A recent article written by Forbes.com's Tim Kiladze was featured on the Yahoo.com travel page earlier today. There's a couple of pithy comments in the article by Megan Edwards and myself. Check it out!
But the reason I'm posting this thread -- Is I'd like to know your thoughts about your own favorite America's Scariest Roads...
To get started, here are a couple of messages that have landed in my e-mail in-box today:
Ow! I like this one better:David C. wrote:
"...Having been on 2 of your 5 "America's Scariest Highways" i have to wonder what planet your from?
Both I-70 and the overseas are anything but scary. Do you not have anything worthwhile to write about?
Why in the world does Yahoo publish this worthless blown out of proportion information?
So, jump in and share your SCARIEST ROADS!Joe G. wrote:
"...Hi, just ran across your site on Yahoo' s web page and thought you missed a few scary roads. In fact, the ones that were listed wouldn't be in my top twenty. I have more than 2 million miles as a truck driver and as such, have encountered many VERY scary roads. In truth, some of these scary rides were due to inclement weather, but even on a sunny day they would rate as formidable.
I'd like to list a few:
US 6 west of Denver from exit 205 to exit 216 of I-70. This bypasses the Eisenhower tunnel on I-70. I was forced to use this road whenever I was transporting hazardous material as the tunnel was off limits. Many, many switchbacks with no guardrails and will snow in August up there. Very treacherous but very beautiful also if you allow yourself to take your eyes off the road for 1 or 2 seconds at a time.
US 160 From I-25 at Walsenburg, CO west to Durango, CO.
Two high mountain passes greet you on this stretch which meant tire chains on almost any day from November thru April. Two lane road, well maintained, but going thru territory where a road was not intended by Mother Nature. Very scenic but I preferred to drive it at night so as not to see the steep drops at the side of the road. Much more soothing if you can't see where you can die if you blink your eyes
US 191 south from Rock Springs, WY, to Vernal, UT. This goes past Flaming Gorge Reservoir and right over the dam with the Green River about a thousand feet below you. This is when the fun is just beginning. Climbing up to the pass is exciting enough, but coming down gets close to pure terror if you have a heavy load. I think the first road sign informs you there are 13 switchbacks ahead and after each one tells how many are remaining. It's a pretty steep decline and it just goes on and on and on. I believe that I aged 5 years in that half hour. The next time I had to go to Vernal, I went 100 miles out of my way to avoid that piece of highway.
There are so many more to list but supper is ready. I'm retired now but I have a lot of pictures in my head to take to the next place.
If you've read this, thanks for tolerating me.