Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The Piankatank River
Say Piankatank really fast, at least four times in a row. I dare ya.
The Piankatank River is considered the dividing line between Mathews and Middlesex Counties. (Hey, I don't make these names up, I just report them as they are. I couldn't make this stuff up if I wanted to.) Piankatank obviously is an Indian name, which loosely translated means, SOMETHING. The Piankatank also divides Mathews and Gloucester counties. Around here, rivers do a whole lot of dividing.
The interesting thing about the Piankatank is that right here where the bridge is, the water starts to turn from salty, which is inherent to the Chesapeake Bay, to fresh. Meaning one critical thing: no stinging nettles (aka jellyfish to non-Mathewsonians).
One time, many moons ago, a male friend of mine who had a boat (which was and still is the Mathews equivalent of being DONALD TRUMP), invited me to go water skiing. Little did I know that when he said water skiing, he meant marathon skiing trip worthy of the Guiness Book of World Records. I "pulled up" right here under this bridge, right where the water starts changing. And I skied all the way to what is known around here as Dragon Run.
What you may not know is that DRAGON RUN IS LOCATED IN THE NEXT COUNTY OVER. Not Middlesex but Gloucester. And I am reasonably sure I skied the equivalent distance of Route 66. (And by the way, I have no idea how to spell the past OR ANY OTHER tense of "ski" but rest assured I did more ski-ing than any human being on this planet thus far. Because the Piankatank River Bridge to Dragon Run is MARATHON, I tell ya. I don't care how you spell it.)
Stay tuned for the next post, which will talk about The World's Smallest Post Office, located right across this bridge, in Middlesex County.
I swear I do NOT make these names up.