My favorite part of the recent trip was this bridge over the New River. It was completed in the late 1970's and is one of the largest arched bridges in the world. I loved the graceful shape of it, and there's a very nice visitors' center with boardwalk steps down through a wooded hillside where you can get a good view. (From the driving over it perspective, it looks like any other highway bridge, if a little higher than usual.)
It was fun to see the river (and the railroad beside it) after having played the song "New River Train" on my banjo for years. Here's the view down into the gorge and the river.
Sadly, I didn't realize until the last day that there was a lovely area down by the old highway bridge if you drive a number of switchbacks down to the very bottom. I only had time to do a quick sketch, sitting on the wooden slats of the old metal bridge (also lovely) down in the gorge. There are separated pedestrian walkways on both sides. I would have drawn more there if I'd realized, but it's nice to know for next time.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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