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Old 02-10-08, 04:42 PM   #1
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Anyone ever ride the Road of Death in Bolivia

I found this website that talks about the Bolivian Road of Death. Has anyone every ridden this road? If not for the danger, it looks to be a fascinating ride.
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Old 02-10-08, 06:13 PM   #2
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Haven't been there but Nightline had a nice piece on this road on January 16, 2008. If you go their website, http://abcnews.go.com/nightline you search for it under featured videos and view it. I think it is titled "Full Report: World's most dangerous..."
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yeah, I rode it a few months ago. with a guide and hired bikes. it was a lot of fun- definitely more fun on a bike than in a car. you drop more than 3500m, so the climate and vegetation and everything change a lot from top to bottom. our guide made point of showing us where trucks (and tourists on bikes) had gone off the edge, but it didn't really seem that dangerous. big consequences if you mess up, but not great odds of messing up. there wasn't a lot of traffic when I rode it, which helped. anyways, good fun, I can recommend a guide if you're thinking of going.
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There are a ton of videos about it on youtube. Looks crazy.
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My brother rode it last year and it's on my "to do" list. The photos are pretty spectacular. I believe it used to be the main traffic route, but the U.S. paid for another road so most vehicles go that way now. Apparently you have to carry bribe money in case the police drug checkpoints decide to hit you up for a bonus...

Stephen Lord's Adventure Cycle Touring Handbook has a write-up by someone who rode UP and then down.
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Apparently you have to carry bribe money in case the police drug checkpoints decide to hit you up for a bonus...
More like I reach into my seat bag and pull out my Glock "9". THEN we'll see who's bribing who. haha.
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More like I reach into my seat bag and pull out my Glock "9". THEN we'll see who's bribing who. haha.
You should read Graham Greene's " The Ugly American"
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What made it particularly dangerous a few years back was the traffic on that Death Road. I went down there in 2003, and there used to be a lot of trucks going up and down. The road isn't wide enough for two trucks side by side, so it was very hectic.
At that time, a new road to Coroico was being built and I heard it is finished and open to traffic now. Meaning the Death Road should have a lot less traffic on it.
I'd say it's not that dangerous on a bike, provided that you don't let yourself take too much momentum and keep away from the left side with the drop.
I think the scenery makes it worth going there, rather than the thrill. It's absolutely beautiful, and Coroico makes for a nice change if you've spent some time in the Altiplano: it's a lot warmer, the food is better, it's very relaxed , green and lush.
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I have read about that road before but every time I about read it I feel a little sick. Looks amazing but I am not best with heights at the best of times.
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You should read Graham Greene's " The Ugly American"
"Ugly American is an epithet used to refer to perceptions of arrogant, demeaning, thoughtless behaviors of Americans at home or abroad". -wikipedia

Oh sorry there, you must of missed this part, "Apparently you have to carry bribe money in case the police drug checkpoints decide to hit you up for a bonus..."

For me it was a somewhat appropriate(although joking) response.
Not my problem if your giving sympathy to cops who abuse their power on tourists.
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