Of all of the bridges I've ever scaled, this one has to go down as being the most unique. But it isn't the bridge itself that makes it such an uncommon experience, because, well, it's just another lift bridge over the Cuyahoga. What makes this bridge so different is the landscape below it.
Without technically naming this structure's location, most Clevelanders will immediately be able to announce what region of the city we are looking at.
The industry that occurs beneath, both day-in and day-out, is mesmerizing to me. It is a 24-hour process with some of the most heavy-duty bells and whistles that I've ever witnessed.
It feels somewhat like a life-sized version of the game Mouse Trap.
While bridges typically seem intricate in their own ways, this mass seems to echo simplistic thoughts into the night's sky, when compared to it's surroundings. Symmetrical vibes among such chaos.
...but it doesn't stop there.
While perched high above, we were able to witness one of the most spellbinding operations, that often goes unseen.
The orange, fiery glow. The churning locomotive. The intense heat spiraling upwards.
The sensations come alive as freight cars, containing molten metal, pass below. It is, altogether, quite an intense experience.
And off into the distance they go.
- Jason Unoriginal