Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Cady Way Trail's Tied Arch Bridge

Cady Way Trail Bridge

I've been meaning to go bike riding along the Cady Way Trail for a while now, specifically over the bridge crossing 436, but it seems I never have my bicycle when I'm in the area. Recently, I was riding along Colonial Drive and happened to have a unicycle in the car, so I decided to see how far I could get before dark. I started at Fashion Square Mall, not quite knowing exactly where the trail traveled. I eventually made it to the bridge and made it my turn around point. It ended up being my longest ride ever on a unicycle (just over 8 miles), but I had fun!

The bridge over 436 is a basket-handle tied arch bridge. This basically means it's and arch with the roadway suspended by vertical cables. It's a very nice looking bridge that I would rate near the top of my favorite Central Florida pedestrian bridges.
Cady Way Trail Bridge
Here's some of the strangely fascinating engineering details of the bridge...
Cady Way Trail Bridge
Cady Way Trail Bridge
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And the view of the car dealers and fast food restaurants below on 436:
Cady Way Trail Bridge
I need to come back with a bicycle and ride along the rest of the trail. From what I saw of Cady Way, it's nowhere as nice as Seminole County's trails, but it's still an interesting ride.

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Cool bridge, I'm amazed with the bridges that the ancients did, they were as big as they were large, some are incredibly long.