Worlds Most Dangerous Road - La Paz, Bolivia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by GuiltyParty, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. Peter GG

    Peter GG Peter GG

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    Not much room for something to go wrong.. great pics.
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  2. Gimme 2

    Gimme 2 wheels , with nobs

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    Have been there on a dh bike, it's amazing. from snow in the morning to jungle at lunch.
    Nice Report!
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  3. Gimme 2

    Gimme 2 wheels , with nobs

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    your going to slow:lol3
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  4. oodeano

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    It was only a few weeks ago I was asking Dan what you were up to . . . lucky bastard!! :D

    Guess I'll add this ride to the list . . .
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  5. ihatefalling

    ihatefalling Let it roll

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    Cool for you man....that's awesome!
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  6. markharf

    markharf Been here awhile

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    I went just slow enough to avoid rear-ending the mountain bikers, who were indeed going too slowly. Instead, I wove through and around them, strewing thank yous left and right.

    Been there? It's not a big deal, hype aside. Pretty, though, and almost inescapable if you're in the neighborhood (i.e., La Paz). If you crave dangerous rides with little margin for error, there are others.
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  7. donnymoto

    donnymoto Long timer

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    Cool, love that sheer dropoff shot :thumb
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  8. zenKTM

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    nice 1 Craig!

    wish i was up there in them mountains!
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  9. NovaTrophy

    NovaTrophy Been here awhile

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  10. GB

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    I"d love to see more of that part of Bolivia.. :thumb
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  11. dirtphoenix

    dirtphoenix from the ashes...

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    :clap Great pics!
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  12. Shiveley

    Shiveley Adventurer

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    And I thought shelf road was frightening. That must have made you sweat. Awesome pics.
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  13. markharf

    markharf Been here awhile

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    The video was entertaining....but in no way does it represent the current drive. There's no traffic anymore. There's plenty of room. It's fine.

    You've gotta decide whether you're more interested in reality or shabbily-constructed fantasy. If the latter, go ride the Death Road and make a big deal of it. Otherwise, do the ride (because who could resist?) but at least make some effort to tell the truth about it. If you've got to build the Death Road into something wild and terrifying, you haven't been getting out enough. This is particularly true if you're riding around Bolivia or elsewhere in the central Andes, where there are roads like this which are still in regular use by trucks, buses, taxis and garden-variety homicidal maniacs.

    We now return to your regularly-scheduled programming. Enjoy!

    Mark
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  14. GuiltyParty

    GuiltyParty drifter

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    Enjoy it for what it is man. A great ride in great scenery that gets the heart pumping.

    Death Road was just 1 hour from a 9 hour day. The rest of the day was riding through incredible countryside to places many gringoes would never go. Just getting off the gringo trail and seeing the other places Bolivia has to offer made hiring the bike worth every penny
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  15. markharf

    markharf Been here awhile

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    Yep, exactly. It's the other places nearby (and throughout the Andes) that make it worthwhile. We agree on everything except that I'd call the Death Road a good ride in great scenery.....but which failed to get my heart pumping. That's ok; it's the misrepresentation which irritates me.

    Thanks for the photos and the scent of the Bolivian Andes, 9 months behind me now!

    Mark
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  16. Doug in the Dirt

    Doug in the Dirt Drawing Lines on Maps

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    Farkin excellent to see what you've been up to mate. Great pictures, nice work. Kate and I will have to put that road on the list.
    cheers
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  17. GuiltyParty

    GuiltyParty drifter

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    Doug mate good to hear from ya...been keeping busy I see through Asia. Nice

    Its a lot of fun, despite what others may think. This was the stat as of July that includes bits of new and old 'death' road...so take it easy you have responsibilities now!

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    Roughly translated - "in this way this year 43 people killed turn on your lights here and during all the trip"
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