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Anderson, South Carolina
Savannah River Bridges
Day 1 - Tuesday, July 28, 2009
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Augusta, Georgia

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The Navigator and I arrived in Anderson, SC about 1:00pm today. Let the trip begin.

Much of today's narration is in the pictures below. We drove through some beautiful country today. Slowed down and enjoyed it.

Today we drove over bridges 1 through 12. Tomorrow we've got one more bridge in Augusta and then we'll head for Savannah.

Here's the story that goes with the bridge #4 pic below: The truck was parked on the shoulder of the bridge when I took this picture. I was very surprised when the bridge suddenly started moving up and down. The movement was very noticeable and I couldn't figure out what was causing it. For a moment I thought about bridge collapse and put the truck in reverse just in case.

Then, in the distance, I saw an 18 wheeler headed across the bridge towards me. I thought about maybe the truck was shaking the bridge. But the truck was several hundred yards away. The truck drove past me and off the bridge onto the highway. The bridge continued to shake. But now the up and down movements were closer together. And closer, and closer and finally it stopped. Here's what I think happened (being the bridge engineer, of course :). As the truck entered the bridge, its weight caused ripples in the bridge's superstructure. The ripples crossed the bridge ahead of the truck. That's what I felt at first. As the truck got closer the ripples became more pronounced since the truck was closer to me. When the truck passed the ripples died down.

That was damn, no pun intended, scary at first.

Here's the story that goes with the US-1 bridge pic below: When I first moved to Aiken County, I wanted to drive to Augusta. A friend told me to take highway "178" to get there. I looked on the map and couldn't find that highway. When I showed the map to my friend he pointed to a road and said, "There it is, highway 178." I said, "That's 178?" And he said, No that's highway one and highway 78, highway 178." He was slurring the word "and." I never heard it. :)


Quote For Today

This quote is particularly topical.
I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
               ~ Will Rogers

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Lake Hartwell was formed in the mid-50s by damming the Savannah River. Today the river starts at the dam at the south end the lake and flows southeast. This picture is of the lake. Standing on bridge #1, looking upriver at the dam. It is really massive. Same bridge, but looking down river.
Bridge #2, the Smith McGee Bridge, and it's one lane predecessor. This bridge was named in honor of Sgt. Fred M. Newton. I did a little research and couldn't find anything about him. 3rd bridge. This is the 4th bridge. That's a railroad bridge in the distance. The truck was parked on the shoulder of the bridge when I took this picture. See the anecdote up above in the narration.
On these trips I normally take a picture of state welcome signs like this. I do this for June who is a voracious collector of state welcome sign pics. However, on this trip there are just two states, Georgia and South Carolina. And since we're driving across lots of bridges over the state boundary, there's lots of welcome signs. So, there'll be just one pic of each sign. One down, one to go. Is this Lake Thurmond or the Savannah River? Actually, it's both. Pic taken from bridge #5 Lake Thurmond, like Lake Hartwell, was formed by damming the Savannah River. This is the huge dam at the south end of Lake Thurmond. The dam is also bridge #6
South of the dam looking back at it. Much larger than it looks. Seventh bridge. Here's a small mansion on the river. Must be nice. This pic was taken looking downstream from the I-20 bridge, bridge #8. Yes, the river is quite low.
This is part of Brick Pond Park in North Augusta, SC. The river is a hundred yards or so to the right. Note the sign. Here's a closeup of the sign. Alligators? Yes, we are in the south. Although the sign does say they are rare. This is the 13th Street bridge. I've driven over this bridge a number of times and knew it was going to be impossible to take a picture from the bridge. There's no place to park. So here's a pic from down below taken from the river bank on the South Carolina side. Right behind me there are very upscale homes overlooking the river. This is bridge #9.
Bridge #10, the Fifth Street Bridge in Augusta. This pic taken from the South Carolina side of the bridge. This bridge carries US-1 and US-78 across the Savannah River. This is the eleventh bridge. See the anecdote up above in the narration.

I had to drive the truck up on top of the "flood berm" to get this picture. I reckon you're not supposed to do that.

I believe that yellow truck belongs to June.

Bridge #12, the I-520 bridge. I-520 is the loop around Augusta.
The Georgia state welcome sign. Now we're done with that :)
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From IT, things you don't hear anymore:

Be sure and pour the cream off the top of the milk when you open the new bottle.

Take that empty bottle to the store with you so you won't have to pay a deposit on another one.

Put a dish towel over the cake so the flies won't get on it.

Quit jumping on the floor! I have a cake in the oven and you are going to make it fall if you don't quit!

Let me know when the Fuller Brush man comes by, I need to get a few things from him.

You boys stay close by, the car may not start and I will need you to help push it off.

There's a dollar in my purse, get 5 gallons of gas when you go to town.

Open the back door and see if we can get a breeze through here, it is getting hot.

You can walk to the store; it won't hurt you to get some exercise.

Don't sit too close to the TV. It is hard on your eyes.

If you pull that stunt again, I am going to wear you out!

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From Rich in NH:

A harried driving instructor came home from work, kicked off his shoes, and fell into a chair. "I'm thinking of taking six or seven of my students to England," he said.

"What on earth for?" his wife asked.

"It might make them feel good to see what it's like to drive on the left side of the road legally."

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