of the scenes I kept seeing when I was planning my Parkway tour was
the picture below. I had seen pictures others had taken through bushes
of rhododendron in the spring and surrounded by brilliant leaves in
the fall and wanted to see it for myself.
What's a viaduct anyway?
Here's the official info from the visitor's center:
is a long bridge with a series of spans supported on piers.
The Linn Cove Viaduct is 1243 feet long and 35 feet wide. The
"S" curve roadbed rests upon seven vertical piers
that are spaced about 180 feet apart. The roadbed is made up
of 153 precast concrete sections held in place with wire cables
and epoxy glue. No two sections are exactly the same and only
one section (#93) is straight and square. Each section weighs
nearly 100,000 pounds. Linn Cove Viaduct is the first in this
country to incorporate progressive placement of sections. What
this means is that the bridge is built upon itself. Workmen,
materials and machines move back and forth on the completed
bridge to place each successive section. Little or no damage
is caused to the landscape over which the viaduct is being constructed."
So the bridge was engineered
to wrap around the mountain instead of cutting into it to have the
least impact on the fragile environment here. Very cool...
I stopped at the Linn Cove visitor's center I asked the ranger exactly
where I could get that shot and she said it wasn't easy to locate,
but gave me directions to find it.
to drive across the viaduct and stop at the Yonahlossee Overlook
pulloff. Then you walk back down this little path that's about 1/2
mile long. After crossing the road, there's a barely noticeable
tiny rocky path that's a pretty good climb up onto some boulders
that overlook the scene. My mom is too afraid of heights to get
on the path, but she walked a ways along the guard rail for the
sake of the views.
an example of what she was looking at. The views of the road awaiting
are pretty incredible, too, especially framed by the beautiful flowers.
getting to the Viaduct view - when I first got to the end and crossed
the road, I took the wrong path that led underneath the Viaduct.
Interesting, but not what I was looking for. I heard some people
above and asked them how they got up there. They were nice enough
to come down to road level to help me up to the boulder across from
this one that had the view I wanted. Here they are laughing at me
when I said getting up there was one thing but I was now too scared
to get down. They were so sweet - the daughter came and held my
camera and stuff while the father helped me off the boulder and
back down the path. Just more examples of angels I've met along
me about a gift she got from an angel when I got back to the RV
after a short walk over the bridge near here. See MaliasMiles page
about this while we were staying at Julian Price Campground: Dime
From an Angel