After telling them house address and the farm road we lived on they asked, “Is that before the two bridges or after the two bridges?”
I had no idea what they meant. There are no bridges anywhere near our home because there is no water. Turns out these two "bridges" are elevated areas of pavement above a creek. (the first picture in this post). Not bridges as I understand bridges to be. Architectural features I admire for the engineering and construction efforts, but I'd rather not be on one, thank you.
I don’t know which I like least about bridges: their length or their height. If it's a zillion feet above ground then I am not a fan of either measurement. A structure over a creek, now that I have no problem driving on. The bridges that strike terror into my heart are the ones shown below. I've been on them all and obviously lived to tell you about it, but I have to be honest and say that while driving over them I didn't feel overly hopeful that would be the case.
I'll start with the Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado, USA.
Unlike the Tappan Zee Bridge...
New River Gorge bridge, near Fayetteville W. VA on the left. Can you say, Crazy Unsafe?!! 3030 feet long, no side girders. Terrifying! And Foresthill Bridge, the one on the right, is only a teensy bit better because of the cement pillars holding the thing up. It's in California and crosses over the North Fork American River in Sierra Nevada.
Again with the creepiness! On the left, the William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge, aka Bay Bridge in Maryland. It spans Chesapeake Bay to connect Maryland’s east and west shores. Even the locals are afraid of this thing, especially during storms and high winds. And who in their right mind would gleefully utilize the one on the right? That's the Maroon Creek Bridge in Aspen, Colorado. Is the creek named for the color or for the feeling of being utterly marooned when you're above it?
I'll wrap this up with two iconic bridges, both in New York City, New York: The Queensboro Bridge, official name, the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, is a cantilever construction also known as the 59th Street Bridge because the end of it that's in Manhattan is between 59th and 60th Streets. It spans the East River. (now there's some trusty looking siding!)
If you're curious about what bridge edged out the Royal Gorge Bridge for height, that would be the Millau Viaduct in Southern France - 62 feet taller than the Eiffel Tower at its highest point. As close to a bird's eye view of your route than you'll have in the U.S. of A. It's one I have not been on, and never will be.
How do you feel about bridges? Been on any that inspired a fervent prayer?