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The Dangers of the Yungas Road  世上最危險的公路 —— 永加斯路
Be careful when you take a trip down Bolivia’s highway from hell.
你從玻利維亞最凶險的公路往下坡時得非常小心。

  In 1995, Bolivia’s Yungas Road was selected as the world’s most dangerous road—and for good reason. This thin, dirt road has many turns as it goes high up into the mountains. Every year, nearly 300 people die while driving on it. Therefore, locals who use it all the time started calling it the "Death Road."
  Before risking their lives on the Yungas Road, many drivers will stop their cars to say a quick prayer. They must be careful at all times, or else they could slip off the road and fall 2,000 feet to their death. Drivers must also deal with clouds of dirt that fly up from the road and make it hard to see. To make things worse, the weather is always changing. It can rain, snow, and be sunny all in the same day.
  During a trip on the Death Road, drivers will see many crosses by the roadside. These mark the places where people have died. The government is trying to save lives by building a new road to replace this one. Until then, however, drivers will have to face the narrow edges of the Yungas Road to get where they are going.

 

  1995 年時,玻利維亞的永加斯路被選為世上最危險的公路,而且有個好理由。這條狹長的泥路往上延伸到深山裡的路上有許多的彎道。每年,將近三百人行駛在這條路上時喪命。因此,總是在使用這條路的當地人開始稱它為「死亡公路」。
  在許多駕駛人冒著生命危險走上永加斯路前,他們會先停下車來迅速禱告一番。他們必須一直很小心,否則他們可能會從路旁滑落並從兩千英尺(約六百一十公尺)高往下摔死。駕駛人也得面對從路面上飛起來的大量塵土,那會讓人難以看清楚前方。更糟的是,那裡的天氣總是變化無常。常常同一天內會下雨、下雪又變晴朗。
  在死亡公路上行駛時,駕駛人會在路旁看到許多十字架。這些十字架標示出人們喪生的地方。該國政府正試著藉由建造一條新公路來替換舊的以拯救人命。然而,在那之前,駕駛人開往目的地時就得面對永加斯路的狹窄邊緣了。

 
  1. hell n. 極糟的情況(經歷、地方);地獄
    The traffic in town was hell this morning.
    今天早上市中心的交通狀況很糟糕。
  2. select A as B  挑選 A 為 B
    select vt. 挑選,選擇
    This city was selected as the site for the new research center.
    這座城市被選定為新研究中心的所在地。
  3. therefore adv. 因此,所以(正式用法)
    Jason is often late to work. Therefore, he will be fired.
    傑森經常上班遲到。因此,他要被開除了。
  4. at all times  隨時,總是
    Erica has a camera with her at all times.
    艾芮卡總是隨身攜帶一臺相機。
  5. slip vi. 滑倒,失足
    Allen slipped on the wet floor and hurt his back.
    亞倫在潮濕的地板上滑倒並摔傷了他的背。
  6. To make things / matters worse, S + V  更糟的是,……
    Tanya was late this morning. To make things worse, she left her cellphone at home.
    譚雅今天早上遲到了。更糟的是,她的手機放在家裡。
  7. mark vt. 標示(某物的位置)
    The red crosses on this map are used to mark the locations of hospitals.
    這張地圖上的紅色十字標記被用來標示醫院的位置。
  8. replace vt. 更換;取代
    These old desks will be replaced soon.
    這些舊書桌很快就會被更換。

prayer n. 祈禱文
roadside n. 路旁,路邊

名詞 cloud 的相關用法
本文 "Drivers must also deal with clouds of dirt that fly up from the road and make it hard to see." 中的 cloud 的常見意思為「雲」,而若後面加上介詞 of 時可接 dust、smoke 及 gas 等名詞,表「(一團灰塵、煙霧或大批飛行的昆蟲等的)雲狀物」。另外,與 cloud 相關的片語為 have sb’s head in the clouds,表「(某人)流於空想,不切實際;心不在焉」。例:

The huge forest fire released a big cloud of smoke into the sky.
(這場森林大火釋放大片煙霧到空中。)

Simon has his head in the clouds because he is always dreaming about being a star.
(賽門很不切實際,因為他總是夢想成為一個明星。)

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