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(all pictures taken with Nokia Lumia 929 cell phone)
I went to see the bridge that held the record as the highest bridge in the world for 72 years between 1929 and 2001. It is a suspension bridge across the Royal Gorge with the Arkansas River about 1,000 feet below. It is a Civil Engineering landmark for its time and surprisingly was constructed in only 7 months. There is a park surrounding it now-a-days with a cafe, gift shop, zip lines, gondola rides, etc. I don't like commercialization of attractions like this, but they have incorporated it into the surrounding very nicely, so I approve. :)
It was very windy yesterday. I would guess it was blowing somewhere in the 30+ mph range with gusts even higher. There were times when I was facing into the wind that I thought it would blow my cell phone out of my hands. But overall, the weather was good, not too hot, not too cold, just right. I enjoyed walking over the bridge and just finding a placed to sit for a while. It was a good day.
|It was a pretty day for this drive|
|Nice view of the bridge|
|It's not a bench, but it was still comfortable|
with a great view
|Showing the main cables coming back|
to their anchorages.
|They have flags from all the states|
I found Louisiana
|Looking downstream in the valley. That is the Arkansas|
River way down there.
|A panoramic view. Notice the man on the far left as he holds his young daughter so she can look over the edge of the balcony.|
|Another panoramic view of the valley|
|This was the view while leaving the gorge area. I liked it.|
Ya'll take care of each other. I'll Cya down the road.