The 26th of October was The Walking Sunday! Yep, just walking, almost half a day! A bunch of Australian comrades and myself traveled to the other side of the Harbor Bridge early in the morning in order to do 7 Bridges Walk.
Of course as always Australia (well, Sydney) was walking for the sake of something good … to fight cancer, this time! Australians always do something to fight something 🙂 It is amazing as much as it is odd to me. I am very glad that there are so many people helping others whether it is cancer, bush fires or anything else. I’ve never been brought up in such community though therefore have not developed much feelings towards. However trying my best to embrace now!
OI love all these social gathering. In Russia we are always scared of terrorism, violence or any other life threatening possibility therefore I never participated in large people’s gathering. I am glad I didn’t – I could have been dead by now. However, in Australia it is a whole different world.
Check the map out here: 7-Bridges-Walk-Map-2013. It is an indeed a fascinating walk through some steel jungle bridges, bush, odd suburbs, busy streets, etc… Now, as you can see on the map 7 bridges loop around the harbor takes up to 27 km. I think we ended up measuring 28 km 😀 (giggling). Anywho, I’ve done some running, climbing, jumping over and many other things but I’ve never walked …. in an organised sort of line of over 15,000 people. Fascinating! I really wanted to run the Walk; however currently not fit enough (another giggle).
So I decided it is worth talking about The Bridges rather than the cancer fighting donations, healthy benefits & consequences of walking all day under the Sun or people’s hidden motivations of the participation. I felt like talking about the bridges…
Bridge No 1
We chose to walk starting from Milsons Point at 8:30 am … which means we walked over the iconic Harbor Bridge which is known as ‘Coathanger’ and was opened on March 19th 1932 after six years of construction. The Bridge is sitting on two pylon outlooks which make your knees shake and heart race. Good view, just too high for me (giggling).
Bridge No 2
The ghost of the recently removed monorail is still haunting Pyrmont Bridge (sad giggle). Pyrmont Bridge connects Pyrmont (the suburb) and the City (the center). The first Pyrmont Bridge was opened on 17 March 1858 and it was a wooden pile bridge with an iron center swing span. Old version of it was replaced by a better one in 1902. Busily packed with yachts water space underneath is Darling Harbor which is a great tourist attraction in Sydney. The bridge was closed to vehicular traffic in the 1980s, the traffic having been diverted over new freeway structures built further south of Cockle Bay, and it was then re-opened as a pedestrian bridge as part of the re-development of Darling Harbour as a recreational pedestrian precinct.
Bridge No 3
Anzac Bridge is a beautiful replacement to a tin wooden two lane bridge which is still hidden underneath the steel giant. New bridge, replacing the earlier Glebe Island Bridge, is a large cable-stayed bridge is also known as Madonna’s Bra (giggling) because it looks alike Madonna’s bra 😀 The bridge was given its current name on Remembrance Day in 1998 to honor the memory of the soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who served in World War I.
Bridge No 4
Iron Cove Bridge was opened in 1882 after 4 years of construction. In April 2009, the NSW Government approved plans to construct a second bridge over Iron Cove, a duplicate sort of thing.The new bridge has been constructed on the western side of the existing bridge and holds three westbound traffic lanes with one lane designated as an AM bus lane. There is also a 4.3 metre wide pedestrian and cycle path on the western side of the new bridge which connects to both the The Bay Run and Victoria Road. The Bay Run is a beautiful bay around which so many people gather to run, walk, cycle or chill with families and friends. I go running around fairly often 🙂
Bridge No 5
I have not crossed Gladesville Bridge before, I have walked on the top of it and walked back about 3 years ago but have not been back since. The bridge is an arch bridge near Gladesville that spans the Parramatta River, west of central Sydney, Australia. It links the suburbs of Huntleys Point and Drummoyne. The current bridge replaced the original Gladesville Bridge (Parramatta River Bridge), which was opened on 1 February 1881. The old Gladesville Bridge was constructed as part of a series of bridges built during the 1880s, which also saw the construction of the Fig Tree Bridge and the Iron Cove Bridge.
Bridge No 6
I encourage you to research further about the bridges! 😀 Exploration requires some education … so feel free to learn more and share it with me!
Walking over seven bridges in Sydney has revealed many new beautiful spots in town which are worth re-visiting. Also, walking for such a long time taught me to use my muscles more rather than just step on my feet and hope it’ll be allright. When it comes to a long distance walk, just like a long distance run, it can cause an injury or discomfort therefore it might be useful to think of a better technique. It might sound like over reacting because it is just walking… however how often do you walk almost 30 km a day?! 😀