Sometimes we forget that there are rules and regulations that need to be upheld in order to build anything. Some areas in the world don’t really take that into consideration, or their rules are much more lax than ours. This can result in some of the craziest roads and journeys, ever. Some of these places look so spectacular that I would be willing to risk it just for the view. Some makes my stomach churn a bit. The idea that a tire can slip off the edge of the road gets me really nervous. Make sure if you want a crazy road adventure, have a driver who’s experienced and knows the road very well!
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27 Aug 2013, India — Sheep and goats being herded over the Zojila Pass as a traffic jam idles trucks because of a landslide; Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir State; India.
The Transfagarasan Pass Road, south of Sibiu runs between Romania’s two hightest peaks.
05 Jun 2007 — Semi truck travels the (what use to be known as) Slope Haul Road in winter. This 414mile road only has three small villages along its route.
Highway passing through mountain ranges, Khardung La Pass, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India at 17, 582 feet high.
August 2012 — Also known as Death Road this 43mile road was deemed the World’s Most Dangerous Road in 1995. It is estimated that between 200 – 300 travelers are killed yearly along along the Andes Mountains range.
17 May 2014 — Buses and cars travel along the Guoliang Tunnel through the Wanxian Mountain in the Taihang Mountains in Huixian county, Xinxiang city, central China’s Henan province.
This road was built by local villagers and was the only link between Guoliang Village to the outside world. By 1972, the villagers decided to dig a tunnel through the rocky cliff. Led by Shen Mingxin, head of the village, they sold goats and herbs to buy hammers and steel tools. Thirteen strong villagers started to work on the project. It took them five years to finish the 1,200-meter-long tunnel which is about 5 meters high and 4 meters wide. Some of the villagers even gave their lives to it. On May 1, 1977, the tunnel was opened to traffic. The wall of the tunnel is uneven and there are more than 30 “windows” of different sizes and shapes. Some windows are round and some are square, and they range from dozens of meters long to standard-window-size. It is frightening to look down from the windows, where strange rocks hanging form the sheer cliff above and a seemingly bottomless pit lying below.
April 2005 — 4×4’s descend through the escarpment on the approach to Dakhla Oasis in the Western Desert, Egypt
1991, Maui, Hawaii, USA — Aerial View of Winding Hana Road Along Slopes of Maui Coast. This 64.4mile road connects Kahului with Hana, Maui.
13 Jan 2013, Yakutsk, Russia — The broken landscape of Stalin’s Kolyma Highway. Without a rail link to the city, the highway remains the only major land route into & out of Yakutsk. Also known as “The Road of Bones” the highway was constructed with gulag prison labor. Prisoners who died during construction were interred in the fabric of the road.
10 Aug 2010, Norway — Cars are passing the Storseisund- bridge, part of the Atlantic Ocean Road, in western Norway.
This 6.8mile road has 99 bends in it to reach the top of the mountain where visitors can enter Tianmen cave – a natural hole in the mountain with a height of 431feet.
There is only a small window of time wherein you can cross between Île de Noirmoutier and Beauvoir-sur-Mer, France, because this 2.7mile passage is submerged by the high tides twice a day.
Sochi, Russia — A car negotiates the narrow road from Sochi to Lake Ritsa in the Caucasus Mountains. | Location: east of Sochi, Russia.
Mercantour National Park, France, France — Col de la Bonette, 8,907feet is the highest paved mountain pass in Europe. This pass is in the French Alps, near the board with Italy.
This pass connects Uri (the northern German-speaking region) with Ticino (the Italian-speaking region), Switzerland.