A Bridge Too Far
The journey from our village home to the city of Udon Thani is 65 kilometres, just over one hours drive and I know every bump and turn along the way. I’ll admit that travelling in a car as a passenger sends me to sleep and it’s the potholes and craters that wake me at different stages of the route. It’s rare I stay awake the whole journey but myself and Wonderful Wi have made the trip that many times I think I could walk the roads blindfold.
These days my eyesight is not too good and I should wear glasses all the time but me being me I put them on as and when required. In the car they are nearly always in the glove compartment as I much prefer to wear shades.
Last month we were travelling to Udon Thani and having negotiated 45 kilometres of country road we turned on to the Nong Khai to Udon Thani highway. The road is straight, a good standard and leads you into the city. This particular day was on my recent holiday to Thailand and was the first occasion we had travelled into Udon.
As I looked ahead of me I saw something strange spanning the road, a thatched bridge with a railed walkway running across it. Where the bloody hell had that come from, it wasn’t there before. Udon Thani has its strange sky high kilometre marker (left photo), perhaps the same architect had been on the lao khao in his office once again.
As we got nearer to the bridge things started to look a little clearer and I thought about putting on my glasses to settle the issue once and for all. Was it a bridge or not, yeah it’s a bridge but a monstrosity at that. I looked again, squinted more like. I took off my sunglasses and with my nose squashed against the windscreen thought to myself…the walkway looks a little low, we won’t get under that. I had visions of an architect’s office full of 100 Pipers, Sangsom and lao khao…Wilai didn’t seem disturbed.
I reached inside the glove compartment, took out my glasses and put them on. I needed a clearer view of this thing. It was definitely a bridge and we would probably get under but something didn’t look quite right. I asked Wi to close the gap a little on the truck in front of us, I wanted a photo. Foot down the young one obliged.
Good eyesight even if it is through eyeglasses really is a wonderful thing.