Monday, May 7, 2007

The Bridge of Peace

Constructed in 1929 over a span of just six months (roughly the time it takes for the Ohio Department of Transportation to widen one of the on-ramps between I-77 and I-480), the Royal Gorge Bridge is the highest suspension bridge in the world at 1,053 feet above the Arkansas River. It was built specifically for tourists and not as a means of transportation, and it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the state of Colorado (why the Arkansas River is in Colorado I'll never know.) From what I have heard, the view is positively breathtaking.
One day I would like to take a trip to Colorado to walk out onto the Royal Gorge Bridge. Despite my dislike for high places, I would go to the very center of the great span. Once there, I would look around to make sure I was alone. Then, reaching into my rucksack, I would pull out my Epson printer, raise it over my head, and hurl it down into the mighty gorge with all my might. Only then would I achieve peace.

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Mr. Austin said...

That was a heckuva setup for that bit. Well played.

I'm actually from CO and have been to Royal Gorge a couple times. The bridge is nice, but there's also a gondola as well as one of those sky-ride, slingshot, swing-free-fall rides that sort of dangle you over the drop. It's very pretty and only sort of commercialized.

Neil said...

Thanks for the comment, Mr A... I would actually like to go to see the bridge some day, but I don't know if I would bother bringing the printer with me. I might just hurl it out the window of the airplane.

Anonymous said...

The Gorge is awesome! (and not the commonly used "awesome". This bridge inspired the word.) I drove my Ford Explorer over the narrow, bouncing span. It was very cool despite the looooooooong drive to get there.

zirelda said...

I worked at the Royal Gorge Bridge when I was 16 and spent a lot of time there when I was a kid. Haven't been there in a long time but I still see it when I drive by.

Nice to meet you.

Neil said...

Nice to meet you, too, Zirelda.

Liona said...

Interesting to know.

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