These roads define "challenge"!

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These roads define "challenge"!

Postby meteorite » Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:03 am

There are our city streets and country roads, dirt tracks and superslabs, and everything in between, but when you come right down to it they are nothing special to drive. Then there are the memorable roads: our own Cape Breton Trail (and just for its size, the Trans-Canada), to our south the Skyline Drive, Going to the Sun highway, Trail Ridge Road and many others; Europe's Autobahnen and historic Alpine passes, Japan's (and increasingly, China's) solutions to heavy traffic and mountainous territory, and so many more.

Recently some ambitious, and untraceable, body collected some photos of a few of the more remarkable pieces of road construction. We're reprinting them here for your amusement.

The road surveyor just followed his pet snake.
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Of course the view is different in Japan, since they have right-hand drive.
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If you think this would be fun in a car, wonder what it would be like with a skateboard?
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Wonder why so many world-class rallyists come from Scandanavia?
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For further information, Disney put out a film called "Cars"
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Looks like our street after the freezing rain storm
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Europe has many striking bridges too
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But what do they do when the downbound bus comes round the bend?
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Did they have to do all this just so the trolls wouldn't have so many bridges to hide under?
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I wonder if the picture really does full justice to the view.
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The traffic at one end of the bridge drives to the right hand rule of the road but the other end drives left.
Well, this is one way of avoiding collisions.
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You get the strangest feeling in the tunnel part when you remember there is likely a ship sailing over your head. (Chesapeake Bay is a very busy shipping channel).
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Somehow or other they drive this, but must admit I can't figure out how. Do they use this for the new Dakar Rally?
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Nowadays they build long tunnels through the Alps to avoid historic roads like this. Spoilsports.
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OK, you have to move from one tunnel portal to another at a different level - and the only place to do it has a canal lock underneath - see, it's easy!
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Ah, it has a guard wall! Where's the sport?
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So if it's -64C - where did all that mud come from. Or maybe it's Midsummer night?
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It's in South Carolina, but there are others like it in Pennsylvania and Ontario too. For real fun try them pulling a trailer.
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You need to go up, or need to go down, and there's no room for the portals to connect? Easy, just go round in circles.
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China is crowded, but there are still ways to sli[p a major bridge ramp complex in.
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The Japanese are very short of ground space. But they are very good at going up.
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Raise them an Allen Road junction, and see them a Spaghetti Bowl. (Local joke - but 401 does have 14 lanes in that stretch!)
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They claim this track only kills 96 people a year.....
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I guess the windows are cheaper than installing electric lighting - but it must be real fun at night.
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The grades are flatter, but the rocks are steeper than in Cape Breton.
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The question is, where was the photographer standing when he took this shot?
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OK, visualize this in winter as a timed stage. Still want to run the Monte?
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