157 Covered Bridges

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Central, Texas & Gulf States' started by BigDogAdventures, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. BigDogAdventures

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    I just realized I need to share this file with everybody. Most of them are in Indiana but there are lots more. When traveling around I always load this file in my GPS and even tho my route may not have covered bridges in mind specifically, it's nice to go off route and check one out if I get close to it. Or better yet you could make a month long ride out of just visiting them all. You can be guaranteed that almost all of them are on a lonely one lane gravel road with great scenery. Be advised it's possible a few may be gone---as it seems about once each year someone will burn one down.

    You could tie all these together in one big ride or several small rides and finding you way between them will be fun and reward you with more great backroads and scenery.

    Although something like a KLR would be fine, all could be found with a big 1150GS riding 2-up. There is no mud to any of them. I have been to all of them (probably on my 1150)--most are out in the middle of nowhere and will sneak up on you.

    The waypoints on this file have a code to them----waypoints beggining in CB is a "covered bridge"------CBC means a covered bridge "closed", meaning you can't ride across it-------CBO means covered bridge "open", meaning you can ride across it---------CBP, means a covered bridge on private land. The open and closed aspect of these is subject to change as these bridges get older and older.

    I spent a couple years putting all this together---enjoy !!!!! I do believe that the states I have shown covered bridges in---are all the bridges in that state.

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  2. AnnieGS

    AnnieGS Namasté, bitches!

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    Cox Ford Bridge. :lol3
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  3. BigDogAdventures

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    Better get to the Cox bridge quick---as you can see it's leaning pretty badly :rofl :rofl :rofl :rofl :D
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    AnnieGS Namasté, bitches!

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    ...and the Jackson Bridge, too.
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    The Old Red covered bridge is about 8 miles Northwest of Poseyville, Indiana---the riding all around it is beautiful---all gravel. You could ride across this one untill about one year ago. It's worth a visit.

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    Thanks for the pics Annie---they are certainly beautiful :norton
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  6. PhilSpace

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    Thanks. I didn't realize there were so many, even a couple nearby in NC.
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  7. worthless nut

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    Thanks BigDog. Here they are.

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    Now that I have a GPS I hope to do the same in Ohio.

    I set out one Sun. morning with the intent of finding 4 bridges in ~3 hours.
    I found one decommisioned and one private in ~4 hours, but had a blast!

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    I'ts old home in the background.

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    :clap

    Very cool. Loved it. Wonder if there is a National Register??? :ear
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  9. buildit

    buildit Guns, bikes and Bows

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    Near rt559 and rt245 in North Lewisberg :D

    New to the GPS thing but

    N 40deg 13'23.7" W 83deg 33'2.7":deal
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  10. BigDogAdventures

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    Here is a neat place where a guy has pictures and GPS locations of all the covered bridges, neat barns, bridges etc. The history of the bridges is given too---very interesting. This guy has spend some serious time putting this together.

    http://www.dalejtravis.com
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    Very cool link, thanks, it's nice having pictures to go with the waypoints. I'm putting together a quick route now with them to his some covered bridges near the CCR this year.
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  13. buildit

    buildit Guns, bikes and Bows

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    Hi WN. I just noticed the refrence to the OSU horseshoe. Man I'm slow some times!:lol3 Are you in Upper Arlington with Rider? I just got my first GPS ( garmin gpsmap 60c) like it alot for it's calculating capabilities. See you out there.:D
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  14. worthless nut

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    No, UA is W & NW of the 'Shoe less than 2 miles. I'm ~due E.
    I just got a mount for my new GPS V last night :wink:.
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    This one is about a mile from my parents place
    http://www.dalejtravis.com/bridge/ohio/htm/3500458.htm
    It actually replaced a more conventional iron truss bridge. I did a lot of fishing there as a kid.
    I've been to most of the ones in Ashtabula County.
    There's also "Covered Bridge Pizza". Guy took some bridges and made restaurants out of them. I'm familiar with the one in North Kingsville just SW of the junction of Hwy 193 and US 20.
    http://www.dalejtravis.com/bridge/ohio/htm/35004(b.htm
    Looks like there's one in Andover now too though.
    http://www.dalejtravis.com/bridge/ohio/htm/35004(a.htm
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  16. buildit

    buildit Guns, bikes and Bows

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    Damn if I didn't go to OSU and look at the education they gave me! :lol3

    Did a ride Saturday in Amish Country with some ADV riders. Biggest problem with the Garmin mounting bracket on the KLR is the bar is so small it kept rotating. When I go home I wraped the bar with adhesive neoprene and tied off the top so it has nowhere to go and a tighter fit on the bar.:D
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  18. Carl.Custer

    Carl.Custer Been here awhile

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    Dang, they missed the three covered bridges in Frederick County Merryland.

    Dunno if it'd work on the KLR but RAM mount makes a bracket that mounts the ball on your brake or clutch MC. I cobbled something similar out of 1/4 inch alloy bar for my 'Ceptor, Sabre, and ST.

    Carl in Bethesda
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    I have a Garmin gpsmap60 and bought the bike handlebar bracket. It would move around while riding so I wrapped the bar with adhesive neoprene gasket and it stays in one place. :D
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