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Old 12-30-2012, 03:51 PM   #1914
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Originally Posted by Patrick46 View Post
What gets me is that someone actually had to BUILD that road!!! ...
I was thinking about that, too. I have a sense that the work there was not exactly voluntary...

In southern Alps, for example, a lot of the spectacular switchbacks were built by POWs or by conscripts.

Here is one of these: Route du Marguareis - known better on moto forums by its German name: Ligurische Grenzkammstra▀e, Ligurian Border Ridge Road. It's a former military road, built mostly between 1880 and 1940 along what was then French-Italian border in the Maritime Alps.
Route details are here. By the way, that's a great Web site for intriguing Alpine rides (in German, but one should be able to figure out what's going on even without knowing the language).

Anyway, here it the Ligurian ride. It's a serious 205 (I think it's even posted in this thread, but what the heck - it's so neat it bears repeating).

Robert in Northern NJ __ '09 R12GS, '03 R1150RT, '01 F650GS

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rdwalker screwed with this post 12-31-2012 at 05:16 PM
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