Monday, March 31, 2014

A Bridge Too Far and April Challenges

I love to walk across bridges. 

In March of 2012, I tried to walk the Ravenel Bridge between Charleston, South Carolina and Mt. Pleasant.  I traveled over 800 miles to do this.  And, for the first time, I was conquered by a bridge.

I had intended to visit Charleston, South Carolina this April (no, not for the Cooper River Bridge Walk/Run) and take care of this unfinished business. Since the last attempt I have lost some 45 pounds, and I was ready to try again.

Then, in February, I had a wisdom tooth pulled, one which my oral surgeon described as being "in the worst position possible".  This, coupled with my age, made for a less than ideal pulling, and I was warned "there would be no really good outcome".   I still have what dentists call a sinus communication. In other words I have a hole in my mouth that connect directly to my sinuses.  On my last post op, the oral surgeon was not satisfied with the progress, but is going to wait a while longer before deciding if he wants to do surgery.

For a while, I had problems exercising.  As a result, I am not in the shape I would have hoped for.  But, I still intend to walk across that bridge. 

I am inspired by several people I know who are facing challenges far greater.  As a result, I am taking on a couple of other April challenges - the Ultimate Blog Challenge, beginning tomorrow, and Camp NaNoWriMo.

This, with some small edits, is my post from March, 2012 describing my first bridge walk attempt.

A Bridge Too Far

I am not a novice when it comes to walking on bridges.  I've walked the Brooklyn Bridge (between the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn), the Rainbow Bridge (between Niagara Falls, NY and Niagara Falls, Ontario and the Alexandra Bridge between Ottawa, Ontario and Hull, Quebec, among others.

But today I met my match.

My head hangs in shame.  My arthritic right knee and a steep (to my knee, that is) incline did me in.  (memo to self:  lose weight).  I had the physical fitness otherwise and the will.  And the morning was beautiful and sunny.

I did not complete the walking of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge that spans the Cooper River between Charleston, South Carolina and Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina-if you count the long approaches on both sides.
I did do about 3.2 miles (round trip) and I did a bunch of walking afterwards (on flatter paths).  But the bridge defeated me, mere days before the Cooper River Bridge Run where participants will do a lot more than the bridge.

The entire round trip, I figure, would have been about 5.4 miles.

 The approach to the bridge from the Mt. Pleasant side.

This is a very popular bridge.  On this Tuesday morning, there were a variety of walkers and bikers:  mothers with strollers, college students, senior citizens.

One of the many sights from the bridge is the U.S.S. Yorktown at Patriots Point.
After we finished our walk we still had parking time left (you have to prepay, estimating how much time you will need) so we took a walk on the 1250 ft. Mount Pleasant Pier.  Not only was there walking, fishing, and a very nice playground, but there were benches and porch type swings  Here is some detail from a swing.
Hopefully my knee will be better tomorrow, and I will be off to more adventures. 

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    1. I love that song! And I loved the Robert Crumb drawings.

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  2. Ah... you are in my part of the world. Kudos for the attempt and I'm sure the Mt.P pier was a nice, shorter walk. Your mention of other bridges makes me wonder if bridge walking is like marathons as in people keeping a list of their accomplishments in various cities?

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    1. I'm not there quite yet. Those photos are from 2012. I wouldn't be surprised if people keep lists of the bridges they've walked across - it's a human tendency, it would seem, to turn anything into a competitive event.

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  3. There is something so symbolic about crossing over a bridge. Hang in there! I'm inspired by your challenges. Best of luck on your writing endeavors. Writing a novel in a month while blogging daily are no small matters. Btw, walking the Brooklyn Bridge in the spring is one of my favorite things to do.

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    1. Thank you. I've only walked the Brooklyn Bridge once - well, 1 1/2 times - I actually gave up on my first walk as it was 95 degrees and was just a bit too hot and humid for this former Bronxite!

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  4. Awwww.... you tried and it sounds like you did a lot anyway! Especially with a dodgy knee, that's quite good.

    I didn't realise it was that long. There is a bridge connecting Denmark with Sweden that I'd like to cross someday but don't think I'll be walking it!

    Thanks for sharing the photos.

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    1. Hmm....maybe now I have another reason to visit Europe! One bridge I definitely wouldn't try to walk (and I'm not even sure you could walk it) is the Confederation Bridge that connects New Brunswick with Prince Edward Island - it's about eight miles long.

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  5. Beautiful photos. Charleston is a nice place. Enjoy your walks and keep adventuring!

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    1. Thank you. I will enjoy Charleston, I'm sure!

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  6. I while back I took part in a bridge photo meme. We took picture of bridges in our home town.
    I haven't walk much recently and I need to get going.

    Coffee is on

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