On one day every springtime, the Maryland Transportation Authority diverts traffic from one span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and allows walkers to stroll across the bridge and enjoy the view. This year, the event was held on Sunday, May 7, 2006, and the weather was perfect for a Sunday stroll.
There are actually two bridges across the bay—the southern span opened in 1952 and the northern span opened in 1973. Normally, the southern span carries eastbound traffic and the northern span westbound traffic, but during the Bay Bridge Walk, the northern span carries traffic in both directions and walkers use the southern span.
This year, there was an added attraction: At 1:00 p.m., the Volvo Ocean Race would be restarted in Chesapeake Bay, just south of the Bay Bridge. Continuing the race, the seven race boats would travel down the bay to the ocean, then up the coast to New York City (the next stopover).
This was the first time that I did the Bay Bridge Walk, and I took lots of pictures. Visit the following pages to see some pictures of the Bay Bridge Walk and the Volvo Ocean Race.
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