New River Gorge Bridge
Last Friday night, I drove from Blacksburg, Virginia to my Great Uncle’s farm in New Castle, Pennsylvania.
My trip takes me right over the New River Gorge Bridge which crosses, surprisingly enough, the New River Gorge. The bridge was completed in 1977 and is currently the Western Hemisphere’s Largest Steel Arch Bridge. On the north side of the New River, there is a visitor’s center and observation platforms. Some people stop there to see the bridge. Some people stop there to admire New River Gorge. And for a single day each October, hundreds of thousands of people stop to witness “Bridge Day” where parachutists and rappellers jump off the bridge.
As for me, I stopped there because of fog.
Yup, fog. It was a stipulation I set up well ahead of time when I was still paying tolls on I-77, “I’m only stopping if the fog is phenomenal.”
Miles later on US-19, I was crossing the bridge and sure enough there was fog. My right turn blinker was activated almost instantly and within a few minutes I was running down to the observation platform.
The fog was quick to lift, but I managed to get a few shots in before continuing on my six-hour journey.
P.S. This year’s Bridge Day is October 18th. Anyone going?
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