In 2013 I was on another motorcycle trip – a summer ride with mom and dad to the four corners and farther up into Colorado. We had planned at that time to ride over America’s highest suspension bridge – the fires in Colorado that season made different plans.
Much of our route we had to leave as just a hopeful return to one day – we actually road into evacuation towns and ultimately had to turn around and head back south – we called that our end to Colorado for the 2013 ride.
Now 2 1/2 years later while out on my year-long journey mom and dad met up with me for a spring break ride and we took on Colorado again – and had an amazing time. And YES we got to ride the Royal Gorge bridge this time, what an amazing sight!
When it was constructed in 1929 it was captivating to the world and has stayed unique to that claim – still today bringing visitors from all over the world. During the 2013 fire it did survive just having 100 boards that needed to be replaced (other parts of the park / area were not as lucky but much has been rebuilt and on its way to flourishing again).
The bridge hangs over a beautifully laid out gorge of natures design at an elevation of 6,700 and almost 1,000 feet above the Arkansas River – it is not for the faint of heart! But with pride I say that my father who struggles with heights rode his bike over – and even if he did not look down, he rode the 1200 ft length from one end to the other – and back again!
A definite site to see when in Colorado, the natural elements and man-made engineered phenomenon will captivate you for sure!