Side Road

“Life is complex. Each one of us must make his own path through life. There are no self-help manuals, no formulas, no easy answers. The right road for one is the wrong road for another…The journey of life is not brightly lit, and it has no road signs. It is a rocky path through the wilderness.”
–M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth

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This bridge stands between Plainfield and Cartersburg just west of Indianapolis. The original National Road (US 40) ran across this bridge. I do not know when the 4-lane finally bypassed this section, but the bridge must be at least eighty years old and has held up well under the circumstances. The concrete road remains relatively intact and the concrete railing has just a very few missing sections. It must have challenged drivers of the day to meet oncoming traffic while crossing this bridge. You might also notice the lack of any graffiti.

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This spot has to be spooky at night under a full moon. Maybe some movie maker might consider using this for an on-location possibility. As an added bonus, to the right and behind a small patch of trees and brush one can see an old cemetery accessible only by a narrow gravel path.

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  1. This bridge was bypassed in the 1939-41 timeframe, as part of the 1930s-40s upgrade of US 40 to its current four-lane divided state.

    If you walk all the way across this bridge, you’ll encounter a strip of concrete pavement that dates to the 1920s. And the cemetery you discovered is a relic that could use some TLC.

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    1. Thanks Jim. I figured you would know that! We have driven past this bridge a gazillion times and finally stopped to take a look! It was fun!

      The road to the cemetery was swamped so we will save that visit for later when things dry up.

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