Day 144

Up next in our railroad bridge series…

August 17th, 2010

The Wind River!


  1. A rusty old tin can…but it does have a beauty all it’s own…am I first…well, well…

  2. Melanie-Rochester, NY says:

    I hope the road you’re walking on is safer than that bridge looks!

  3. AZLisa says:

    How in the heck did you take that picture? It seems like you had to be floating in air :-) Too cool.

  4. A question for someone who knows the area…if Matt is going to finish at Rockaway Beach…I didn’t look at the route he is taking for a while…but he will have to take a jog to the South and therefore away from the Columbia, right???…So we will miss some of that beauty and maybe windsurfers???…

    • Sandy says:

      The Columbia turns north a bit at about Portland. He’ll probably leave it around there and head straight towards the coast and his final destination. :)

    • Bev in Vancouver WA says:

      His course has him crossing the Columbia in Stevenson to Cascade Locks. Then he will travel along the historic highway. When he drops down in to Troutdale/Gresham he will leave the Columbia River behind and head to the coast.

  5. Gigi says:

    I see a small island! Must be an awesome place to have a picnic.

  6. MN Roxanne says:

    Awesome bridge… looks like it’s been around awhile!

  7. Sandy says:

    Only around 130ish miles left to go!

  8. Sandy says:

    Ok, after looking closer, it’s probably closer to 150ish. :)

    • Barb V from Michigan says:

      At the pace he’s going he could be in Rockaway by Monday, the 23rd. Whoo-hoo! The end is near, Matt. We’ll miss following you, but I’ll be celebrating with you on your mission accomplished.

  9. Julie in Cincinnati says:

    This picture is amazing! I love the mountains in the background and I love the island! This would be a great place to visit. Great picture Matt!

  10. Candice In Alabama says:

    Matt, did you see the bird’s nest?

  11. Michael Kelley says:

    The design looks a little like a square and compass,a sign of masons and builders,not so popular now a days…..or it could just be intersecting structural rods.

  12. Chris says:

    Hard to imagine it supports the weight of itself, let alone a train…

    • RAYMOND in ALABAMA says:

      These Bridges of this design will carry loads well over what they were designed for. These type Bridges transfer the load Forces from one end of bridge to other thru top and add in track spans all the weight is low when broke down to square feet area it has to carry. Thanks Trusman

  13. young says:

    Rusty steel truss bridges are frightening and reminiscent of the I-35W Mn incidence. Wonder how often WaDOT inspect this thing?

    • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

      If it’s a train bridge they don’t. All train tracks are the property of the train company that owns them.

  14. CP in MI says:

    I love the composition of this photo.

    • katzien in austin says:

      Me too CP! The structure is completely suspended in mid-air and perfectly encapsulates the mountains in the frame of the bridge. Such a sense of space.

  15. jill says:

    I love this photo. Beautiful!

  16. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    Beautiful river. Beautiful weather you’ve been having too. Makes for a much more enjoyable walk I would think.
    As far as the bridge goes it’s nice, a little rusty looking but doesn’t look like it’s falling apart.

  17. Glenda says:

    awesome picture – saw the title and had to look as the only Windriver I know of is in Wyoming

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