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Old 06-20-2010, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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About nine years ago, my family and I last took a trip to Arizona. Being from Minnesota, I had tried for years to go a different route than the usual Iowa down to Texas and through New Mexico route we always went so I could go to Colorado. My mom was hesitant being terrified of heights.

She borrowed a travel book with the maps of all the states. Each map showed you where the bad parts were (i.e. the drop offs) on the road you took. It was brilliant, and I was able to map out the whole trip without giving my mom a real scare and got to go through CO. Of course I didn't write that book down and we gave it back.

Does anyone know where I can find a book like that again? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 06-22-2010, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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I would be interested in that map as well. I did a quick search and was amazed at some of the places here that I would never drive.

The 19 most complex and dangerous roads in the world | By the Waze (http://www.waze.com/blog/the-19-most-complex-and-dangerous-roads-in-the-world/ - broken link)
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Old 06-22-2010, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Lots of sun and palm trees with occasional hurricane :)
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I would be interested in that map as well. I did a quick search and was amazed at some of the places here that I would never drive.

The 19 most complex and dangerous roads in the world | By the Waze (http://www.waze.com/blog/the-19-most-complex-and-dangerous-roads-in-the-world/ - broken link)
That was unbelievable! I would have a instant heart attack if I was ever caught in any of those roads. How can anyone without a death wish drive those. I'm scared of just a little overpass or a bridge!
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Old 06-22-2010, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Lots of sun and palm trees with occasional hurricane :)
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About nine years ago, my family and I last took a trip to Arizona. Being from Minnesota, I had tried for years to go a different route than the usual Iowa down to Texas and through New Mexico route we always went so I could go to Colorado. My mom was hesitant being terrified of heights.

She borrowed a travel book with the maps of all the states. Each map showed you where the bad parts were (i.e. the drop offs) on the road you took. It was brilliant, and I was able to map out the whole trip without giving my mom a real scare and got to go through CO. Of course I didn't write that book down and we gave it back.

Does anyone know where I can find a book like that again? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
How about checking into commercial carriers road maps (Rand McNally maybe). Those would probably show the more dangerous roads or trouble spots for 18 wheelers for example. You could take off from that.
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Old 06-23-2010, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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How about checking into commercial carriers road maps (Rand McNally maybe). Those would probably show the more dangerous roads or trouble spots for 18 wheelers for example. You could take off from that.
That's a good idea. At first I thought it was a book that they possibly got through AAA, but I am not sure. Rand McNally might have something like that.
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Old 06-23-2010, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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I would be interested in that map as well. I did a quick search and was amazed at some of the places here that I would never drive.

The 19 most complex and dangerous roads in the world | By the Waze (http://www.waze.com/blog/the-19-most-complex-and-dangerous-roads-in-the-world/ - broken link)
Those pictures were insane. And the interchanges in some of these cities they showed, and others like Houston and Phoenix make me more than a little nervous. I grew up in rural MN, though, in a town with no stoplights, lol. But it just seems like you better know what you're doing and where you're going, or there is going to be quite a pile up.
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Old 06-23-2010, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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I've been looking around, and you know one atlas that really reminds me of what it might have been is the Colorado Road and Recreation Atlas by Benchmark. I know they have for other states too. Landscape and recreation maps are part of it. It may not be the exact one, but it seems close. These are for only one state, and the one I had was for the entire U.S., but they were extensive RV travelers, so they might have had something custom made.
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