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Bolivia - Death Road

FYI, there is a show on the Bolivian "death road" on the History Channel right now. Friday at 11pm EST.

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post #2 of 30 Old Dec 22nd, 2006, 10:28 pm
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Just clicked to it, thanks.
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Missed it! But it comes on again at 3am EST. DVR is set to record. Thanks!
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got to have a big pair for that road, not for the faint hearted
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Haven't seen it, but is it the road as in attached pics? It's a notorious one...
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Yep, that's it. I managed to catch the second showing last night. Can you imagine mountain biking down that road, passing trucks and buses all the way?

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THX for the thumbnails. I don't have cable so the PIX are incredible!
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Heck, I got ooked out just looking at the pix!

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I watched the show late last night. AWESOME!!! I so want to ride "The Death Road". Once I buy a GS, it'll only be a matter of time.
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How did it go?? The vehicle down hill had the right of way or was it up hill.
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How did it go?? The vehicle down hill had the right of way or was it up hill.
Vehicles going DOWN have to give the right-of-way to the vehicles going UP.
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No, that's not how it works at all. The largest vehicle always has the right of way.

Just let me know when, Joe. I'm in. That road would be worth buying a GS for.

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Vehicles going DOWN have to give the right-of-way to the vehicles going UP.
Looking at some of the vehicles making the trip, I would have to say that you may be correct, IF the brakes on the down hill vehicle are working!

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Going down hill

My dad drove from Calif. to Nebraska when the mountian roads were only one way dirt. When he met a car or truck going up he had to back back down to a wide spot and let the others go by. The ones coming down would spin out trying to back up. Sometimes he had to back down to the same spot several times before the traffic was clear long enought to reach the next wide spot.

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Wonder Who Cuts These Roads???

You know,

I see these roads and it's one thing to drive on them, but I gotta wonder..."Who is the raging maniac who cuts the raod with a dozer in the first place?" Gee whiz....I get a panic attack just looking at the pics!

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I saw that show a while back, and as my mother, who was a VERY wise woman used to say, "There ain't enough tea in China" to get me to walk that road, much less drive it or ride it.
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I am in but only if we go during the rainy season - great pictures
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Just let me know when, Joe. I'm in. That road would be worth buying a GS for.
I'm thinking if Joe and Ken ride the Death Road together, only one of 'em would come back...

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I'm thinking if Joe and Ken ride the Death Road together, only one of 'em would come back...
As much as Ken and I jab at each other, I don't think the Death Road is any place to screw around. Besides, Ken would be the least of my worries. Get one of those truck drivers driving way too fast, hogging the whole road, all high on Cocca leaves, and then a tie-rod on his truck lets loose . . . good times to be had by all!
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As much as Ken and I jab at each other, I don't think the Death Road is any place to screw around. Besides, Ken would be the least of my worries. Get one of those truck drivers driving way too fast, hogging the whole road, all high on Cocca leaves, and then a tie-rod on his truck lets loose . . . good times to be had by all!
Yup.....call me a pussy because I 'taint ridin' on no "death road!" Certainly not on my beautiful BMW.

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Yup.....call me a pussy because I 'taint ridin' on no "death road!" Certainly not a my beautiful BMW.
I would never call you anything like that! "Little girl" was more on order to what I was thinking.
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I would never call you anything like that! "Little girl" was more on order to what I was thinking.
OK, Joe, how's this: Yup.....call me a "little girl" because I 'taint ridin' on no "death road!" Certainly not on my beautiful BMW.

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I am in but only if we go during the rainy season - great pictures
And I get to pull everybodys front brake pads off for the ride down.
Cause I'm not concerned if you go over the side and get kill (CMON ITS THE DEATH ROAD) however I don't want to have to repell down the side of the mountain to drag your injured butt back up , cause you squeezed the wrong lever in a panic!
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Get one of those truck drivers driving way too fast, hogging the whole road, all high on Cocca leaves, and then a tie-rod on his truck lets loose . . . good times to be had by all!
OK, you watch the trucks, I'll watch for the buses. Much more fun when you've got 30-40 screaming passengers to deal with. Did you see the guy that went off the road in a bus, survived, then went off again on his next trip.

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Did you see the guy that went off the road in a bus, survived, then went off again on his next trip.
He's a slow learner, what else can be said?

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Kind of like the Japanese guy who survived Hiroshima, only to have his company send him to Nagasaki a few days later . . .

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Kind of like the Japanese guy who survived Hiroshima, only to have his company send him to Nagasaki a few days later . . .
I heard the poor guy glowed in the dark for years. Sorry!

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He's a slow learner, what else can be said?

He was just a passenger! I think his family died in the first accident. Now nobody will ride the bus with him......I wonder why?

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I heard the poor guy glowed in the dark for years. Sorry!
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