worker said he actually had his honeymoon there.

    Anyone ever visit any crazy roads?

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    2. Super Jamie

      Super Jamie

      I used to drive for work, traveling around fixing PCs and other stuff over a large regional area. I found a road one day which was honestly like those skinny tracks you see on Road Runner cartoons, winding around mountains with a sheer drop on the outer side. Two small cars could have passed reasonably safely but christ I have never hugged the inside of a cliff so much.

      I can't remember exactly where it was, but it would have been within this Google Map. Check some of the Street Views out of towns, nothing too scary but some very nice scenery of where I grew up.

    3. Grazza

      Grazza

      Skipper's Canyon Road, near Queenstown, New Zealand, is pretty crazy
      http://www.historic.org.nz/heritage/ATRISK-STORIES/2002_08_skippers.htm
      As that page mentions, hire car firms in NZ tend to forbid use of their vehicles on the road (it's specifically written into the hire agreement). I have some photos of my own of the classic "vehicle at a blind hairpin bend the width of a vehicle with a big vertical wall above and below, but I can't be bothered to upload it right now.

      There are a plenty of notorious hairpin-laden roads in the Alps. "Les Lacets" road up to Alpe d'Huez is a gruelling stretch of the Tour de France and has about 21 hairpins. And the road from Selva to Canazei is fairly bad too, but I remember that mostly for a coach driver's reaction when it was sprung on him unexpectedly that he would have to cross this pass twice in the dark in a vehicle that would barely have its wheels on the road at some of the bends.

      The Road to Nowhere in Iqaluit is notable mainly for its awesome name, and for the fact that it now goes somewhere - they built something on it long after they had first built the road.

      Talking of Nunavut, I've also been on the Arctic Bay to Nanisivik Highway - several times in fact, as repeated delays afflicted a flight from the airport.

      And I've also been on the northernmost road in the world connected to a major international road network, but that was more desolate (and tacky in a few places with Sami souvenir halts) than crazy.

    4. myk

      myk

      When I was a kid with my family we traveled from the US to Argentina on a pick-up truck with a camper. The Pan-American Highway often went over roads that were more or less like the one pictured in the original post. Winding dirt and rock roads, often with cliff-side sections and sometimes too thin to allow two vehicles to cross each other. Not to mention that people would transit them on old and relatively unreliable trucks and vehicles. And some used fords instead of bridges that, when it rained enough (which isn't unusual in the subtropical areas nearing the equator,) would be uncrossable on most vehicles. We had to wait like a day at one of those, and at one point cars got stuck in the water and had to be pulled out with chains or the like.

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