Saddle Road One of the Scariest Roads in the Nation

According to today’s Yahoo Travel section, Saddle Road on the Big Island is one of the scariest drives in America.

While it is a pretty bad road… I’ve driven on much worse that didn’t even make the list:

The Big Island’s incredible Saddle Road shoots between two hulking volcanoes across a sweltering lava-rock desert. “Famously bad and dangerous” is how one guide describes Hawaii Route 200 between Hilo and Waimea.  Although improved in recent years, much of the route is narrow and one-way; intermittent fog makes it even more hazardous. Side roads lead to the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.

I wonder if this was before or after the recent Saddle Road Improvement projects?

Then again… when you see people flying over saddle road like this idiot… you can understand why it could be so scary!


3 Responses

  1. Trippy.

    There are several cuts edited together, obviously. S/he starts out leaving from the West side and then returns at the end to the West Side. Anything that is still paved down the middle only (hence a one lane road with a half land shoulder): that’s on the West side. The part with wide, dark, smooth pavement is on East Side. The little bridges are on the West side, too.

    Figuring out the different times of day and absence of other traffic is a brain teaser. Direction of travel is a little easier.

    The mile markers go by too fast to read. so I can’t peg things definitely, and haven’t been up there lately.

    I didn’t catch the few familiar landmarks up there, like the turn offs for the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, or the Pohakuloa HQ, or the ranches at Waiki’i.

    Anyway, that’s all I can tell ya’!

  2. Who rides a motorcycle over Saddle Road???? Serious thrill issues.

  3. Interesting, and appropriate music. Taken before many of the new improvements. At least two spots where he would have died if there was a vehicle coming the other way at the right moment. Plus how many broken traffic regs? Including running the stop sign at Mamalahoa.

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