Danger? I Laugh in the Face of Danger!
Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
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Once comfortable off we rode down the first part of the road; downhill bitumen
After an hour and a half of flying downhill the hard part began. They never mentioned we had to actually ride up hill for a little bit. Let's just say when you live at sea level then take you body up a few thousand meters, jump on a bike and try to ride up even the smallest incline your body rebels. Rick with his strong legs powered ahead and ended up at the rest break 20 minutes before Megan, who with her stick legs ended up having to walk the bike up hill, coming in last.
From that point on it was all downhill but in a good way. The second part of the ride is the dangerous part. You couldn't get up speeds as fast as on the bitumen as it is a dirt road, one car wide in parts. Couple this with the fact that there are heaps of trucks and buses whizzing up and down and again a very steep vertical drop off. Along the way down we would know if a dangerous corner was coming up by looking for the crosses and shrines in remembrance of the people who had unfortunately gone off the edge. We found out later that a number of tourists using other biking companies have died by either going over the edge or being hit by cars
Thankfully no one fell off their bike or over the edge but Rick did test his breaks when he ran into the back of another girl as she stopped suddenly for no reason. Opps! The ride ended at a local hostel where we had a buffet lunch and a shower, thankfully, as we were covered from head to toe in dust. The other thing to remember is that after riding down the World's Most Dangerous Road ........the only way to get back up is to drive.