Dangerous Roads

The Simon Seeks travel blog has an interesting compilation of what it calls The world’s most extreme and dangerous roads [Link via Twisted Sifter’s Twitter feed]. As you might expect, most of the roads and highways are found in mountainous and/or so-called third world locations, and I don’t doubt for a second that driving them is a harrowing experience.

However, as this post at Sleepless in Midland points out, one doesn’t have to travel outside the city limits to encounter truly horrific road conditions.

And, as far as requiring nerves of steel for responsible drivers to navigate, I would also match up any residential street within ten blocks of either Midland high school around lunch time with any of those roads in the Simon Seeks post.


  1. Not even related but since this is your area and it’s driving me crazy you’re my go to guy. What is with the new CNN design? It’s the font size more than the design I guess that’s bothering me. Am I just getting old, am I missing some large print setting or do they want me to come visit less?

  2. Sherry, from a professional perspective, I like CNN’s new design. And it’s pretty easy to resize the text in your browser (at least in Firefox and Safari; I don’t know about IE [*spitting in the dirt*].
    I do agree that these sites err on the side of using fonts that are often too small, but it’s really difficult to balance that with the need to provide quick access to large amounts of data. But all things considered, CNN could have done much worse with the layout.
    That said, I never visit the site anyway. I use the AP news app on my iPhone for almost all of my mainstream news reporting.

  3. Good morning, Eric. I notice that my comment for your post on the Chinese ‘Tiger Woods’ video ended up here … which is I it makes even LESS sense than my usual comments.
    As for THIS post, I have proclaimed George a Sinkhole Correspondent, First Class … he really has provided us some great coverage. I go through/around that intersection daily, often on multiple occasions (with one of the boys attending SJ), and I can’t belive the trouble – and the fences, and the signs – that woman had to go through to get her car down in that hole.

  4. Jeff, I kinda figured that your comment ended up on the wrong post. But since I read only Cantonese and not Mandarin, I didn’t know for sure how to reply. πŸ˜‰
    I’m trying to recall the operative phrase in the news report about the Prius-in-sinkhole…something like, “alcohol may have been a factor.”
    Brad Paisley has a song entitled “Alcohol” in which he pays tribute to the chemical for its role in making white people think they can dance. Apparently it also plays a role in making some drivers think they can fly.
    But, regarding that intersection, what’s interesting to me is that I now actually make better time with the detours than I ever did when the intersection was open. What’s that say about the flow of traffic in Midland?

  5. Only in Midland could a jaunt through neighborhood streets be more efficient than driving straight down a major thoroughfare.
    I’m sure the residents along that detour are really happy about how long it’s taking to fix the intersection.

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