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Old 10-11-2007, 06:16 PM   #1
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A Ghost Town With A Suspenion Bridge

It turned out to be a beautiful October afternoon in Newfoundland, so I took a couple of hours off work and headed for the long since abandoned community of 'La Manche', on the Southern Shore.

There's a dirt road off the main road (Route 10) which leads to a trail head that takes you down to the old community site, and the famous suspension bridge. The original suspension bridge was ripped down by a tsunami, but in recent years a new one has been built in it's place. The bridge is now part of the East Coast Trail Network.

The area all around the old community site is pretty spectacular. You have a deep river gorge, a ghost town, a suspension bridge, and the blue ocean and jagged coastline to feast your eyes on, and all in the one location. Well worth the short 3 km return hike.

The bridge has a span of 50 metres, or about 165 feet.

There's some interesting history behind the place and the bridge, too...

The Newfoundland government of the 1960s was hell-bent on 'resettling' as many small and isolated coastal communitues as possible, to larger centers. Naturally a very controversial policy, and one which seemed to demonstrate a complete lack of respect for people's history and their connections to place. When a rogue wave from a tsunami wiped out the fishing stages, and the suspension bridge which connected the two sides of the small fishing village of La Manche, the provincial government refused to pay to have the community's fishing stages and bridge rebuilt. Instead residents were 'resettled' to nearby larger towns, such as Tors Cove and Bay Bulls.

The new bridge was erected in 2000 in honour of the people who once lived there for generations, before the curse of 'resettlement' uprooted them.

Distance of today's ride was only 100 kms or so, but both the ride and the hike were a truly enjoyable way to spend a Thursday afternoon.

Here's some photos...

















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Old 10-11-2007, 06:20 PM   #2
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That must have been a cool 'make work' project to be employed on.
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Old 10-11-2007, 06:31 PM   #3
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Very nice little bridge!! Did you try your bike on it?

Thanks for the pics and history report
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Old 10-11-2007, 06:40 PM   #4
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Here's a photo of the orignal bridge as it looked in 1952...

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Old 10-11-2007, 06:58 PM   #5
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That tower is timber?
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Old 10-11-2007, 07:14 PM   #6
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Laugh beautiful Bridge

Thanks for the beautiful Bridge
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Old 10-12-2007, 04:18 AM   #7
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That tower is timber?
Yes, as was the original bridge, it's all timber and cable.

It's amazing how much it sways when you walk across it.
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Old 10-12-2007, 04:44 AM   #8
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nice pics !~I come from china , welcome all friends to China Xinjiang

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Old 10-12-2007, 05:01 AM   #9
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Welcome to the forum, ChinaKnight.

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Old 10-12-2007, 05:09 AM   #10
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Very cool! The bridge looks like something out of The Bridge Over the River Kwai!

BTW, is all of Newfoundland that beautiful? Those pics make it look like the Puget Sound area.
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Old 10-12-2007, 06:50 AM   #11
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BTW, is all of Newfoundland that beautiful?
See for yourself. Here's a collection of my photos, taken while riding around the island this year...

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Old 10-12-2007, 01:11 PM   #12
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"COOL BRIDGE PICS THREAD NOW!!!

cool pics...
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Old 10-12-2007, 02:06 PM   #13
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VERY nice! Beautiful.

I would imagine the dangling ropes are for some swinging in the sunshine fun!

Thanks for sharing.

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Old 10-12-2007, 02:06 PM   #14
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Nice pics

Thanks for the report and some of the history!
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Old 10-12-2007, 02:13 PM   #15
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Geoff,
I see that you are riding the V-Strom alot lately. Have you retired the DRZ?
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