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Old 08-21-2010, 08:10 PM   #16
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Awesome mate, you lucky lucky bastard...
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Old 08-22-2010, 03:14 AM   #17
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Wow thats awesome Craig!!

Makes those Vic High Country slopes seem like a walk in the park.

Good to see you're having fun over there mate.

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Old 08-22-2010, 01:48 PM   #18
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Wow! That's so cool - I plan to be the first person to ride that road while standing on my handlebars, with one arm duct taped behind my back. I'll let you know how I make out!
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Old 08-22-2010, 02:19 PM   #19
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Thanks for posting your RR. Someday in the near future, that is one of the roads in SA I want to ride.
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:11 PM   #20
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Interesting. We saw no uphill traffic whatsoever except at the very lowest portion of the road, where there are a few settlements and therefore some minimal traffic. However, the lower section isn't at all dangerous, at least by Bolivian standards. And there was no downhill traffic at all except for our group of motorbikes plus several large herds of mountainbikers and their shepherds driving support vans. In fact, the whole ride was a bit of an adrenaline letdown, since it involved rather little or no risk. Some of the mountainbikers looked scared....but I like to think I'm made of sterner stuff than your average novice mountainbiker. Of course people do still die there on occasion; they run off the edge in bad visibility or due to failures of skill or equipment.

I thought the ride was worth doing for the scenery and sense of what it must have been like when it was the main access to La Paz, but I'd have been reluctant to pay for a bike rental. Maybe it's more hair-raising in rain (or snow!). Plus the surrounding area is truly spectacular, and features plenty of nice riding of all sorts.

Mileage varies.

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Old 08-23-2010, 10:51 PM   #21
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Not much room for something to go wrong.. great pics.
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Old 08-28-2010, 05:19 PM   #22
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Cool

Have been there on a dh bike, it's amazing. from snow in the morning to jungle at lunch.
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Old 08-28-2010, 05:33 PM   #23
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Interesting. We saw no uphill traffic whatsoever except at the very lowest portion of the road, where there are a few settlements and therefore some minimal traffic. However, the lower section isn't at all dangerous, at least by Bolivian standards. And there was no downhill traffic at all except for our group of motorbikes plus several large herds of mountainbikers and their shepherds driving support vans. In fact, the whole ride was a bit of an adrenaline letdown, since it involved rather little or no risk. Some of the mountainbikers looked scared....but I like to think I'm made of sterner stuff than your average novice mountainbiker. Of course people do still die there on occasion; they run off the edge in bad visibility or due to failures of skill or equipment.

I thought the ride was worth doing for the scenery and sense of what it must have been like when it was the main access to La Paz, but I'd have been reluctant to pay for a bike rental. Maybe it's more hair-raising in rain (or snow!). Plus the surrounding area is truly spectacular, and features plenty of nice riding of all sorts.

Mileage varies.

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Old 08-29-2010, 01:18 AM   #24
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It was only a few weeks ago I was asking Dan what you were up to . . . lucky bastard!!

Guess I'll add this ride to the list . . .
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Old 08-29-2010, 09:11 AM   #25
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Cool for you man....that's awesome!
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Old 08-29-2010, 02:59 PM   #26
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your going to slow
I went just slow enough to avoid rear-ending the mountain bikers, who were indeed going too slowly. Instead, I wove through and around them, strewing thank yous left and right.

Been there? It's not a big deal, hype aside. Pretty, though, and almost inescapable if you're in the neighborhood (i.e., La Paz). If you crave dangerous rides with little margin for error, there are others.

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Old 08-29-2010, 05:46 PM   #27
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Cool, love that sheer dropoff shot
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Old 09-01-2010, 06:21 AM   #28
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nice 1 Craig!

wish i was up there in them mountains!
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:33 AM   #29
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The guys from Top Gear did a trip in South America last season in 3 suspect 4x4s. Here's a clip of them climbing this section.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXLxs...eature=channel
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Old 09-02-2010, 07:39 PM   #30
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I"d love to see more of that part of Bolivia..
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