Crossing Optimism

“The biggest emotion in creation is the bridge to optimism.”

~Brian May~

The second biggest emotion in creation is the joy of crossing bridges on a bicycle or by foot. Truly.

For today’s post, I’m keeping it simple. Following is a gallery of bridges crossed during vacation on the Root River Trail System, dedicated to blogging buddy Joey (because I know she likes them plenty).

Biking friend and I crossed over 40 bridges of varying size, structure and coolness along the trail.

I smiled across every one of them and feel optimistic that these will not be the last bridges I ever cross on two wheels.

(Click on the first photo to start the gallery and view my comments.)


33 responses to Crossing Optimism

  1. Dan Antion says:

    This was fantastic! I love bridges, and I love the Milwaukee Road! The pictures are great. I like the photo of the one you dubbed the Packer Bridge. This was quite the trip!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Dan, I truly wish I could go back two weeks and cross those bridges again. Where’s a temporal time warp when I need it? Anyhow, it was an amazing, joyful trip that will be on my mind for a long time to come.

  2. Fantastic, Mary J! Bridges are indeed inspiring. They’re beautiful to begin with, but also so rich in symbolism. I think we feel it, even when we don’t stop to think about it. Thanks for bringing us along through your wonderful words and photos. Hugs on the wing!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      The “thump, thump, thump” of the wooden boards of every bridge is music beneath the tires, and the view always serene and beautiful. One can never dismiss the pleasure!

  3. dweezer19 says:

    Looks like a great ride Mary. Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful photos and your priceless smile.

  4. Ally Bean says:

    I’m right there with you and joey when it comes to crossing bridges. They’re all significant and kind of enchanting. Your photos do them all justice.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Enchanting is a really appropriate word, Ally. If only we had seen a unicorn on the banks of the river! 😉

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Joanne, you probably cross UNDER a few, too, when you’re kayaking. A couple of the bike trails I’ve been on have gone under bridges and I would say that brings a different view of joy.

      • Joanne Sisco says:

        Oh yes!! Going under bridges is the best … that’s why I have so many photos taken from the water of yet one more “non-descript” bridge. They’re all wonderful 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Life is very good Judy! Yes, lots of smiles and contemplative grins from both of us. I can’t express enough how much I enjoyed our biking and sharing girlfriend time.

  5. joey says:

    Oh yeah, those are some beauties! I do so enjoy your bike at the bridge shots. It lets me know your heart was happy, which makes my heart happy, which should make your heart happier, which makes my heart even happier, and I like that we can vibe like that just from a photo.
    What an amazing collection ❤ I especially like the rail with yellow decoration, although I don't see it as Packer-related 😉

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’m happy that we’re both happy, but more so that I made you happy with happy bridges. It was like bridge heaven every day. Yes, amazing, even the green and gold rail mold that I hope never grows inside a Packer helmet.

  6. klara b says:

    sigh, sigh. crossing bridges on bike, with such a trail…. what a vacation!

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