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Roads of the world: Four of the most dangerous

There are many dangerous roadways in the world, but many have amazing tourist appeal because of the beautiful scenery along them. This coupled with the daredevil in many of us, draws us to them like magnets. Four of the most dangerous and most appealing are listed in this article. Also, be sure and check out the video and slideshow.

marinix photo  Alantic RoadAttribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)
marinix photo Alantic RoadAttribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)
Gerry Glenn Jones

The first part of today's wild journey takes us to Norway, and the amazing Atlantic Road, or as the Norwegians call it, "Atlanterhavsveien or Atlanterhavsvegen." It is a beautiful thoroughfare, and fishing destination for locals and tourists. Many people fish directly from the bridges. Cod is one of the most sought after fish along the Atlantic Road.

The beauty of the Atlantic Road also shares a place with danger, because of its location on the coast. Huge waves sometimes lap over the bridges and roadways, and travelers and fisherman must keep abreast of weather and wave activity.

The next destination in our travels is the James Dalton Highway, which travels for 414 miles through parts of Alaska. It is one of only two roads that cross the Arctic Circle, but the only one in the United States. The other is in Canada. The highway is a very scenic route that takes the tourist through magnificent boreal forests, passed the Arctic Circle, over the Brooks Range mountains and the Continental Divide to the North Slope tundra at Deadhorse and the Prudhoe Bay oilfields near the Arctic Ocean. This roadway can be very hazardous at times, and people should make very detailed plans before making this journey.

Let's now go to a warmer climate, and another roadway that sometimes claim tourists as its victims. That roadway is called the Waipio Road, and it is on the big island of Hawaii. It is one of the shortest and most dangerous roads. It's only 3/4 of a mile in length, but its ascent and descent are at an average grade of 25%, with some parts as high as 40%. The height from the Waipio Overlook to the Waipio Valley below is 900 feet. The road is now paved, but still stalls some cars out on the way up and destroys some brakes on the way down.

Finally, we end today's tour in Bolivia, where we meet our most formidable road, Yungas Road, also known as the "Road of Death." This road leads from La Paz to Coroico in the Yungas region of Bolivia. It was named the "worlds most dangerous road" by the Inter-American Development Bank in 1995. It is estimated that it takes the lives of between 200 and 300 travelers a year.

Yungas Road reaches an elevation of 15,260 ft at La Cumbre Pass, and then descends to 3,900 ft at Coroico. It is mostly single laned and has no guard rails. There are markers all along the road where travelers have lost their lives. Also, it is not just motorized vehicles that go over the side, over 20 cyclists have died on the ride since 1998.

This ends today's trip on some of the world's most dangerous roads, but join us for more travels in the future. And, if you enjoy these articles, click on the subscribe link near the top of this page and receive an email each time a new article is published by Gerry Glenn Jones in the Examiner. They are free. Also, please share on Facebook and other media resources.

Until next time, we will let the "world turn onto our next destination.

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