The much anticipated, highly talked about day finally got here. With cold temps and rain leading up to the morning of the ride, it was pretty iffy on what the attendance would be and if the ride would even be tolerable. To everyone’s delight and amazement, the day couldn’t have been any better for the ride (hosting aprox 5000 people) that started in Ankeny and went all the way to Woodward. The star of the show of course was The High Trestle Bridge, hovering thirteen stories high and stretching half a mile long, making it one of the worlds largest of its kind! (Click on any photo to make it larger)
The architects who designed the bridge's artwork definitely deserve an award! With 41 giant, rusty beams framing the pathway, you’re given the feeling of riding your bike through the ‘tunnel’ of a coal mine shaft. After riding it myself, I can attest to that fact! It was very cool!
I didn’t realize this, but that area used to be known for its coal mines. The towers that stand sentry at both entrances of the bridge are a commanding 42 feet tall. You’ll see the dark, charcoal grey veins running through them to represent the coal that was once mined in that area.
The 25 mile trail connects five communities and four counties, with the bridge being the centerpiece. It was eight years in the making and is the newest addition to the 670 mile Central Iowa Trail System, which has many claiming Iowa as the Trail Capitol of the World.
The moral of this story: Iowa IS very cool! You GOTTA get on your bike and ride the trails! And if you need bandanas or ANYTHING else...you simply MUST call us... Exceptional Specialty Products 866-943-4377!!
Gosh! I can't wait to ride it at night!!