Fri Jan 11th, 2008 at 02:01:18 PM EST
We haven't had one of these in a while and since a certain momentous event further described below the fold - it might be - as an anti-metaphor and antithesis, to why I started the series also be the last.
Bridges to Nowhere!
If you want to go from Tolsta to Skigersta, the distance as the crow flies is about 8 miles. It's a very nice journey, along some pretty spectacular coastal scenery. Traigh Mor and Garry Beach at Tolsta, Dun Othail, Dibidil, the long valley at Maoim. The forlorn ruined chapel at Filiscleitir, with the demure shielings at Cuidhsiadar. And then the metalled road is reached at Skigersta.
Yep. There is no metalled road from Tolsta to Skigersta. It's an 5 mile bogslog between the Bridge to Nowhere and Cuidhsiadar, with an additional 3 miles along a reasonable track.The Bridge to Nowhere is a relic from the era of Lord Leverhulme, who owned Lewis and Harris between 1918 and 1923. He was a visionary man, who wanted to bring progress to the Long Island.
(all from BBC
Bridge to no-where is of course also a political metaphor, which I first came across with pork bridges in Alaska:
Christian Science Monitor
Today, motorists can't drive directly to the tiny hamlet of Port MacKenzie from here, but that could change, courtesy of US taxpayers. Two Alaska Republicans with clout in Congress, Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young, are pushing for funds that could send the Anchorage suburbs leapfrogging into those hinterlands.
The proposed $2 billion Knik Arm Bridge - one of several projects that could make Alaska the biggest winner in this year's transportation-bill sweepstakes - has stirred outrage from critics who see it as pork-barrel spending that will send federal deficits spiraling up.
Some of the Bridges to no-where are outright beautiful though and funny.
Some other things are just naturally beautiful.
Mila Clare Luise 2590 - 31 - 47 and three weeks early. Mother and Daughter are fine.