08 June 2009
BRIDGE TO NOWHERE
I pass by this bridge every time I head out to Route 66 Casino for the buffet... ok ok I plug a few quarters down in the slots too.
I really dig old bridges with character and this one has some.
This is the Rio Puerco bridge built in 1933 and is part of Route 66, The Mother Road.
The bridge is no longer in use and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is being preserved by the State of New Mexico.
Interesting side note. As I was there taking pictures this guy in a pick up truck pulls up next to where I was parked and also walks the bridge.
That's cool, maybe he is a bridge enthusiast too.
So he follows a distance behind me and I don't really think anything of it.
When I am done taking my pics I begin to head back to my car and he turns around and says something like "so I found this baby crow a few days ago here and am nursing it back to health."
I stop and say something like, oh, ok, and he begins some small talk about how he found it at the bridge and took it home and is nursing it and was wondering if he should set it free in the same spot or what.
He is drawing my attention to the area below the bridge.
Ok at this point horror movies are rushing through my head. Especially Texas Chainsaw Massacres 1-3 and the remakes!!
He is not a transient looking fella -- denim shirt and jeans and seems well kept. Still, something is odd here.
I mean, my being there with a camera makes sense: bridge enthusiast, photographer, etc.
He is there without a camera just sort of wandering about.
And what was he doing there 'a few days ago???'
[CLICK TO ENLARGE - THAT IS HIS TRUCK AT THE LEFT.
NOW DON'T TELL ME THIS DOESN'T LOOK LIKE A SCENE FROM TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3: STEEL TRUSS BRIDGE - REMOTE AREA - DUSK!!!]
As I start to leave he keeps bringing up small talk. Something is telling me I should leave.
I tell him 'well I have to go buddy; and I do.
Serial killer? Pick up? I don't know but it was creepy. I've seen enough movies to know one thing: TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS!!!
As I pull back on to the main road I get the chills: the song on my CD player, no lie, is FRESH BLOOD by Eels.
Oh...I saw Journey Gnome about yesterday....something is up.