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Dangerous Mountain Roads – Armenia

Meghri to Kapan - 2011

It could’ve been deadly.

On an isolated road in southern Armenia – close to the Iranian border, I attempted to hitchhike over the mountains from Meghri to Kapan.

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MRP setting out from the town of Meghri. RIGHT: the road started out fine.

But after a lack of traffic, I let a rough, chain-smoking taxi driver persuade me to accept his ride.

I agreed to $20 for the 60 kilometer trip.

It was a good move.

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Driving up the mountain roads, it got steeper, icy – hazardous.

No vehicles, only the odd truck, mostly stopped due to the snow and ice coating the road. A few with chains, still ventured forward.

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At the high pass – around 2500 meters.

However, even our car got in serious trouble as we slid down the road and halted just short of the edge (it would be my second-icy road disaster within as many days in Armenia).

The driver was shitting himself.

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One of the very few other vehicles on the road that day.

And I confess, it got my heart racing.

But we spun out of it and slowly backed down-hill to a dry patch of road, before attempting the icy slope again.

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TOP RIGHT. Looking out the rear windscreen – sliding down the road !!!

After much longer than he expected, we finally reached Kapan.

It had been a hell-of-a mission.

And relieved to have arrived without accident, I gave him a few dollars extra.

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