7 Craziest Roads In The World Not Everyone Would Dare To Drive On
If you have ever been a passenger in a vehicle, chances are it was down a paved road. Across the world, the standard seems to be white bordering both sides of a road. And other than what they are made of, that’s where the similarities end.
Some corners of the world have roads that border on “mythical” for hardcore automotive fans. You may not have heard of them yet, but here is a list of the craziest roads in the world used today:
1. Guoliang Tunnel, China
When it came to building roads, I’m sure that the last thing people thought about was carving them into a rock face. Not only does that seem nearly impossible, but dangerous as well.
Shen Mingxin led a group of 13 villagers in 1972 in carving out what would later be known as the Guoliang Tunnel. Because access to the village was so restricted, the construction crew had to use analog tools like hammers and chisels.
It took a total of 5 years for construction to be completed and resulted in the death of one villager. The total length is 1,200 meters long. It is about 5 meters high and is 4 meters wide.
This particular road runs connects the village of Guoliang with the Taihang Mountains.
The Norwegian name of this road translates to “Atlantic Ocean Road.” It lies at the very edge of Norway on National Road 64. Some travel magazines have touted it as a wonderful road trip location, and they likely refrain from truly addressing the danger.
The road is a little over 5 miles long, and you wouldn’t believe it if there weren’t pictures, but it is also built on small islands.
Be careful if you happen to be driving here because one wrong turn will send you into the ocean. And if a bad turn doesn’t take you out, there’s a chance a wave might.
3. The Himalayan Road
This road stands at an altitude of 11,578 feet and runs alongside the Himalayan Mountains. What makes this road unique from most is what it’s made of: shifty, crumbling dirt. That’s right, people are driving on a road that can slip out from under them at any time.
You would think there’d be a conscious effort by the surrounding countries to make a safer road for travelers. Even with the dangers it presents, tourist buses are seen regularly making the trek between India and Tibet.
4. North Yungas Road
No road is more deserving of its ominous nickname than Bolivia’s El Camino de la Muerte, or Road of Death. This road stretches for about 34 miles (56 km) and is only one lane.
It received its nickname because, at its worst, every year anywhere from 200 to 300 people would lose their lives attempting to use the road. With constant rain and fog, no safety railings and bad drivers, it’s no surprise that so many died.
After the government built a new bypass, allowing for safer travel. Currently, the only people seen on the road are tourist mountain bikers and adrenaline junkies.
5. Kolyma Highway – Road of Bones
The name sounds pretty dark and for good reason. This entire highway was built using the labor force of prisoners from Russian gulags. Prisoners were worked so hard that they actually dropped dead.
You’re wondering what they did with the dead prisoners, right? Well, the reason it is called the Road of Bones is because prisoners are actually buried into it. Yep, when you are traveling across this stretch of road, it’s over the bodies of hundreds of people.
And for the city of Yakutsk, it is the only major land route to and from the area.
6. Passage du Gois
Roads that stretch across the ocean just don’t seem like a good idea. And this road doesn’t help to justify why anyone would construct such a thing. Lying on the edge of the country, the 2 mile stretch of road connects together France and the island of Noirmoutier.
It might look like a nice scenic drive at first glance, but looks can be deceiving. Two times a day, the tide put the highway under water, covering it with seaweed in the process. Drivers who aren’t careful might see their vehicles slowly drift into the ocean.
7. Taroko Gorge Road
This stretch of road lies on Taiwan’s Highway Number 8 and might even be the deadliest road in the world. Because of its location, it is subject to landslides caused by rain and earthquakes.
The road is also narrow and has many blind spots, increasing the likelihood of crashes that will send people into the canyon below.