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Old 05-03-2010, 10:40 AM   #1
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Eek The 50 best adventure roads in the world

Guy Proctor at MCN (Motorcycle News) is making a list of the 50 best roads in the world for adventurous riders, for an edition of the newspaper dedicated to
adventure bikes & riding.

He's asking the world's most knowledgeable riders for help (youz!). Here's what he wants:

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Originally Posted by Guy Proctor
I need between 7 and 10 roads for each continent, and some sketchy
details sufficient to pique the reader's interest in each one.

So:
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Start
Finish
Country
Approx distance (days or miles)
Summary: [25 to 40 words on the terrain, highlights and hazards]

I don't need really polished insights, but I do need the suggestions
to be reliable. Do you think there's a way I can efficiently harness
the knowledge of your inmates to contribute to this list? I would be
only too happy to acknowledge and plug ADVrider, and the individuals,
and additionally if anyone were able to supply an image that was both
relevant and appealing enough to lead the story (of the sort I see
many of on your site).

Only thing is, this would all need to happen quickly. I need to have
the story wrapped by end of play Wednesday UK time. So as
crowd-sourcing goes this needs to be more a street riot than a general
election!
Let's get this street riot going!!

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Old 05-03-2010, 10:47 AM   #2
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Top of Khardungla India

It starts in Leh and it's about a 3-4 hr ride to the top of Khardungla. Every road in the Himalayas is an outstanding road but there is no place else in the world that you can ride your motorcycle to 18,380 ft. Still gives me shivers to think about it.
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Old 05-03-2010, 10:54 AM   #3
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NAME - Manali - Leh Highway
Start - Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Finish - Leh, Ladakh, Kashmir.
Country - Indiyeah !!
Approx distance (days or miles) - Approx distance 450 kms. (days taken 2 - 3)
Summary: You cross some of worlds highest passes including averaging well over 17000 feet. Uncertain weather, high altitude, no roads, extreme cold and no civilization for miles make this a very treacherous track. Carry extra fuel and feel close to heaven












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Old 05-03-2010, 10:57 AM   #4
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And the Spiti Valley Loop. Even more demanding than the Manali - Leh.
















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Old 05-03-2010, 11:05 AM   #5
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Old 05-03-2010, 11:21 AM   #6
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Shimla to Chitkul (via Sangla)
400 approx km.
1 days ride.
Not too extreme but there's a lot of factors that slow you down but then you reach chitkul which is the last indian village towards tibet. (I just came back last week )


























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Old 05-03-2010, 11:24 AM   #7
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Old 05-03-2010, 11:27 AM   #8
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La Route des Grandes Alpes

The Route des Grandes Alpes is a famourse road from Geneva to the mediterian sea. On its way south, the road crosses 16 High Alpine Passes, 9 of them >6600ft. Amongst theme, the Coil de L'Iseran, with 9140ft second highes, and, with al little detour, the Cime de la Bonnette with 9240ft highes road in the Alps. The road is open June to mid of October.
It is possible to ride the whole 450km's in 2 days. Only it is not suggested to do the whole thing as a race. If you calculate 3-4 days for the trip, you will have maximum pleasure!
The passes:
  • Col des Gets (1170 m)
  • Col de la Columbière (1613 m)
  • Col des Aravis (1486 m)
  • Col des Saisies (1650 m)
  • Cormet de Roselend (1968 m)
  • Col de l´Iseran (2770 m)
  • Col du Télégraphe (1566 m)
  • Col du Galibier (2645 m)
  • Col de l´Izoard (2360 m)
  • Col de Vars (2108 m)
  • Col de la Cayolle (2326 m)
  • Col de la Couillole (1678 m)
  • Col Saint-Martin (1500 m)
  • Col de Turini (1604 m)
  • Col de Castillon (706 m)


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Old 05-03-2010, 11:51 AM   #9
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Ligurian Frontier-Military-Road

Denzel dificulty scale 3-4 average, some 4-5. 60km's in altitudes of 6600ft and above. Old military road from WW1 in the French-Italian boarder-area, Liguria. Google "Ligurische Grenzkammstrasse" for pics and lots of reports, (sorry, don't know how the road is named in English).

http://alpenrouten.de/Ligurische-Gre...d_track57.html

Some pics from the net:





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Old 05-03-2010, 12:58 PM   #10
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The TransTaiga in Northern Quebec Canada is one of the most remote rides in North America. Half of the challenge is getting to the start, which is remote in itself...



Then you hit the dirt...



A snip from the website http://jamesbayroad.com

The Trans-Taiga Road is a gravel road that runs 666 km east from near the top end of the James Bay Road. It was built to access the various dams and generating stations that extend upriver along the La Grande River.

This is an extremely remote road, leading 666 km east - almost to Labrador - with no settlements or towns aside from Hydro Quebec's settlements for workers (not open to the public). At the far end you will be 745 km from the nearest town! This is the farthest you can get from a town on a road in North America! (Not counting the private Hydro Quebec towns that are not open to the public). Along this road is also the farthest north point you can travel on a road in eastern Canada.

The road from Brisay (km 582) to Caniapiscau is rougher and a 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended by Hydro Quebec. The main reason for this is the very coarse gravel used for this road - there's large rocks littering the road surface. However, I have heard from people who have driven this road in ordinary passenger cars and they say it is fine. You do have to keep your eyes open for the larger rocks though.

You should definitely travel this road only in a reliable vehicle with good tires. It is not an overly rough road; passenger vehicles can drive it, but it is gravel. Vehicle breakdowns here can be very costly. Flat tires can be a serious (and expensive) incident if your tires are damaged. You could be looking at having tires flown in on a non-scheduled flight - there are no convenient "tire stores" up here! Please read Driving the Trans-Taiga Road first.

Although there are no towns, there are a couple of outfitters along the way that sell fuel and offer meals and lodging. Cell phones do not work here.

Generally the scenery is fairly level, but this road is definitely more interesting than the James Bay Road. For most of the length it runs through taiga: spruce and jack pine forest, bogs, rocks, and low hills. This is about all you'll see apart from birds and some wildlife, the occasional cabin a short distance off the road, and Hydro Quebec installations. I once saw a couple of wolves playing in the middle of this road.

From our James Bay trip a few years back...





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Old 05-03-2010, 01:29 PM   #11
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Yo Baldy....

Ping Gaspipe and BigDogadventures, for the US and Mex. Just sayin...

And Metaljockey for Africa.
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Old 05-03-2010, 01:39 PM   #12
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I've got nothing on these guys. I guess I'll just look and keep my weak riding stories to myself.
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Old 05-03-2010, 01:53 PM   #13
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Ping Gaspipe and BigDogadventures, for the US and Mex. Just sayin...

And Metaljockey for Africa.
I PM'd 'em. Thanks!
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Old 05-03-2010, 02:06 PM   #14
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Sambor?
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Old 05-03-2010, 02:10 PM   #15
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Sambor for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan (silk road, pamir highway)
and Aurel (and the others) for Morocco
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