Road to Nowhere #Explore
Not strictly true but it does look from this angle as if it disappears over the edge of a cliff! This is just one of the spectacular roads that sits above the town of Borg d'Oisans in the French Alps. Borg is often on the route of the Tour de France as it sits at the base of the road to Alpe d'Huez with its legendary 21 switchbacks to the top of the mountain.
Earlier in the day we'd cycled down this tarmac ribbon, (the D211A), in the direction you can see having just watched a stage of the 2014 Tour De France on a nearby mountain pass. It was a thrill a minute, especially on a racing bike with skinny tyres, with near vertical drops everywhere and concrete barriers seemingly designed to catapult you over the edge if you got too close.
Littered all over the road surface were small dislodged lumps of mountain rock. As you can see the more susceptible areas were bridged with huge concrete canopies to offer some protection. The weather had turned somewhat gloomy with low level clouds pushing up the valley towards us but the view was spectacular none the less.
7 shot tripod mounted hdr +3 to -3. Post via adobe camera raw, photomatix, and photoshop with various topaz plugins. Nikon D700 with 24-70 f2.8 @ 42mm, f11, av exposure 1/60 sec , ISO 200.