‘You call that a bridge?’ – May Challenge – Bridges 1-3

The crew and I did an overnight ride on the weekend. We rode over about seven bridges. But were they worthy of the Challenge? Did a bridge need to span a watercourse that had a certain water volume to count? I pondered this for awhile. In the end, I decided to take pics only of bridges where the creek underneath was actually running. This discounted four of the bridges. We may have been able to include them if the challenge had been in spring instead of late autumn – we’re still waiting for the ‘autumn break’ when our rainy season starts. We’re still getting warm, clear days with only small cold fronts. The ‘autumn break’ and the rainwater to flow under the bridges is already around three weeks late….

You would not know this was a bridge, except for the guard rail and the water running underneath. This is Seven Creeks – the same creek where the guys had a float last week, but on a different road.
We are on a tiny secondary road with a bridge crossing a very tiny creek. But there is a sign for the bridge? I guess they needed to commemorate Murray somehow when he passed on. I am not actually on the bridge here. However, see the road curve ahead? I didn’t really want to stand in the middle of a narrow bridge on a blind corner. There was a little bit of traffic this morning, and you know Murphy’s Law.
Today is a stunner of a late autumn day. Absolutely perfect. Light winds, clear and a high temp of 20C. I could’ve ridden forever today. This is the bridge over Baddaginnie Creek on the Warrenbayne-Swanpool Road.

Nerdy chick in Australia who loves to ride and is accompanied by the crew: 'The Commander' Verne and the 'Mental Health Specialist' Kermit.

5 response to "‘You call that a bridge?’ – May Challenge – Bridges 1-3"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: May 6, 2018

    Nice bridges, Em! And May is only just starting. Maybe by the end of the month, there will be some rain and more bridges will qualify for your rule of “water flowing under”.
    We were away for 10 days on our bikes and I have a lot of catching up do do – my pictures, others’ pictures …

    • By: The Navigator Posted: May 7, 2018

      Great to hear you are on tour! I think you have to go to Australian cities to really get bridges that have any beauty in them. I will get a photo of our old 1891 bridge at some point this month… yes, 1891 is only ‘old’ here! Safe riding!

    • By: The Navigator Posted: May 7, 2018

      Since I work for the local government, I can easily access a list of all of our ‘assets’, including bridges (local government plebs will tell you that bridges should be classified as liabilities – not assets, though). I could try to visit every bridge in the local government area where I work…. However, it is flat and boring and the roads aren’t all that great or safe out here… so we won’t be doing that 🙂

  2. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: May 7, 2018

    Hi Em – good to see you out for an overnight. Weather – I will be in Melbourne on Thursday to pick up a trike and return on the ferry. The weather report indicates a really crap day – cold and wet – so your creeks may be flowing next weekend!

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