Did I mention when you're approaching these bridges they just come out of nowhere, a ramp of concrete straight up into the sky?
You just come around the curve and there it is. You don't even have time to slow down.
To help conquer my fear of bridges I decided to challenge myself to hike across the Biloxi Bay bridge. During hurricane Katrina the Biloxi Bay bridge was completely destroyed, along with most of Gulf Port and Mississippi. Although the eye of the storm did not pass directly over Biloxi and Gulfport the flooding and storm surges were just as damaging as if they had taken a direct hit, in some place over 34 feet high. Unfortunately, with the exception of volunteers, there was no aide sent to Mississippi as far as clean up and rebuilding goes, they were left to deal with it on their own. That's when the Seabee's stepped up and repaved the roads of the Mississippi,starting with the Biloxi Bay bridge, so that the clean up could begin. When they rebuilt the bridge they added a pedestrian walking lane for those crazy enough to cross on foot. I decided I would be just crazy enough to give it a try! Oscar and I walked the entire length and back.
After the Hurricane
Hurricane Katrina Bell
The only thing left standing of the church about 6 blocks from the bay where we had to park to go hike the bridge. because the fastest things rebuilt on the coast after the destruction were the casinos that take up most of the coastline in that area and only have private parking.
The remnants of the old train bridge.
Every two miles there are observation decks that jut out over the water a good 10 feet or so and Oscar made me go out on everyone and look over the side. It wasn't so bad in the beginning but by the time we got to the top I wanted to kill him!
The view from the top! We walked the entire length of the bridge and back, over five miles total, only stopping once at the far end for a bathroom break and to buy more water.