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14 Extremely Dangerous Roads

 Anyone who has been on a rollercoaster will know the expression “to have your heart in your mouth.” However, it is very unlikely that this form of entertainment can be compared with highways built several kilometers above an abyss, in a lonely desert, above water, or below it. Below are 14 of the world’s most unimaginable roads which will overshadow even the most thrilling of rides.
 
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Guoliang Tunnel, China
This tunnel is 1.2 km long and is built through a mountain range that leads to a village of the same name. In the 1970s, the inhabitants of this village made this tunnel and the “windows” using only their hand tools. The width of the tunnel is about 4 m, so drivers have to be very careful.
Maeklong Railway Market, Thailand
At a glance, Maeklong Market resembles hundreds of other markets that can be found in Thailand, but this all changes when you hear the whistle of the train which passes right through the market. The sellers take their goods away and fold their tents in a matter of seconds, giving way to the train which moves at around 15 km/h.
Yungas Road, Bolivia
This road connects the Bolivian cities of La Paz and Coroico. Descending from a height of 3,300 to 360 m above sea level, it forms a number of loops. The road is very narrow, but this does not stop trucks from squeezing close to each other. However, a lot of the time, one has to back up quite a distance.
Eyre Highway, Australia
Looking at this highway, it doesn’t really seem dangerous. However, the number of accidents on the 1,600km highway, built far from any localities, is really high. The reason for this is quite simple: the landscapes here are so monotonous that drivers often fall asleep at the wheel.
The “Nose of the Devil” Railway, Ecuador
This railway is built on the rock of the same name at an altitude of 800 m. Up until very recently, tourists were allowed to ride on the roofs of the wagons, but it is now prohibited.
Pamban Railway Bridge, India
This bridge connects the mainland part of India with Pamban island. In 1964, the bridge was destroyed by strong gusts of winds. Therefore, now, when winds are above 55 km/h trains receive a signal warning of possible danger.
Karakoram Highway, Pakistan, China
At 1,300 km long, this highway is considered the world’s highest international highway. One of its sections passes at an altitude of more than 4,600 m. During the summer, monsoon rains often cause landslides, and in the winter, the highway is closed due to weather conditions and possible avalanches.
 
Passage du Gois, France
This passage connects mainland France to the island of Noirmoutier. During high tide, this road is fully submerged in water and, as a result, it is only available to drivers twice a day.
Leh-Manali Highway, India
This highway runs through several high mountain passes, located at an altitude of 4-5 km. The road is very narrow, but this doesn’t prevent the locals from zooming through at high speeds.
Tianmen Mountain Road
This 11 km long road, with its 99 bends, leads to the top of Tianmen Mountain where a Buddhist temple can be found. In some sections, the distance between two bends is less than 200 m, so drivers have to be very careful.
Road Through Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
This highway, running through the dried Salar de Uyuni desert, is located at an altitude of 3,650 m above sea level. Local landscapes are so unusual here that it’s easy to get lost, and cell phones are useless as there’s no signal. If you are going here, it’s best to go with a tour group, especially since temperatures at night can fall to -30C.
Road Through Skippers Canyon, New Zealand
Several holes, cliffs, steep descents, bends, suspension bridges, and narrowings are all the surprises that can be found on this crossing through Skippers Canyon. As a result, local car rental agencies don’t even provide insurance for those who visit this route.

 

The James W. Dalton Highway, Alaska, USA
Only 175 km of this 666 km long highway is covered with bitumen, and one has to drive the rest of the way on gravel. There are only 3 refueling stations, 1 medical center, and 3 settlements along the highway. The local police force checks that those who are going to be traveling this route have all that they need to survive the difficult Alaskan conditions.
“Train to the Clouds,” Argentina
During the 217 km train journey you will pass through 21 tunnels, 42 bridges and viaducts, 2 spirals, and 2 zigzags. This track is so high that it sometimes passes right through the clouds – hence the name.
Source: brightside
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