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Discussion in 'Personal' started by Vince_Ulam, Jan 16, 2016.
Strange how I could imagine walking along there no problem... but riding a bike, motorbike or driving... yeah makes me a bit more flinchy.
I feel the same. Reminds me of the earthmover scene in The Italian Job.
I've had the pleasure of a couple of these in South America.
Whoever cuts paths like these are more worthy of my respect than any number of middle class yachted & sleighed sponsor-monkey 'explorers' of whose rescues we read about on an almost monthly basis.
Although the cover photo for the vid looks silly.
I once travelled on a public bus down one of those. It was terrifying. There were only about 20 vehicles per day, but eight people had already died that year (it was only July). The bus was heaving with locals and there was no way out. The wheelbase was very narrow (obviously!) and as a result when you looked out of the window at times, you couldn't even see the road below - just the drop - as the bus itself was over the edge of the road surface. I realised that they did this regularly and the drivers did it almost daily and thanked my lucky stars again for the easy life I have.
Being on the bus from Ravello down to Amalfi was bad enough.
i would love t be o my motorbike riding such roads....what fun yet what fear lol
You make sure you dont make mistakes lol
You are all talk, olds!
This was my most tense 30 minutes of driving, about 25 years ago, in the Kicking Horse Pass, near Golden, British Columbia. This video (not mine) is from 2012, when many improvements had already been made, e.g. the elimination of 'runaway lanes' into the side of the mountain for truck drivers who had lost control of their speed. The section from 13 to 14 minutes gives you an idea of the curves and the 1000 foot drop to your left as you drive.
Those videos are terrifying (I could only watch a snippet of each). My only proper phobia is edges of roads and pathways like those shown here. It came about after a trip around the Tarn when I was pregnant. The fear made me go into premature labour.
The A149 from Kings Lynn to Sheringham is much, much worse than any of these roads.
Don't get me started on the A14 in Canbridgeshire.
I would try it, easy said sitting in my armchair. Brown trousers, definitely.
That is a nice road for biking but some of the speed restrictions creep up on you. There is a good stretch a few miles before Fakenham.
I had to go and inspect the plumbing after just 40 seconds of the first video - the second motorcyclist was so close to the edge!