Tuesday, May 3, 2011
High Trestle Trail bridge
Last week was the grand opening of the new High Trestle Trail bridge, one of the longest, tallest pedestrian bridges in the country. This beautifully designed half-mile bridge is just a 3-mile bike ride from my house. Its design reflects the coal-mining history of the nearby Des Moines River towns.
I feel so fortunate to live so close to this amazing bridge. On any given day, I can visit the bridge -- and I often do. I rode my bike out on it last week, and I had the bridge to myself.
But then I discovered why. It was so windy, my bike about tipped over! But the bridge is actually wider than it looks in these photos, so I felt safe. And with the open-air design of the bridge, it almost feels like I'm flying over the river on a bike. Amazing!
If you're ever in the central Iowa area, be sure to check out the High Trestle bridge. There's a new trail head just west of the bridge -- I believe it's the first or second gravel road traveling north, a couple miles east of Madrid on Highway 210. The parking lot is close enough that you can walk just a quarter mile to the bridge.