I was driving along the motorway last week, concentrating madly. It is essential to keep a cocoon of space around your car here, but at the same time you can’t hesitate for a second. The cocoon is so that you have a chance if people overtake/undertake/stop suddenly/dash suddenly to the right or left (all these happen constantly). But if you hesitate, everybody else will drive over you so you must keep going. Interesting combination. Also, while retaining your cocoon, you must be pushy when merging or changing lanes because nobody will ever, ever pause to let you in. Unless they are me, in which case they will get rapidly overwhelmed by cars from the rear. Still with me? I was driving along the motorway, concentrating.
Anyway, I managed a furtive glance to the left and saw an enormous brand new bridge which seemed to be leaping out from a beach into nowhere. Then I was simultaneously overtaken by a Lamborghini and undertaken by a Maserati and had to concentrate again.
But the bridge stuck in my mind, and I looked it up on the map. It seemed to link the mainland to an uninhabited island. I am always on the lookout for dog walks, especially dog walks with the potential to let them off their leads, and an accessible uninhabited island seemed too good an opportunity to miss.
So I packed the dogs in the car and set off full of hope. We parked near the bridge, loaded ourselves up with water, bags, leads etc and headed towards the enormous, bare bridge.
And we struck gold! There was a barrier across the bridge, easily outmanoeuvred by two keen dogs and their handler, and then we walked up into space and down into a wonderful wilderness of sand. There was nobody else there, and the island was huge. Behind us I could glimpse the high rise towers of the city through a lilac mist, which is really the best way to view them, and in front of us was desert sand and then the Arabian Gulf which I may already have mentioned is peerless in colour and transparency. Gold next to the beach, shading into pale turquoise and then emerald green. There were shells for my collection and the dogs could run in excitable circles and roll in seaweed (I think it was seaweed, I hope it was seaweed).
We particularly appreciated this because our walks have recently been on leads and around the compound, due to reports of poison put down on the beach we used to walk on. Hooray for the Bridge to Nowhere: the island and sea were beautiful, and the dogs and I were free for a whole blissful hour!