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TxLoneRider 11-22-2012 10:37 PM

Over 13 hours, 500 miles, all for a bridge
 
NOTE: Looks like smugmug was not at fault, it was a FireFox cache problem. All is well!

So, about 4 or 5 weeks ago I saw a picture of a single lane, wood deck, suspension bridge in Texas. Who knew there was one those in the great state of Texas? I didn't.

So, looks like a destination for a ride :D

Since I like bridges, I hit maps.google.com and see what else I can find from here to there. And I found a few other cool bridges. So with the wife's blessing, a route in the GPS, off I head.

Started out far too early, in fact caught sun rise well into the ride.
http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-M.jpg

Here is an abandoned bridge south west of Cleburne on County road 1175.
http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-L.jpg

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At the intersection of HWY 174 and FM 56 found some cool old signs
http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-L.jpg

On the outskirts of Kopperl I found an interesting railway bridge. Went up a small access road and was lucky enough to catch a train go buy.
http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-L.jpg

http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-L.jpg

http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-L.jpg


Next, went down an interesting road looking for a small dam. According to the GPS and the signs it was a county road, but, well, not exactly well maintained, but did find a cool cemetery.
http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-L.jpg

There must have been a sign somewhere that said watch your step, the following picture does not do justice to the amount of cow pies on the road.
http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-L.jpg

Well, onto scope out a possible location for a sunrise picture
http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-L.jpg

http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-L.jpg

TxLoneRider 11-22-2012 10:43 PM

part 2
 
I could not resist turning back for this picture of an old house
http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-L.jpg

And for this house
http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-L.jpg

http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-L.jpg

This bridge find was a complete accident, but cool none the less. It is on county road 4115.
http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-L.jpg

http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%203-L.jpg

MuddySump 11-22-2012 10:48 PM

Looking good so far :thumb

ozarkrider 11-23-2012 06:23 AM

Good stuff.
 
Glad ya got out for a ride Tom. Looks like a good time was had.

I need a dirty Tejas ride in the spring.

TxLoneRider 11-23-2012 08:22 AM

MuddySump, thanks, and I like your taste in bikes!
OzarkRider, thanks!

The next spot along the road was a bridge that looks to be long, long since abandoned. This is on County Road 213 at County Road 210. Looks like private property has swallowed this one, so not closeups possible.
http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-L.jpg

http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...250-GPP1-L.jpg

So, did I mention that it was really windy??
http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-L.jpg

Kinda a cool barn, here is a close up raw picture of it.
http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-L.jpg

Well, another bridge on the list has been abandoned and now rests behind a fence. County Road 106.
http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-L.jpg

http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...275-GPP1-L.jpg

PhillipsMetal 11-23-2012 08:41 AM

Bridges
 
looks like a fun ride - I am on board!:lurk
Can you give us a better idea of where you started and where you are heading for us who are too geographically challenged to figure it out and too lazy to look?

Vinbowie 11-23-2012 03:10 PM

Good stuff.
Thanks :clap

TxLoneRider 11-24-2012 10:35 AM

part 4
 
Thanks for the complements!

Getting real close, only a few more photos to process.

Here's another bridge closed to road vehicles, but accessible! It is on County Road 103. I did not have the guts to ride the Tiger over it. The bike is still a bit new, and I have yet to put the crash bars on it. I did not get a good picture, but the hill on this side was very steep. Obviously some of the people living in
http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...290-GPP1-L.jpg

Here was the road leading up to the bridge
http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%203-L.jpg

Found another building photo worthy
http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-L.jpg

And another simple bridge
http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-L.jpg

Well, we are there .......

acejones 11-24-2012 02:55 PM

His wife let him go ride, but won't let him tell us where these bridges are. It's a secret.

2manyrides 11-24-2012 03:26 PM

Nice!
 
If ya don't/have not already...
Post some of the nice one's in;
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=686929
Show us your bike at the bridge

:deal

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rhino_adv 11-24-2012 05:14 PM

I love to hunt for/find/photograph old iron bridges as well! Thanks for sharing and check out the old bridge thread in my siginature.


Brad

kingofZroad 11-24-2012 05:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TxLoneRider (Post 20101711)
I could not resist turning back for this picture of an old house
http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-L.jpg

And for this house
http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-L.jpg

http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-L.jpg

This bridge find was a complete accident, but cool none the less. It is on county road 4115.
http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-L.jpg

http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%203-L.jpg

Nice bike, great photos!!!

TxLoneRider 11-24-2012 09:54 PM

The bridge!
 
Well, I finally had the time to finishing going through the pictures and getting them uploaded.

http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-L.jpg

It is the Regency Bridge, in, more or less, central Texas.

Hey, not that I need a reason for a ride, but it helps :D

The day started out cloudy, stayed windy all day, but by the time I got to the bridge the sky was perfect. Being an electrical engineer, a wantabee mechanical engineer, is probably has roots in why many aspects of engineering fascinate me. And thus, the drive for tour 'de bridge.

http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-L.jpg


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I would suspect the time is coming short for this bridge if repairs are not made soon. There are many nails that have risen up, and a lot of the boards on the deck are showing a lot of damage. You have to be careful where you place the side stand. It looks like the bridge has been surveyed for repairs, but by the fading of the paint, it has been a while ago.

http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-L.jpg

Now that the posting is almost complete, I will post the pictures in some of the pics^3 forum.

Thanks again for looking.

TxLoneRider 11-24-2012 09:56 PM

Finally
 
Well, about my wife, she is very understanding, of course, she knew what she was getting into when she married me :D

But, of course, one final stop on the way home :deal

http://lonerider.smugmug.com/Motorcy...sion%202-L.jpg

advNZer? 11-24-2012 11:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TxLoneRider (Post 20112162)
Well, about my wife, she is very understanding, of course, she knew what she was getting into when she married me :D

But, of course, one final stop on the way home :deal

you are a wise man:deal


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