A nice surprise
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We slept in this morning and missed the breakfast they served til 9 am. So we got gas around the corner in the pouring rain and went to Burger King for a couple of breakfast burritos. Like I said, it was pouring rain at that point. But as we made our way west towards a rather small town named Valley City the rained stopped and we got some sunshine.
Valley City had not even been on our itinerary but for some reason I was looking through the AAA guide book and noted that it was home to the longest and highest single track railroad bridges in the nation. At 3,860 feet in length and 162 feet above the river bed the High Line Bridge quickly made its way onto the must see list for the day. We drove into town and stopped at the welcome center to get a map.
The map gave directions about two miles north to where we could see and get some pictures. After taking several shots and trying to figure out yet another place to take some shots we heard something. Could we be so lucky? Indeed we were. After just a minute or two we saw a train slowly making its way onto the bridge. This is a slow process, because for safety they go very slowly, probably 10 to 20 mph. It was pretty hard for me to hold the camera steady I was so excited.