As a special Halloween post, we proudly present the 9 scariest routes on Bikemap – goosebumps guaranteed! 👻
1. The Death Road (Bolivien)
Having been carved into the rock, this route used to be very dangerous. There were no guardrails protecting you from the steep drop on the left side of the road, leading to many deaths. Since the construction of a new street for heavy traffic, there are barely any cars on the death road anymore, leaving it less dangerous and mostly empty for bike tours.
2. Sagada (Philippines)
This small Filipino village is known for its tradition of mounting coffins on rock or placing them in caves instead of burying them. The Sagada people carve their own coffins before their death. Once they’ve died, their bodies are pushed into the coffins, often breaking some of their bones. The coffins are then brought to the cliffs, where they are hoisted up next to the dead person’s ancestors.
3. Snake Pass (England)
This popular cyclists’ route is part of the A57 connecting Manchester and Sheffield and is called the Snake Pass. The road is leads through sections of open, misty moors, an eerily quiet reservoir and plenty of blind curves or spots with thick tree cover where you can’t see well. The road is often very busy and hence not only a spooky route but also quite dangerous due to the passing cars.
4. Aokigahara Forest (Japan)
The Aokigahara forest has been named suicide forest by the media due to the increasing number of people coming to the forest to commit suicide. The forest’s reputation originated from the 19th century practice of leaving weak family members in the forest to die during famines. Due to the many suicides, the Japanese government has recently stopped announcing the number and names of suicide victims publicly.
5. Island of the Dolls (Mexico)
The route leads past the Isla de las Muñecas (Island of the Dolls), where hundreds of dolls are hanging from the trees. According to legend, the island’s caretaker discovered the body of a drowned girl as well as her doll, which he hung in the trees to pay homage. Over the years, he added more and more dolls until he died in 2001. Just imagine riding your bike while hundreds of creepy dolls are staring at you!
6. Pawley’s Island (USA)
Pawley’s island is a haunted beach in South Carolina where a young man is said to have drowned after being thrown off his horse. Today, his ghost (called the Gray Man) is said to wander the beach at night, warning people from incoming storms and hurricanes.
7. Coober Pedy (Australia)
Be aware of the massive holes in Coober Pedy. Cycling off road is not recommended, as you could just disappear out of nowhere…
8. Hoia-Baciu Forest (Romania)
The Hoia-Baciu Forest is situated near Cluj-Napoca, Romania covers an area of over 250 hectares and is often referred to as the Bermuda Triangle of the country. The World’s Most Haunted Forest has a reputation for intense paranormal activity. This route definitely looks like it has been ridden by an alien… 👽
9. Kutná Hora (Czechia)
This route leads you to the Sedlec Ossuary, which is a small chapel, located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints in Kutna Hora in the Czech Republic. The ossuary is estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people, whose bones have, in many cases, been artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel.
What was the scariest route you’ve ever ridden?
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