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    TX Rainbow Bridge

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    This bridge over the Neches River in SE TX made us pucker in the back seat as dad told us he hoped it went down on the other side. I recall at least six trips before I was a driver. I crossed it several years ago on a bike and had those memories again... and still had that feeling in my gut. I often take riding pics, that time I didn’t even think about it!
    It used to be two-way until another bridge was built alongside.

    There was another in Freeport,TX that we crossed over the Intracoastal Waterway a lot headed to the beach that had a steep narrow grade. Was glad to see it finally go!


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    Think I would rather swim across
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Think I would rather swim across
    No you wouldn't. At that location the chemicals in the water might dissolve your body before you got even close to the other side.

    AS far as I know we don't have any superfund sites in a body of water but if we did this would be it.
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    Thanks for this BUD.....This surely goes on my Texas "BUCKET LIST" for sure. Will be pulling out of Monroe, La. Navy Yard Family Camp after stuffing on the last decent Crawfish before leaving La...........Just another very fine Texas MUST DO.........THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!.........

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    Aerial view

    The huge gabions blocking original piers,or whatever term is, we’re added during rehab, how many close calls in fog through the years. There were pictures somewhere of that construction

    And the Neches may be cleaner than years ago... but I don’t want any part of that water! Huge petro chemical complex!

    A drive by

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    You should try the Astoria, OR bridge across the Columbia River. Very steep on the Oregon side with a long two mile straight run on the Washington side.
    All of this bridge is over water.

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    Norway’s “Drunken Bridge” and the road it services are on my bucket list of roads to ride. Had planned on doing it this year but covid has taken that off the table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EUGENE View Post
    You should try the Astoria, OR bridge across the Columbia River. Very steep on the Oregon side with a long two mile straight run on the Washington side.
    All of this bridge is over water.
    H and I did that a few years ago... recall windy too!
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    One more westbound over it

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    Lot’s of pictures through the years

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    but I don’t want any part of that water! Huge petro chemical complex!
    At least it’s not on fire

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    Wow! Reminds me of the bridge from Sauté St. Marie ,Canada to Michigan at the end of Lake Superior. That had same climb for 1/4 mi. , and was a steel grate bridge. Was that always paved or was it grated ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crows View Post
    Wow! Reminds me of the bridge from Sauté St. Marie ,Canada to Michigan at the end of Lake Superior. That had same climb for 1/4 mi. , and was a steel grate bridge. Was that always paved or was it grated ?
    That one does not bother me because of the high guard rail and fence.
    I get the willies on bridges like the Mackinac bridge because the guard rail is only high enough to save the bike but let the rider fly over the edge to the water 150 feet below
    Here's a pic of the International bridge at Sault Ste Marie. The approach feels steeper the picture shows.

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    Didn’t recall that grade at SSM, was early one morning when we crossed
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    This one gives me butterfly’s when it is real windy at 180 ft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    That one does not bother me because of the high guard rail and fence.
    I get the willies on bridges like the Mackinac bridge because the guard rail is only high enough to save the bike but let the rider fly over the edge to the water 150 feet below
    Here's a pic of the International bridge at Sault Ste Marie. The approach feels steeper the picture shows.

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