Sunday, 29 July 2012


Dear readers,
I am enclosing the 2nd part of the most challenging routes in the world. 

Let's drive our motorhome on the following roads.

Trollstigen – The Troll’s road – is an impressive piece of road building where the road snakes and climbs its way up and up along steep mountainsides. Every bend has its own name, most of them named for one of the foremen that led the construction gangs that built the road. The bends and curves bear witness to the skill of the constructors, built up on the base rock of the steep mountainsides, or hewn by hand into the mountain itself. The road is narrow with a gradient of 9 %, but passing pockets have been incorporated and traffic normally flows without problem. The longest permitted length of vehicles is 12.4 metres. Trollstigen is both fascinating and a test of the nerves, and if you don’t have a good head for heights perhaps you should let someone else drive.

Jiufen is a mountain town, the roads that lead there are mostly steep, curving, narrow, and possibly dangerous. The town is served by buses that run from Keelung, Taipei, etc. The nearest train station is Rueifang Station of the TRA Yilan Line, which is 15 minutes away by bus.

Bridge inverter, one of the most vexing aspects of traveling between mainland China and Hong Kong is the car travel: People in the former drive on the right side of the road; people in the latter drive on the left (a vestige of the British empire).
So to quell confusion at the border and, more importantly, to keep cars from smashing into each other, the Dutch firm NL Architects proposed a brilliant, simple solution, the Inverter bridge.


Whether you are driving north or south, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel showcases the mighty surge of the Atlantic Ocean, the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay, and the soaring grace of an engineering marvel.  Both a tourist attraction and a travel convenience, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel connects Virginia's Eastern Shore with the Virginia mainland at Virginia Beach near Norfolk.


Serra do Rio do Rastro (literally Mountain Range of the River of the Track) is a  mountain range located in the southeast of the state of Santa Catarina,  Southern  Brazil. It is crossed by the road SC-438, with remarkable landscapes and deep crags.This mountain range is situated between the municipalities of Lauro Müller  and Bom Jardim da Serra, and its highest point is situated at 1,460 metres (4,790 feet) above sea level. In the highest areas of this place, the Atlantic Ocean, located about 100 km (62 mi) away, can be spotted on clear days. Frosts are common and snowfalls can occur in the highest areas.


The Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps is near Bormio and Sulden, close to Swiss border. The road connects the Valtellina with the upper Adige valley and Merano.


The highest point of the Col de Turini is 1607m. The road is paved. The Col de Turini runs alongside the Parc National du Mercantour . And like the two cols above, the Col de Turini is part of the Route des Grandes Alpes .The Col de Turini plays an important part in the Rally de Monte Carlo.


There are some roads in this world which just look scary. If there was a list of such roads then the Avenue Towards Heaven (also known as the Big Gate Road) in Tianmenshan, in the Hunan province of China might well be very near the top. It goes from a staggering 200 meters below to 1300 meters above sea level.

The coastal road R27 is a Regional Route in South Africa that consists of two disjoint segments. The first segment, also known as the West Coast Highway, connects Cape Town  with Velddrif along the West Coast. The second runs from Vredendal  via Vanrhynsdorp, Calvinia, Brandvlei and Kenhardt to Keimoes on the  N14 near Upington. The connection between Velddrif and Vredendal has never been built, although it can be driven on various gravel roads.

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