Nature knows no boundaries, and sometimes it is responsible for things that are hard to believe. While all of us know what roads are and that we can drive on them anytime we want, there’s one pathway where people can go only twice a day. Not because of any human restrictions, but one made by Nature.
Passage Du Gois is a road that connects the Gulf of Bourgneuf with the island of Noirmoutier in France. The pathway can be seen only twice a day- because it is submerged for the rest of the time and no one can drive on it!
The reason is that, the road is exposed only twice a day for a few hours during low tide, before it gets flooded. For the remaining time it is hidden 13 feet beneath the waves.
The road is around 2.58 miles long and looks like any other ordinary road when there is no water. In the year 1701, a natural passage was shown connecting the island and the mainland which was indicated in a map. Then around 1840, a service was provided by car or horseback.
The road is extremely dangerous though and on both sides of the road there are panels which tell if you can pass the road or not!
Still many travelers get trapped due to the rising waters now and then. For those who are caught between the tides, rescue towers are located all along the Passage du Gois where people can climb these towers and wait until they are rescued or the tide subsides and they can come down.
The passage is very famous in France because of its unique nature! It also leaves a large number of sea shells on the coasts which are eaten by the locals for dinner or lunch. So you must visit this disappearing road if you ever go France. It is a great example of how Nature will always be stronger than Man!
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