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Jul
25th
2020

Signal Boost: The Pony of the Mackinac Bridge · 8:55pm July 25th

Alrighty, folks, we’ve got an almost Not-A-Contest entry here. Pony in question doesn’t have a job, but she is hanging out in Michigan.


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TThe Pony of the Mackinac Bridge
After the first snowstorm of the season, a man finds a pony inside one of the towers of the Mackinac Bridge.
Penguifyer · 2k words  ·  159  3 · 988 views

Let’s be honest, I pretty much had to include it because it’s local (ish) and it’s got the Mackinac Bridge, which I’ve both driven over and sailed under. Nothing like looking up at the bottom of the bridge from a 16’ sailboat. I can only imagine what it’s like looking down at it from above.


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At a guess, that’s the Roger Blough passing under the bridge.

Penguifyer didn’t include a blog post with his story, so I’ll give you a couple facts you may not have known. First off, Mackinac Island has in fact banned cars, so most transportation on the island is by horse or bicycle, or snowmobiles in the wintertime. It has a road around the perimeter which is part of the Michigan highway system, M-185. It has the lowest total number of motor vehicle accidents of all Michigan highways: 1. The island’s fire truck bumped into the island’s ambulance, ending a 72 year long perfect record.

Lots of suspension bridges have hollow towers with rooms or ‘cells’ inside for maintenance and access purposes. I don’t know about the Mackinac Bridge specifically, but I’ve heard that the ones in the Golden Gate are confusing and it’s very possible to get lost in the towers if you don’t know where you’re going. I would assume if you constantly go either up or down, you’ll eventually find a way out, but there might be a lot of back-tracking involved.


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The hatches aren’t exactly roomy. Also, from that photograph it looks like they can’t be locked, but I don’t see any reason why you would want to.

Not only is the bridge occasionally closed for falling ice, it’s also sometimes closed due to high winds. Besides the winds across the deck, the middle of the bridge is open grid--this was done because it was designed not long after the Tacoma Narrows bridge (’Galloping Gertie’) blew down in high winds. The designers of the Mackinac Bridge wanted to make sure it would not suffer the same fate.


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Comments ( 32 )

From a former Michigander, I miss that bridge.

As soon as I saw it, I had a hunch this one would be right up your alley. As soon as I read it, I was convinced. It's well worth the read!

That photo falls rather high on the list of Photos You Can Be Darned Sure Georg Didn't Take. I avoid any place where I would ever say "They look like ants down there."

5321623
I haven’t been up there in six or seven years . . . since all the conventions got cancelled this year, maybe it’s time for another trip up north!

5321699

There is a reason I did a story on that bridge and a story of a dragon's trek to michigan myself.

5321674
I’m not a huge fan of high places, either, but if the opportunity to go to the top of the Mackinac Bridge tower came to me, I’d take it. That’s more solid than some things I’ve climbed on (and fallen off).

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Why, so you did! I’ll have to give that a gander . . . Equestrians operating automobiles is another thing I happen to like.

5321708

Well, it takes place in Starscribes the last pony on earth series.

5321709
I saw that! And if I remember right, that was where one pony was operating the steering wheel and the other was operating the pedals.

5321710

Yup but the dragon herself drives it. While Lyra the one that came from Equestria to find a leader. Keeps her sane while she gets used to being a Dragon.

5321704 There are dumber things to do. People are idiots.

5321816

There are dumber things to do.

If you want more "sweaty palms" moments, here are two more videos for your "enjoyment":

KMCA #14 · July 26th · · ·

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I'm kind of the opposite. I think the most at peace I've even been was in a glider looking down at the cars thinking something along the lines of "they look like colourful raisins"

No engine is what made it really peaceful. Nothing but the sky itself keeping you in the air.

5322188 Airplanes are fine. Airplanes are great. I've flown to each coast commercial, and to a dozen places in small civil aviation as co-pilot. Get me up to 12,000 feet and I'm happy as a clam, cruising along for a few hours as the world crawls by down there.

Anything taller than a good ladder and I start to worry.

5322201
Ironically for me I have probably between 4-8 times the flight time in a small aircraft or glider than I have in an aircraft capable of holding more than 4 people.

Thanks. :)

5321699
While our annual time up there has passed two weeks ago, if you find yourself in the area some summer, drop us a line to see if we can rendezvous. To be honest, it gets a bit boring up there and we could use the break!

(Ohioian, related to Michiganders by marriage)

I was raised in Michigan myself, and my family took a trip to the island once, or at least close to it. I was too young to remember any of that, though, so I can't give any details. ()^_^

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I wouldn't say that I'm scared of heights, but this video is rather uncomfortable, maybe it's because if I wanted to go up to say the Mackinac bridge towers, I'd make darn sure I had proper escort and safety gear, not climbing blindly for a @#$%! selfie, and probably illegally to boot.
in other news, I'd now like to take a trip up to check out some of these places that the Admiral does such a fine job describing in his stories. Mackinac island, Assateague island, taking a historic riverboat on the ol' muddy miss.

5323247 or a boat trip down the Erie canal and back.

(although personally I think the cheaper version around here would be the Nebraska Sand Hills Stock-Tank Float down the river.)

5321816

There are dumber things to do. People are idiots.

Oh, I don’t disagree.

5322335

While our annual time up there has passed two weeks ago, if you find yourself in the area some summer, drop us a line to see if we can rendezvous. To be honest, it gets a bit boring up there and we could use the break!

Most years, I’ve been using my free time to go to cons, rather than up north . . . cons aren’t an option this year, and I do still have a week off that I haven’t used. Problem is everybody and their brother are going up north this year.

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I was raised in Michigan myself, and my family took a trip to the island once, or at least close to it. I was too young to remember any of that, though, so I can't give any details. ()^_^

I haven’t been since middle school; the three things I most remember is horses, fudge, and the garden salad at the Grand Hotel had dandilion leaves in it.

5323247

I wouldn't say that I'm scared of heights, but this video is rather uncomfortable, maybe it's because if I wanted to go up to say the Mackinac bridge towers, I'd make darn sure I had proper escort and safety gear, not climbing blindly for a @#$%! selfie, and probably illegally to boot.

I’m glad there weren’t sefies back in the day when we were exploring tunnels and stuff. Protip, steam tunnels are hot.

in other news, I'd now like to take a trip up to check out some of these places that the Admiral does such a fine job describing in his stories. Mackinac island, Assateague island, taking a historic riverboat on the ol' muddy miss.

You can’t go wrong with northern Michigan. Hit the west coast and you’ll be able to see lots of the places in OPP; you can even see one of the islands from the Leelenau State Park (not North Fox, though; that’s not high enough above the water).

Last time I was at Assateague, it was after Bronycon and I was exhausted, so I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have. Did get to see some of the feral horses, though, and that was nice.

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We’ve got the Pigeon River, which I remember is particularly relaxing.

Also a few others, but I haven’t spent as much time on them. Been canoeing on a few, saw a snapping turtle that could have taken a finger off if he’d wanted to . . .

Also I’m just now remembering canoeing in Florida somewhere and seeing a manatee.

5324675
Yes, to humans--I’d assume that’s why they don’t bother to lock the hatches themselves.

I don’t think that the Mackinac Bridge has gates like that, but I don’t know for sure it doesn’t. I can’t recall ever seeing them.

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Did you hear about the woman who got kicked by one of the Assateague ponies? She was bumming around the beach leaving her daybag in easy reach, ponies got curious, and she being the genius she was thought it was a good idea to scare the pony off, by whacking it with a plastic shovel. It's apparently illegal to harm one of the feral ponies, and interactions in general are strongly discouraged.

5324778
I’ve noted that there’s a video of it with commentary one one horse channel I watch, although I haven’t actually seen the video. I’m sure she approached the horse from behind, which makes her an easy target, and of course they’re going to kick at something they think is a threat.

As I recall, there are signs all over the island telling people not to be stupid (basically); the horses are wild animals and are not your friends.

5324782
Like I said, she wasn't exactly the prime example of our species supposedly superior intelligence.

5324929
One important thing to know about horses--maybe the most important thing to know--is when they turn their butt to you, negotiations are over.

Edit: Also, yeah, that lady’s lucky she was already falling when the horse kicked--if she’d been standing up, he probably would have seriously injured her.

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