What is the worst piece of road any of you have seen?
Recently I drove north from Monument Valley over Highway 95 in Utah. One section of that climb was about the worst we had ever encountered - and then I remembered a 4 mile stretch of hair-raising road on the way into Bella Coola, B.C. Now that is something! No trailers allowed.
There is a coastal community a few hundred miles west of Williams Lake that decided they wanted a road to connect to the rest of Canada. They were entirely dependant upon boats for supplies. The Canadian Corp of Engineers came in and surveyed the project. After much agonizing it was concluded that it was impossible to build a road up and over the cliffs that surrounded the village. However, one must take into account the spirit of pioneers who live in such places.
When the engineers left the citizens decided to take on the job themselves. They bought a Second World War leftover bulldozer from Alaska and barged it down to the site. They blasted and scraped - often with half of one track suspended over yawning space above a 1,000ft dropoff. But, they built the road! They had to blast holes into the mountain to back into so that one could complete the turn, the change in angle was so sharp. Then you could continue up the switchback. Today it is much improved but it is still an adventure to come in off the Chilcotin Plateau and drop down that treacherous switchback to the lovely valley below.
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Do you know of any such spots?