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    Default Driving Mountainside Roads/Cliffs-Mt Washington

    You see these commercials with cars driving narrow roads on the outside of a mountain. Sort of looks fake sometimes. Last summer in New Hampshire we decided to drive up Mt Washington as it seemed like a popular attraction. After much fanfare and reading the distributed material we started our drive. About half way up I found myself with both hands squeezing the wheel and my eyes fixated on the road ahead, not daring to even glance to the side as we drove along cliffs. At the top of the mountain, there were many others who shared our thoughts including several guys who did it on Harleys. We laughed ourselves silly over that trip. What an exhilarating experience. Anybody drive any of those mountain roads?

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    I drove through West Virginia on a road like that, while towing a trailer. White knuckled the whole way. Felt like if I blinked they would find my body in a twisted wreckage at the bottom of the valley. I slept terrible that night, kept waking up thinking I was still driving.

    Not my idea of a good time!
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    If you are ever in Italy, take a drive along the Amalfi coast from Naples down South towards Sorrento into Positano....MAN, what a dangerous road!

    I was not driving but still had white knuckles as the taxi driver took these hairpin turns at WAY too fast a speed!
    PLUS you have buses and cars trying to squeeze by each other on a really NARROW two-way road, and the tempers flare when someone misjudges and has to back up a bit to let the other pass through....

    The views are worth it though, probably among the top 10 most scenic roads in the world!

    check it out here:
    https://www.google.com/search?q=amal...w=1536&bih=695
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    Drove up Mt Washington a couple of times and hiked to the top twice as well. I have seen big guys get sheepish on that road. It gets hairy when it is cloud covered.

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    easy.......
    If that gt your attention , try "the tail of the dragon" down
    at the NC,TENN,GA boarder. on a bike.
    A good few days vacation. google it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackpot View Post
    easy.......
    If that gt your attention , try "the tail of the dragon" down
    at the NC,TENN,GA boarder. on a bike.
    A good few days vacation. google it.
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    Not too sure I could handle anything like that after Mount Washington and my wife just said no as I read her the responses. She reminded me some unsuspecting people actually refuse to drive their car back down and take the cog train.

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    Went up Mt. Washington in late September a few years back. We were visiting a friend that moved to Maine.
    Got to the top, and it was sunny. Twenty minutes later it was snowing like crazy. Another twenty minutes it was sunny again.

    They have a train that goes straight up to the top, called a cog railroad. As I recall, there is a sprocket that goes along a chain-like thing in the railroad bed. The story goes that it let loose in the mid-1950's and rolled down the mountain, killing scores of people.

    The tranny on the car had a workout that day.
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    i went half way up and road turned to ice!!!! n snow . turned around very very slowly n headed back down!!! lmao. this was in early summer too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerseyZuks View Post
    I drove through West Virginia on a road like that, while towing a trailer. ..........

    Not my idea of a good time!
    Try it with a rig. lol I once took some FEMA trailers into a remote area of W.Va after a flood. Two big campers loaded on a 45 ft flat bed, pulling it with my big Peterbilt road tractor. Being a light load I could shorten up without worrying about axle weight or bridge formula. That helped, but still my trailer was either dragging against the mountain or the outside tires were off the road hanging out in thin air on every curve. And many times the curves were closer together than the length of my truck. I was half expecting the road bed to give way letting the trailer slide down the mountain dragging me with it.

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    My wife's Uncle lives in R.I. off of Pergatory Rd . Let me tell you they named that road right , its tight epecially on the downward side, when there is another car coming up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joc View Post
    Try it with a rig. lol I once took some FEMA trailers into a remote area of W.Va after a flood. Two big campers loaded on a 45 ft flat bed, pulling it with my big Peterbilt road tractor. Being a light load I could shorten up without worrying about axle weight or bridge formula. That helped, but still my trailer was either dragging against the mountain or the outside tires were off the road hanging out in thin air on every curve. And many times the curves were closer together than the length of my truck. I was half expecting the road bed to give way letting the trailer slide down the mountain dragging me with it.

    My hands are clammy and I got a knot in my stomach just reading that!

    No thanks!
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