I got up all set to pull both bikes down for a major tune up...then remembered It's the 4th so the shop's closed. Valve are on the list and I'll need shims if the shops closed, if I wait they'll be A-OK no doubt and both bike being down it a bad plan. So I took a ride instead.
This part of Ohio has a mess of covered bridges and there are 11-12 within 20 or so miles of my front door. Most are "working" bridges with a only a few being closed to traffic. I decided to only hit the ones to the NE and the working ones at that.
1st I ran up to Logan County and then over to the Lewis Road Bridge. Built in 2006...and I thought they stopped building covered bridges a 100 years ago!
All those beams under the bridge are wooden laminate and massive! They look like they'll be there 100s of years! There was a King Fisher Bird working over the creek looking for his dinner and while I was there he got his lunch!
About 2 miles away is the old Spain Creek Bridge. One lane and old. The bridge trusses only support the bridge itself the weight of traffic is carried by a new truss system. Still a cool old bridge.
4 or 5 miles down the road is The Buck Run Road Bridge it's a nice looking bridge and one I like. You can see it's a larger bridge as well. I was hoping the Police wouldn't show up and nail me for blocking the road SO you know what happened...right after I took the shop a police pulled up and ask me what I was going to do when the bike got flattened. I said I hope it doesn't and was I in trouble? He laughed and said I wasn't even worth a license check after some of the stunts people pull there!
10 miles to the Bigelow Bridge. And it's right next to a pig farm...the smell will about knock you down. Again an older 1 lane Bridge from the 1870s.
Just around the corner is the Culbertson Bridge. I felt safer with the bike in the road as it a dead end road. And as there's a large farm there they have a bypass ford beside the bridge as their tractors are WAY too large to fit through the bridge, 10 pounds of poop in a 5 pound sack bring anything to mind?!
Again 1 lane and again reinforced to carry the weight of a car.
I "Found" this one and the Bigelow when I first moved to Ohio and was riding over to Columbus to visit The Iron Pony (a place that I spend more money in than I need too!) And still go by the Bigelow when I head over to check out the newest gear they have.
I didn't take a photo of the only closed bridge I passed as there was a large party going on there. It's open to foot traffic and is part of a bike trail. So it has a second life after it was moved.
I'll try and get the rest of the working and closed ones later for you. None of the riding is super as this is Farm Country and flat and straight roads are the rule. There is better riding not far away though.
It still blows my mind that these bridges are not only still in use but still being built. Yellow Springs just finished a little bridge about 2-3 months ago. I have'll a photo of it next time. Remember you don't have to have the Rocky Mountains, OZ or South America to find things in you neck of the woods worth sharing.