Travel Rag

Gravity, Grime ‘n Gravel A wild mountain bike ride down the “World�s Most Dangerous Road” in Bolivia�s Cordillera Real leaves a rather grubby Chris Ord gasping for more gravity-assisted thrills. CUT TO THE CHASE: Show me the photo slideshow of the World’s Most Dangerous Road!!! A man stands solemnly on the edge of the narrow dirt road, flashing his…

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The Edge of the World

Sprawled on my back at 18,000 feet I realized the horrible truth: there is no air here. Zero oxygen was reaching my dazed brain. Oxygen masks would drop if a plane decompressed at this altitude, but no matter how perfectly I visualized it — little masks, giant masks, rows of dancing masks — none would drop for me. Which…

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The Big Drop

The priest manages a small, inscrutible smile as he clambers on to our bus. “Lord, protect your children on their journey,” he said in querulous Spanish, making a long sign of the cross over our heads. “If it be Your will, help them reach their destination.” Then he sets off again. It’s not exactly a vote of confidence, but…

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