I remained inside the Metropolitan Lounge for the rest of the afternoon, till it was time to board the return train to DC, the Cardinal. This train runs only 3 days a week, and may at some point be discontinued as the railroads don't like it disrupting their freight traffic.
That, in combination with the prospect of a knowledgeable guide giving narrative
of the highlights of the eastbound trip, is why I chose to ride it. It
makes its eastbound daytime run through the New River Gorge, which really is
quite spectacular, if somewhat "tree'd in" by rapidly growing brush,
which helps cut out some of the spectacular views of the river.
above was the best picture I could get of a sudden 23 foot drop in elevation
of the New River. Quite a spectacular drop, not necessarily a good
thing for whitewater rafters!
Following is a picture of
the famous bridge over the New River. The guide was telling folks
about the parachutists who have jumped off the bridge, and prior to 1993,
bungee jumpers as well. No thanks, folks. I'll let them do it, and
I'll watch! Talk about spectator sports...
you think this bridge is really high...you're right. It's only 3000'
long, was completed in October 1977, but it's 876' above river level!
It's one of the highest vehicular bridges in the world, the third
highest in the USA. It serves over 16,000 vehicles a day. And when
the US Mint issued the WV state coin, this was the bridge shown on the
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