Saturday, June 23, 2007

"The Worlds Most Dangerous Road" AKA "The Road Of Death"

Yesterday we went mountain biking down the famous Road of Death :

And today, we are still alive!

Here are the photos:

We got up around 7:30 and left La Paz for a short drive to the start of the death road. On arrival we got all our gear on and tried out the bikes:

This was probably the first time I´ve ever ridden a bike with breaks that really work properly!

The first part of our ride was on properly surfaced roads to get us used to riding the bikes again (a couple of us had not ridden since we were 12 years old...).ç

The road was pretty steep with some funs turns that you could pretty much take without slowing down.

And a few uphill sections that required a bit of rest afterwards.

After some more riding we reached the death road proper and tried out the first section.

Having successfully completed this without falling off the edge our guide offered us the choice of splitting up into two groups, one fast and one a bit slower, or all of us going a bit faster.

So we all chose to go faster and carried on down the death road.

After about 3 hours of riding (with frequent breaks for water and rest) we reached the bottom.

And had a very welcome beer!

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