SundayStills Challenge : Roads

The first pathways were the trails made by animals, where man and animal both selected the same natural line. By about 10,000 BC, rough pathways were used by human travelers.

The world’s oldest known paved road was laid in Egypt sometime between 2600 and 2200 BC.

Stone-paved streets are found in the city of Ur in the Middle East dating back to 4000 BC.

Brick-paved streets were used in India as early as 3000 BC

From about 312 BC, the Roman Empire built straight strong stone Roman roads throughout Europe and North Africa, in support of its military campaigns. At its peak the Roman Empire was connected by 29 major roads moving out from Rome and covering 78,000 kilometers of paved roads.

In the 8th century AD, many roads were built throughout the Arab Empire. The most sophisticated roads were those in Baghdad, Iraq, which were paved with tar. Tar was derived from petroleum, accessed from oil fields in the region, through the chemical process of destructive distillation.

Longest international highway: the Pan-American Highway, which connects many countries in the Americas, is nearly 25,000 kilometres (15,534 mi)

Largest national highway system: The United States of America has approximately 6,430,366 kilometres (3,995,644 mi) of highway within its borders

Busiest highway: Highway 401 in Ontario, Canada, has volumes surpassing an average of 500,000 vehicles per day in some sections of Toronto

Widest highway (maximum number of lanes): The Katy Freeway in Houston, Texas, had a total of 26 lanes in some sections

Highest international highway: The Karakoram Highway, between Pakistan and China, is at an altitude of 4,693 m/15,397 ft.

This time am up with one of the most beautiful road trips i ever had in Kerala, India

On the way from Wayanad to Calicut, the mist and the wet roads with a backdrop of dark green nature, made my day diving through the clouds.

In to the wilderness, the wild terrains in Mudumalai forests. Wild pedestrians like deer, wild elephants, bysons, bear, peacocks, leopard or even tigers has the preference here by all means. We all learn, enjoy and respect mother nature on these routes.

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10 thoughts on “SundayStills Challenge : Roads

  1. That’s a wonderful post. Snappy historical background and two extraordinarily evocative photographs (if I may be so bold – please don’t take offence – I’d have left it at that. The flood photo wasn’t dangerous or dramatic enough to stand beside the other two exceptional scenes).

  2. Interesting essay/review! And superb photos of roads I’ll never get to see…thanks for sharing them~ Loved the “pedestrians” you shared that one with….and not sure I’d call that flooded road ‘funny’…it looks frightening to drive.

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