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## Bridges #5: Fun & Amusing Bridges

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Hidden : 12/14/2018
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12/15/2020 UPDATE: Due to on-going construction and a permanent change at the former GZ, the puzzle has been updated to reflect a change of location. For those who have already solved it, the changes are in D, E, H and J. Please see those four questions below to update those coordinate digits. You'll also want to put them into Certitude again to receive the updated hint.

I love bridges! I've always been interested in them. Maybe it started back when I was seven years old and heard about the moving of the London Bridge to Arizona, piece by piece...how cool is that! Or my fascination whenever I go over a really high bridge and see the great view from it. Or seeing some new innovation in bridge design or a good-looking bridge, be it in the daylight or at night. If you haven't already done so, please read through "THE SERIES EXPLAINED" section below and then work on this fun, informative, and easy puzzle.

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THE PUZZLE

This is the fifth in a series of caches about bridges. This set are ones that I thought were fun and/or amusing, whether it be visually or the stories associated with them.

The final coordinates for this puzzle are determined by finding the following answers.
Coordinates are: N43 AB.CDE W77 FG.HIJ.

A: Red Crab Bridge
Christmas Island, Australia
In order to curtail the destruction of many red crabs, this bridge was created to help them cross the road by going over it.
According to the information in this article, A is the last digit in the number of underpasses that have been created for the crabs in addition to the bridge.
https://roaring.earth/millions-of-crabs/
BONUS VIDEO: Short, informative video about the crab migration.

B: Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China
The bridge is made of a metal frame with more than 120 glass panels. Each of these panels is 3-layered and is a 2-inch-thick slab of tempered glass.
B is the number of support pillars erected for the building of the bridge.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhangjiajie_Glass_Bridge
BONUS VIDEO: A "must watch" video to REALLY appreciate this bridge!

C: Lego-Brücke (aka: Lego Bridge)
Wuppertal, Germany
In 2011, graffiti and street artist Martin Heuwold repainted the bridge in the style of Lego bricks, receiving national and international media attention for his work. The work was awarded the Deutscher Fassadenpreis Advancement Prize in 2012.
C is the third (or fourth) digit in the square footage of the total area of the bridge.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lego-Br%C3%BCcke
BONUS VIDEO: News video about the Lego Bridge.

D: London Bridge, AZ
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
By 1962, the London Bridge (built in 1831) was not sound enough to support the increased load of modern traffic, and it was sold by the City of London to Robert P. McCulloch, the chairman of McCulloch Oil Corporation and founder of Lake Havasu City (which is his retirement real estate development on the east shore of Lake Havasu, a large reservoir on the Colorado River). McCulloch purchased the bridge as a tourist attraction for Lake Havasu City.
D is the last digit in the year that the bridge's re-assembly in Arizona began.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Bridge_(Lake_Havasu_City)
BONUS VIDEO: First 1:30 of video are a history of the city and purchase of the London Bridge.
These are photos I took of the bridge and of a construction photo in the museum. Zoom in on the bridge photo and you'll see both the U.S. and the U.K. flags being flown.
FYI: There's a geocache on the bridge! :-)

E: Yongle Bridge
Tianjin, China
Tianjin Eye is a giant Ferris wheel built above the Yongle Bridge. The wheel has 48 passenger capsules. Completed in 2008, the Eye is touted as the only Ferris wheel in the world to be attached to a bridge. The bridge’s upper platform is for vehicle traffic, while the lower platform is for pedestrians. The Ferris wheel is accessed by following the lower platform.
E is the second digit of the height, in feet, of the Tianjin Eye.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tianjin_Eye

F: Alam Bridge
Gilgit, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Built with a combination of iron rods and wood over the Gilgit River, the Alam Bridge is one of the scariest bridges in the world. Back in 2014 a truck even got stuck on this bridge (no one was injured).
F is the first digit of the length, in meters, of the bridge.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alam_Bridge_inscriptions

G: Zalige Bridge
Nijmegen, Netherlands
The Zalige Bridge is built with large blocks that are usually well above water, but when flooded those blocks create a set of stepping stones so pedestrians are still able to use the bridge.
G is the first digit in the year the bridge was in its first flood.
https://landezine-award.com/zalige-bridge/
The first picture is the bridge when it's not flooded (note the large blocks along the one side). The second picture shows the same part of the bridge when it flooded.

H: Moses Bridge
Halsteren, Netherlands
This “sunken” bridge located in the Netherlands gives visitors a unique way to access a beautiful Dutch fort. The Moses Bridge literally parts the waters that surround the fort, allowing pedestrians to pass through.
H is the second digit in the year this bridge was built.
https://www.cntraveler.com/story/moses-bridge-the-netherlands-bridge-under-troubled-water
BONUS VIDEO: Short video showing more detail of the bridge.

I: Trampoline Bridge
(Would have been Paris, France)
This is NOT a real bridge, but the concept is definitely amusing! Why walk across the river when you can bounce your way across. Concept was drawn up as a response to "A Bridge in Paris" competition.
I is the first digit of the diameter, in feet, that the buoys would need to be.
https://newatlas.com/trampoline-bridge-concept-seine/24609/

J: Storseisundet Bridge
Norway
The road from the mainland Romsdal peninsula to the island of Averøya in Møre og Romsdal county doesn’t look as if it actually connects as you drive towards it. Take a look at the pictures below (the second one is my favorite) and then see additional pictures of this optical illusion when you go to get the answer.
J is the second (or fourth) digit in the year Atlantic Road, with its eight bridges, was opened.
https://wordyboard.com/the-storseisundet-bridge/

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THE SERIES EXPLAINED

To share my interest in bridges I've created this series of 12 caches. For each cache you'll look up information for 10 bridges. The bridges are from around the world, and no bridges are repeated throughout the series. So 12 caches with 10 bridges...120 bridges for you to enjoy!

The caches will be released throughout the winter months, allowing you to spend some time sitting nice and cozy in your pajamas & bunny slippers, researching the answers and watching videos or viewing photographs about each bridge. And I even give you links to where you can find the answers! Once you've solved it though you'll need to take off the bunny slippers, bundle up and go find the cache.

I've tried to make the hides as winter accessible as possible for the location. Happy caching!