Monday, October 31, 2011

Covered Bridges

After spending almost all day Saturday at the Cincinnati Museum Center we decided we would just be homebodies on Sunday. Yeah, that planned was ruined the moment we woke up Sunday and decided we wanted to do something. We've been looking through our National Geographic Scenic Byway book for a while. A few trips are located within a days drive of us and we decided to check out one that we thought would be the prettiest this time of year. Covered Bridge Scenic Byway, a "2 hour" drive that winds its way through Wayne National Forest. "2 hour" doesn't really apply, unless the only thing you do is drive to each bridge, take an obligatory picture and move on to the next one. We don't roll like that, so we were there for close to 4 hours. : )

The first bridge on the tour is Hills Bridge, you can't drive across it, but you can walk across it. All the bridges have a place to pull over and wander around to take pictures and plaques to read about the history and style of bridge. 

 The Hune Bridge is next, the only bridge you get to drive across! Super fun, but it is one lane-be cautious.
Across the bridge is the Hune Campground, very cute. It's now on the list of places to camp. Getting across the river, though, was very hard. Be prepared for a water crossing. We felt pretty bad-ass going across his water crossing in our tiny Aveo ; )

Well, we felt pretty bad-ass until we continued on up this gravel road that got steeper and steeper until the only way to survive was to get up the hill. We were bouncing and grinding and the car was whining and skidding. When we got up it, we were both laughing, mostly to keep from crying...

 These pictures don't do the hill justice, I shot them from the car on the way back down. 1. We twisted this way, 2. Then twisted that way, 3. Then, whoops, where does the road go..., 4. Oh, God...the road drops... The point after picture 4 is where I could only hold on to the "Oh shit" bar and pray our car loves us. But, my was that fun!!!

Then onto Rinard Bridge, where we were still laughing about the things we do to my car. We mused about putting a lift-kit and BF Goodies on my car so it would be better prepared next time. Past the Rinard is another campground that's more secluded and on our list to camp too! There was a 4 wheel drive road by it that was closed. We parked the car and explored a bit. Andrew skipped rocks, while I watched my rocks hit the surface and sadly, ploop down to the bottom. 

 For some reason, I think this bridge didn't have a name...I'm going with Kissing Bridge which is the stlye of bridge it is. It was the longest and in the worst shape.

The last stop was this Ring Mill, there used to be a bridge, but something happend to it : ). The house the Ring family stayed in was cool.

After the mill we got back in the car for our lengthy drive home. It was such a nice and adventurous drive! The roads are nice and windy, which Andrew loves. The trees were beautiful and it wound up being a great day to visit. Wasn't cold and no where near hot, perfect weather. 

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