The Death Road

17 05 2009

DSCI0104Until it was closed to traffic several years ago, the ¨Death Road,¨ as it became known, was considered the most dangerous road in the world.  This has, ironically, made it a major destination for mountain bikers.  Beginning at 4850 meters, the road descends almost 4000 meters before rising to enter the town of Coroica.  The first part is paved and open to automobile traffic.  The last section is gravel and traces the cliff´s edge, forming the death road proper.  A twitch at the wrong moment and you´re hurtling off the edge.  Indeed, three days before, an Irish guy was killed going around a switchback.

It was my first experience on a full suspension bike.  Radical–like a bicycle mixed with a trampoline.

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