Most dangerous road in the world ...
Scott Laningham 100000GSNP Visits (1940)
I like to check out the BBC radio podcasts now and then, and today they had this piece on the most dangerous road in the world -- one high up in the Andes which I'm certain has been featured in more than one movie. A ride like that is unsettling enough for a driver, but from the passenger seats it must be ridiculous.
I vividly remember one wild ride in the late 1960s. On our way to visit Aunt Moe in Bullhead, Arizona, (I didn't make up those names) we three kids were in the back of our Pontiac station-wagon watching the two lane country road rise and fall in the headlight beams that cut though the otherwise undisturbed darkness. The speed limit back then was 75mph so I'm sure Dad was doing 80. Suddenly, without warning, the blacktop dissappeared and we were doing 80 on dirt and gravel. To add to the sudden thrill, the road began to curve left in a long, wide 180-degree arch around a hill side that hadn't been visible to us as we approached in the dark. Gravel flew in a speedboat-like fishtail as our Pontiac powerslid through the long turn. We kids in the back ended up with our faces plastered against the side window looking over the edge of a drop to the Colorado River while Dad steered through the turn seemingly unfazed, except for his straining jaw muscles. I think he may have sawed a inch or two off of his molars before he unclinched his teeth again.
Podcasting can be that way, when the screen saver launches, obscuring your questions for an interview, or when audio software freezes in the middle of a great answer. Fortunately, the consequences are much less severe than missing a turn high in the Andes, or outside of Bull head, Arizona.