I’ve been hearing about this bridge for a long time because it keeps coming up as a bridge in need of rehabilitation or replacement, so I thought I should at least take a picture of it while I have the chance!
What you can’t tell from this picture and what I couldn’t figure out how to capture elsewhere is how gorgeous and dramatic the river is in this area. While the main channel of the Mississippi itself is wide here, there seem to be channels, back waters, and marshes everywhere. The view from all the bridges here is simply gorgeous.
Lock and dam number 7 is also located near the rest area. I ask my host if you can get out to the locks there and he confesses he has never been down there and thus does not know. That seems like an invitation to check it out, so as soon as our tour ends I head back to see what’s what.
The view of the lock and dam is pretty limited, but it is still an interesting scene.
I’m headed home, so I continue up highway 61 (Minnesota’s Great River Road) with the top down to better enjoy the river and the spectacular bluffs that tower above.
It’s a great day for a drive!