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Old 05-03-2010, 03:05 PM   #16
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Transalpina Romania

Lenght: aprox 160km no gravel, macadam, stone and easy mud
Location: mid Romania, Romanian Alps
Riding time: one day
Max height: 2040m

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Old 05-03-2010, 04:03 PM   #17
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Dangerous, icy slopes...

Originally Posted by Chanderjeet

Better have an ice ax and be familiar with self-arrest.
A false move and one could find himself sliding down that icy face all the way back to India.
Gives me goose bumps...
He, whose nuts skim the ground while airborne, won't crash very far!

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Old 05-03-2010, 07:03 PM   #18
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NZ: Queenstown, Walter Peak, Nevis loop

OK, here's one of NZ's best, more than one road really but a stunning ride.

NAME: The Queenstown - Walter Peak - Nevis loop
Start: Queenstown
Finish: Queenstown
Country: South Island, NZ
Approx distance: 250 km

Summary: Take the historic TSS Earnslaw across scenic Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station, leave the tourists behind & ride off through the mountains up the deserted gravel of the Von road. Head east once you hit the highway, turning left at Mossburn to link onto highway 6, then stop for lunch at the Garston Pub. Just up the road turn off onto the Nevis Road & climb 1000's of feet up into the sky on a series of gravel switchbacks, then follow the Nevis Valley down through 25 stream crossings on the area's biggest & most remote farm. Climb out over the saddle to Bannockburn then hit the tar again & return to Queenstown through the nicely twisty Kawarau Gorge.

Loading onto the old steamship at the Queenstown Dock. Check in at the Real Journeys office to book a space.

Heading out through Walter Peak Station on Wakatipu's Southern shore:

Up into the hills on the Von road:

The Von road:

The Nevis:

The Nevis:

The Nevis:

The saddle above Bannockburn:

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The wilderness, the desert - why are they not crowded
.................................................. .....with pilgrims?

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Old 05-03-2010, 10:40 PM   #19
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Skippers canyon
NAME: Skippers canyon
Start: Queenstown
Finish: Queenstown
Country: South Island, NZ
Approx distance: 100 km return

Gold miners carved this road out of the cliffs follows the shot over river.
When the flag drops, the bullshit stops.
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Old 05-03-2010, 10:54 PM   #20
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Girdev Lake -Turkish Mediteranean

A one day ride starting off at 200m above sea level rising to 2000m through pine and cedar forests then on up into the summer pasture areas, passing some nice viewpoints along the way


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Old 05-03-2010, 11:32 PM   #21
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Colebatch for his latest report on Russia

And as others have said:
Metal jockey

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Old 05-03-2010, 11:54 PM   #22
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For Australia it would have to be the Canning Stock Route I reckon.
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Old 05-03-2010, 11:54 PM   #23
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Rohtang pass - India:

too bad i didn't travel with a camera :(
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Old 05-04-2010, 12:12 AM   #24
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Name: Sani Pass
Start: South African border, near Himeville, Kwazulu Natal
Finish: Kingdom of Lesotho border post, between Thaba Tseka and Mokhotlong
Country: No Man’s Land!
Approx distance (days or miles) 33km; can be done in half an hour, can take all day, can prove impassable!

Probably the best biking round not in any country, you literally leave one country, ride about 1 km vertically and enter another country. This can have interesting insurance implications….
It’s a series of winding twists, hairpins, plunging drops and mind-blowing scenery.
And sadly, it is to be tarred, so swap your knobbies for slicks!
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Old 05-04-2010, 12:30 AM   #25
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I can't compete with Chanderjeet. Or Sambor or Aurel or...

But for something closer to home (if you live in Blighty), try

Albania - Sarande to Vlore.
About 60 miles.
(more on Albania and its "roads")
Albania is rebuilding - well, building would be a better word - this route, so get there soon before it's gone! (Or before it's there!?) For most of its length, especially near Vlore at the northern end, it is tarmacced, albeit badly, and is navigable on a road bike. Stunning views over the Adriatic, several frozen-in-time (but thawing) ex-communist villages, friendly people (if you're British or American and therefore an "ally"), loads of silver-sanded secluded empty beaches. Albeit with crumbling bunkers and gun emplacements.

Albania has other routes too, especially in the north-east, and if you like ferries has a route along some flooded reservoirs. But ferry rides probably don't count.

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Old 05-04-2010, 02:45 AM   #26
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Originally Posted by carmima
Colebatch for his latest report on Russia

And as others have said:
Metal jockey
+1 for Sambor and Metal Jockey, and especially Colebatch's BAM


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Old 05-04-2010, 07:59 AM   #27
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Originally Posted by RumRunner
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...
Pics from the Trans Taiga. 666 km in, 666 km out, total 1332 km's. Takes 2-3 days depending on how many graders are out, your speeds and the weather.


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Old 05-04-2010, 08:19 AM   #28
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Wow guys, great responses and amazing pictures, thank you so much! Please don't be put off if you feel your recommendation doesn't live up to those suggested so far, or if you don't have pictures. I'm looking for all kinds of roads and I don't need pictures for every one. Please keep 'em coming. I knew this was the place to come!

Thanks a lot,

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Old 05-04-2010, 08:23 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by franken
Sambor for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan (silk road, pamir highway)
and Aurel (and the others) for Morocco
Forgive my ignorance, but could you tell me some more about these roads? (I feel like a child asking David Beckham 'So, what do you do?', but still...)
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:28 AM   #30
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First of all, thanks for creating this thread and doing the research for my bucket list.

If you've got 50 roads, consider the Dempster Highway in Northern Canada.

Start: Dawson City, Yukon.
Finish: Inuvik (summer), Tuktoyaktuk (winter)
Country: Canada
Approx distance 460 miles in the summer, 580 miles in the winter (2 -3 days)

This is a gravel road that travels north from Dawson City, Yukon, Canada to the Arctic Circle to
the Arctic Ocean. In the winter, you can ride the Arctic Ocean ice road to the village of Tuktoyaktuk.

It gives you the gold rush,

spectacular nature and you should see lots of wildlife,

challenging driving conditions,

the Arctic Circle,

"Eskimos" (don't call them Eskimos),

Northern Lights,

Polar Bears,

Dog sleds,

And if you do it in the winter,

you get to enjoy the ice roads.
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