Rip Van Winkle Bridge across the Hudson river, near the Catskills, NY route 23. Bridges are very important when traveling obviously; they cross obstacles like rivers, other roads, by pass cities or bring you into a city. A bridge can be exciting, mundane, dramatic or even dangerous. Bridges have a spiritual quality too like connections between people and ideas. Feats of engineering, they can represent the best of workmanship, with iron, trusses, suspension, roadbed-provided they’re maintained. Noteworthy bridges in my life journeys include: Sagamore US 6 Cape Cod Canal, Mississippi river crossings at Dubuque, Clinton and Burlington Iowa; the narrow but scenic US 60 bridges at Cairo, Illinois over both the Ohio and Mississippi into the Missouri heartland; the Missouri river is crossed at Chamberlain, SD on I-90, and on small spans at Rulo, Nebraska, Blair US 30, Portsmouth Iowa toll on US 34 and Amelia Earhart’s hometown Atchinson Kansas on US 59 into St. Joseph, MO. Texas has lots of causeways on the Gulf, the Sabine Pass bridge near Port Arthur and Queen Isabella from Brownsville to So. Padre Island. The US 90 Langtry bridge crosses the Pecos in West Texas. In Colorado you can drive or walk across Royal Gorge over the Arkansas river 1,053 feet below. I-70 parallels the Colorado river in Glenwood Canyon with a series of tunnels and bridges; in the Lake Powell region of Utah UT95 crosses a span there; a bridge in New Mexico crosses the upper Rio Grande Gorge near Taos. A floating bridge in Seattle links Bellevue suburbs with the I-90 Mercer Is. bridge across Lake Washington. In 1976 I rode in a red convertible hitchhiking over the Golden Gate from San Francisco to Sausalito. Other bridges in America crossed by this sojourner: Mackinac to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Chesapeake Bay (both tolled), the Ashley river bridge into Charleston, SC; Bonner Bridge onto the North Carolina Outer Banks at Cape Hatteras and the newer I-155 Mississippi crossing from Dyersburg Tennessee into S. Missouri and Arkansas. Newport RI, the George Washington, Triborough, newer Boston I-93 Zakim Bridge, Queechee Gorge Vermont, I-95 Portsmouth NH-Maine, and Lake Champlain spans all interconnect the busy Northeast.  The Brenner Pass bridge links Innsbruck, Austria with Sud Tirol, northern Italy.  Yes there are many bridges to cross and I’ve crossed some of ’em!


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