TOP GEAR Ride on Transfagarasan Highway in Romania, trailer
Transfagarasan Highway Făgăraș Mountains DN7C is the second-highest paved road in Romania and most dramatic. Built as a strategic military route 90 km of twists and turns run north to south across the tallest sections of the Southern Carpathians between highest peak in the country Moldoveanu and second highest Negoiu. The road connects the historic regions of Transylvania and Wallachia. It was built between 1970 and 1974, during the rule of Nicolae Ceaușescu. It came as a response to the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union. Ceaușescu wanted to ensure quick military access across the mountains in the event the Soviets attempted a similar move into Romania. Consequently, the road was built mainly with military forces, at a high cost both financially and from a human standpoint—roughly 6 million kilograms of dynamite were used on the northern face, and the official records mention that about 40 soldiers lost their lives in building accidents (more on Wikipedia).