One of my shortcomings is getting to where I’m going as fast as possible. That means the minimum stops done as quickly as possible, and combining stops when possible. For instance, stopping at the gas station with the Burger King or McDonald’s attached to fill up and grab a bit to eat for the road.
Recently, I’ve been working to slow down and take time to look at the path I’m traveling. I do notice the country around me, but sometimes don’t see the obvious. This bridge is the perfect example.
It is located on Highway 83 north of Wellington, Texas and I’ve driven through it many times in the last two decades, but I never saw it slower than 70mph. Yesterday I not only slowed down, but I stopped to take a look and snap a few pictures.
I don’t know when this bridge was first built, but it must be solid. It has changed very little over the years, getting only a new coat of paint every now and then.
This was the original two-lane bridge before the divided highway was built and another bridge was put in place for the south-bound traffic. With cars the size they were in the 1950s, this was one crowded bridge when meeting another car. And trucks … I don’t even want to think about meeting an 18-wheeler in the middle of this narrow, enclosed bridge.
What shortcoming are you working to overcome? Are you making any headway?
This isn’t the first time the Magnum badge has been retired by Chrysler Corporation. From my knowledge, it made it’s first appearance in the late ‘70s then again with the recent release of the 2005 model. The 2005 launch of the new Dodge Magnum was different indeed. The first was a two-door model and the 2005 model showed up as a station wagon.
Wow! That was not what we expected. What we did expect was a Hemi in any car with the Magnum name and Chrysler Corp didn’t disappoint. Before they were done, there were two Hemi engines available. If the 5.7L wasn’t enough for you you could ad the option of the 6.1L V8.
I felt a bit of sadness with the killing of the Dodge Magnum line from Chrysler. Of course, it’s not just the Magnum that is no more, but several other cars I thought were differentiators. Cars that were unique. Cars that were exciting. Chrysler has announced they will continue producing the Viper after turning down the only offer for the line last month.
Now, time permitting when I see a new Magnum, I stop and take pictures and visit with the driver. That has been one of the most fun things I’ve done in a long time. Since there aren’t billions of them on the road, it seems like a small club of car owners.
One of my goals is to get the photographs on their own page on the site for you viewing pleasure. Right now, many of the photos are on my Facebook page.
Do you own a Magnum from either era? I would love to hear from you about your ride and how you live The Magnum Life.
Before buying my 1990 Dodge Spirit, I had never noticed one on the road. The same with my 1995 Chrysler Concorde and, to an extent, my 2007 Dodge Magnum.
After buying each of them, though, I saw others everywhere. What is it about the brain that causes this phenomenon? I’m not sure, but others I have spoken with assure me … it’s not just me.
The other thing I’ve noticed is the lack of pictures of my early cars. Between cameras, film, and developing cost, pictures were a luxury. I know in our big picture box, there is a picture of my 1965 Comet Caliente with my pregnant wife standing beside it.
I’m not aware of many pictures of the other cars I’ve owned, but one of these days, I want to dig into the box and see. If they exist, I need to scan them for posterity. At least, my posterity.
What about you? Do you see your vehicle everywhere you turn? What about pictures of your early cars, do they exist? Feel free to share in the comments.