Riding the `Death Road`
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One of the big tourist attractions in
Sarah had decided that she was much to petrified to attempt the road after hearing all the horror stories of various people being maimed on the trip, so I saddled up with Daan our Dutch friend from the
Off at in the jeep for an hour or so to the start of the road at about 4700m, it was damn chilly at this time of the morning at this altitude. Anyway we got on our `Downhill Madness` gear (the name of the company) and saddled up. The first hour or so of the ride was on paved road and was two lanes, not sure what they are talking about, dangerous road, bollocks! The paving was good though, gave you a chance to get used to the bike, and the guide wasnâ€™t shy with the speed, good fun.
The real `death road` started at the end of the paved section, it quickly turned into a single lane dirt road. Trucks were going up and down, if they met, the one heading down had to back up till it got to a passing spot. This got really interesting when several trucks were coming down and they all had to back, lots of wheels hanging off the edge.
Our group split into two for the ride down, a fast and a slow, luckily I got in the fast one. We were going down pretty quick I have to say, much quicker than I was anticipating, but Daan was first behind the guide and I wasnâ€™t letting him drop me so I went flat out. Such good fun, a must do for anyone in
By the end of the ride we all covered in dust and the dust masks the guides gave us for the bottom section of the ride were a good thing. We got to Coroico where the ride finished and had a swim in the pool, a buffet lunch and beers before heading back to