Wednesday, September 07, 2005

11 Bridges in 140 Minutes, Part One

First, a Short Subject

First things first. In ordinary knitting news, I'm making lightning speed on Sock Experiment 4, Sock 2 (SE4/S2). I've already begun the toe decreases. I'll have a new, wearable pair of socks by the end of the week.

And Now We Present Our Main Feature:

Gryphon took some time off last week, and we hoped to spend some of it roaming around, doing some geocaching and some Extreme Knitting. But then, well, you know what happened in the world.

It wasn't until mid-afternoon on Monday that we finally felt like we could go out and do something. And I actually got an idea for extreme knitting that I thought would work.

"How about," I said to Gryphon, "if we try to see how many bridges we can photograph me knitting on just today?"

In many parts of the country, this may seem like a farfetched idea. But here in New Hampshire, you can hardly turn around without tripping over another bridge of some sort.

Gryphon thought it sounded worth pursuing, and we started considering where to go. I decided that for our purposes, a bridge had to go over water - or over a place that water sometimes was present. In other words, the water had to be the reason for the bridge's existence. We also established that for a bridge to qualify for the project, it had to be safe to knit on - a sidewalk (or a wide shoulder) if it was along a road, for instance - and there had to be a safe place for Gryphon to stand with the camera. There were many bridges we passed up because they didn't meet these standards.

"Well, we could start right outside our building here, " I said. "There's the bridge by the police station, and then the one around the corner from that."

And so it began. I packed up Wearable Hug #12 in a tote bag, and we set off. The first two bridges were less than two blocks from the entrance to our apartment.
Burns Hill Rd. over the Souhegan River, Wilton, Seen From the West
Bridge #1 is this picturesque bridge where Route 31 crosses the Souhegan River. The brick building in the background is one of the original mills. Currently, the Wilton Falls Building houses the Wilton Main Street Association and Illuminart, a company that makes fine art nightlights and magnets.p9051459.jpgp9051457.jpg
Knitting on the Burns Hill Rd. Bridge, Seen From the East
At each location, we took a zoomed shot of me knitting, as well as a long shot that shows that I'm knitting on a bridge. Where we could (or where we remembered), we also took other images of: the place Gryphon stood for the camera angle; the view up- or downstream from the bridge; and any signs that identified the bridge, its purpose, and its age.

Our first picture for the day was taken at 2:55 p.m.
Looking West From the Burns Hill Rd. Bridge
The most interesting feature at this bridge is the dam just to the west of it. This was probably part of the original power set up for the mill building.
Island St. Bridge - Or is it Mill St.?
Just around the corner of the Wilton Falls Building from Bridge #1 (and over the railroad tracks), we find Bridge #2. It's a little unclear from the maps whether this is Mill St. - which goes off to the left of the blue pickup truck in the picture - or Island St., which is the street the pickup is on. Either way, this one counted - we had a waterway underneath, and a sidewalk for me to stand and knit on.

Safety issues prevented us from picking off Bridge #3 here. Gryphon's camera angle actually has him standing next to the railing of a railroad bridge, just parallel to the bridge I'm on. But this time of year, there are tourist trains running, and we weren't sure enough of the schedule. For that matter, if we'd been sure of the schedule, we could have gotten both Bridges 3 & 4 - just a short walk down the tracks is a railroad trestle.

With only 50% of the bridges here safe enough to include in the project, we'd have to move on. But to where? Tune in tomorrow and find out!