While a guest recently on the radio show Late Night in the Midlands a listener asked about Planet 9.
Talk of Planet 9 is usually the topic of late night talk radio and conspiracy theorists but, Mike Brown a professor of Planetary Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology discusses the real possibility of the existence and discovery of Planet 9.
Michael Vera is one of the top 50 streaming radio hosts in America.
“The show was fun. I think it went well. I had recently been on Coast to Coast AM. I studied all my research notes to prepare for that show, so the material was still fresh,” said Mike McCoy
Book sales and website visitors spiked as a result of Mike being on the show. A good sign that listeners had a strong interest in the topic.
Mike will be doing more radio shows in the future. He has been asked to once again be a guest on Night Dreams Radio with Gary Anderson. This will be Mike’s second time on Night Dreams Radio.
“Radio is lots of fun, especially when they have call in questions from listeners. It’s great to connect directly with people and do my best to answer their questions. Sometimes they can really put you on the spot,” said Mike.
Atlas Obscura, one of my favorite sites on the internet focuses on the odd, weird, and obscure has discovered the ‘Bridge to Nowhere,’ the same bridge in my book, ASTEROIDS!
Atlas Obscura included the Bridge to Nowhere located in the San Gabriel Mountains north of Los Angeles in a roundup of eight bridges to nowhere.
Here’s what they wrote:
The Bridge to Nowhere is a truss arch bridge that was built in 1936 just north of Azusa, California in the San Gabriel Mountains. The bridge spans the East Fork of the San Gabriel River and was intended to connect the San Gabriel Valley with Wrightwood, California. During its initial construction, Los Angeles County claimed that the bridge and connected highway would be one of the most scenic roads in America.
Unfortunately, these thoughts quickly changed when the East Fork Road, which provided access to the bridge, was washed out during a massive flood in 1938, just two years after the bridge’s completion. The entire project was then abandoned, and the bridge was left forever stranded in the middle of the Sheep Mountain wilderness, without having a single car ever cross it.
Today, the bridge is only accessible by a 10-mile round-trip hike, which ascends to 2760 feet while crossing the riverbed six times. Parts of the old asphalt roadway can still be found along the East Fork Trail, as well as a number of concrete slabs which formed the foundations of bridges that were also destroyed by the flood. Despite its popularity, the trail frequently gets washed out and can be very dangerous. There have been a large number of deaths along the San Gabriel River due to travelers crossing the rough waters en route to the bridge.
The Bridge to Nowhere remains one of the most bizarre artifacts of the San Gabriel Mountains. What began as a significant state transportation initiative slowly became a desolate destination for hikers and bungee jumpers. The connected road and nearby bridges may have been crushed and ruined by countless floods, but the Bridge to Nowhere remains true, unused, and alone in the wilderness.
My PR agent, trying to get more coverage for ASTEROIDS-Bridge to Nowhere, asked if there had been any recent asteroid near misses with Earth. Here’s what I found:
Jan 1, 2020 – Bus-size asteroid will buzz Earth at 18,400 mph on Jan. 2 – The event is set to occur just three days after five sizeable NEOs flew by the Earth on the same day.
Jan 6, 2020 – ROCKY HORROR! Asteroid that could have caused ‘Violent Sky Explosion’ powerful as 30 nukes zips past Earth.
Jan 25, 2020 – A 32-Foot Asteroid Skimmed Earth from Very Close by Shortly After It Was Discovered. The asteroid was traveling at an incredible speed of 22,800 mph and buzzed Earth from only 37,200 miles away. The object was discovered less than 24 hours before its close flyby of Earth. Yikes!
Jan 26, 2020 – “City-Killer” Asteroid Nearly Hits Earth – it came closer to the Earth than the moon this week.
The space rock, named Asteroid 2019 OK, came hurtling toward Earth at a speed of nearly 15 miles a second. Astronomers admit they had no idea the giant rock was headed our way, because it came from the direction of the sun and only became visible a few days ago.
It looks like 2020 will be a busy year for asteroid flyby’s. It’s only a matter of time before one smacks us!
Last weekend I hiked up to the Bridge to Nowhere. It’s not a fictional bridge created for my book. It’s a real place! The Bridge to Nowhere was built in 1936 and spans the East Fork of the San Gabriel River. It was meant to be part of a road connecting the San Gabriel Valley with the town of Wrightwood. The road was under construction when it was washed out during the great flood of March 1st, 1938. The road project was abandoned due to the floods leaving the completed bridge stranded in the middle of nowhere.
Reaching the bridge these days requires a five-mile hike on a rugged trail climbing over rockslides, granite boulders, darting past prickly Yucca plants, and crossing the San Gabriel River several times.
Once you reach the bridge you might be surprised to find a very active Bungee Jumping operation. This was my third time visiting the bridge but the first time meeting the current owner of the bridge and surrounding area, Dr. Ron Jones.
Ron has operated Bungee America since 1989 which is the only government certified bungee jumping company in California and counts more than 162,000 successful jumps.
I brought a copy of ASTEROIDS – Bridge to Nowhere with me on the hike to take some photos. When I met Ron and learned that he owns the bridge, I joked that I might owe him royalties for using an image of the bridge on the book cover.
He responded that if I gave him a copy of the book, he would call it even! I was happy to give him the copy I’d brought on the hike.
Ron also confirmed there are several old gold mines in the canyon, just as I described in the book, but I doubt any have been converted into something quite like Munday’s Hide-a-way!