Crossing the Andes from Mendoza in Argentina to Santiago in Chile the border crossing is one of the highest in the World at around 3300 metres. From there towards Santiago it is a relatively short distance and the elevation of the road drops around 2500 metres. In places the road has to resort to a series of switchbacks to get down steep glacier-carved slopes. Buses, lorries, cars, cyclists all take it very, very carefully. This was one such section of several. Iíd never seen such a tight set of switchbacks before, and was a little surprised I hadnít seen any image of this stretch of road. Sitting in my bus looking out made me pretty dizzy, and happy someone experienced in the route was driving.
I think would be pretty dizzy also. you did a very good job here seeing as it was taken from a moving bus. Good perspective and with the line of pylons to give the depth. Great contribution to the theme Chris.
(Read your emails with pleasure as usual, all is well here. Today is the Sint feest of course but its the new baby we are eagerly awaiting, take acre and love to both)
Chris Holt (2018/12/05 17:55:44): Thanks Elaine,
Happy Sint Nic ! Lots of surprises I hope today.
Congrats with the 6th grandchild coming, lucky you two :)
all the best from Montevideo,
This is certainly a unique and effective TOM choice. The framing is amazing, with the line of poles leading us almost down to the creek. Perhaps your driver had to stop for a bit to get up his nerve? I've never seen a road with such switchbacks even though we traversed a couple of 18% downgrades in Alaska. Regards, Pat
Roads like this can make your senses go haywire if not a touch scary. Good thing you were not driving but I am not sure I would like to have been on a bus either as I have read and heard the drivers are a bit crazy. This does fit the ToM........ I have been thinking of the Moki Dugway in Utah and the road in Canyonlands NP, Utah, from the visitors center to the White Rim Trail about 1500 feet in less than a mile horizontal distance. I put my 4WD in 4-low and let the engine do all of the work rather than riding the breaks. Scary and white knuckled!