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Grace to Gephyrophobiacs

Friday, September 14th, 2012
Kate Dolan stops at the gift shop on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to take pictures

The view from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

Did you know that God lowered a bridge for me? And not just any bridge, either. It was a 17 mile expanse across the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. A bridge so long it has its own restaurant right in the middle in case people with bridge phobia (like me!) need to take a break. That I made it that far the first time without driving off the side in complete hysteria is still a minor miracle to me over ten years later.

Gephyrophobia is the scientific name for “bridge phobia.” In my case, it’s only a real problem if I’m driving over a high bridge. For some people, gephyrophobia is linked to claustrophobia and fears of being trapped. Not in my case, though. I just seem to have this sense that I’m going to swerve and drive right off the side of a bridge if it gets too high or goes on for too long. (more…)