Roads of Shame - Hazardous Roads

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My vote for "Most Hazardous Road in Central America"

I thought these pictures were fun.  It's hard to get the depth of some of these potholes and the mountainous nature of the topes, but maybe you'll enjoy them.

Note:  MOST of the roads we travelled south of the U.S. border were actually quite good.  Nicaragua had my vote for nearly PERFECT roads (with a few exceptions due to the mountains- landslides and roads washed away in places).  Costa Rica has reportedly the worst roads, but alas, we didn't make it across that border. 

Also, the roads in Alaska and northern Canada were worse.  Here are my votes so far for:

Roads of Shame

1.  Dempster Highway- between Dawson City, Yukon and Inuvik, NWT.  500 miles of punishing gravel, cobblestone, mud, and raised roadbed without road paint or full two lanes

2.

Uh, where is the road?
  Top of the World Highway, Alaska, US side.  A US embarassment.  Also, the road is curvy, high and rather scary in places. 

3.  Road to Eagle, Alaska (the Taylor Highway)- curvy, dirt in places, missing road (but marked), moose on roadway, and very high

4.  Tampico, Mexico Bypass, Hwy 70 south of town

5.  Chaco National Monument, New Mexico - road in is the worst washboard in the world!  12.7 (or so) miles of 5 mph = long time!  (From the intersection of NM 44/550 to Hwy 7890.  Wow.

6.  Cassiar Hwy (Hwy 37), BC, Canada - south of Dease Lake and north of 40 Mile Flats (you can see the spot on Google Maps) due to muddy roads on hazardous mountain pass with no railings and partial lanes on steep cliffs

7.  The road north from Ebony through the State of Veracruz, Mexico on the way to Ciudad Victoria- 10 miles of ongoing "construction" with police checkpoint at the end (I'll have to find this road number)

Note:  Most of these roads were well-worth the effort though because of the gorgeous views of the rugged land.

 

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