Now back to covered bridges. The next is just off the best road in MA to ride. Rt 116 in Conway is this road. This bridge is just after the center of town and right before the really nice twisties start.
Our next covered bridge ( really 2 of them here, look closer ) is in Vermont. My buddy Dave was with me on this cold November day. Northfield Vermont has 5 covered bridges, these 2 plus one more are on Cox Brook Rd. This group of bridges is also the only place in Vermont where one covered bridge can be seen from inside another.
Now this next bridge is the coolest by far. And sadly it may never be open again. I'm glad I got a chance to ride over it, many motorcyclist would never cross it. Why...well its called the floating bridge because it doesn't go over a river, but instead floats across a pond. Located in Brookfield Vermont along State Highway 65
This next bridge is north, or really Down East. You know that section of the Maine coast that looks like it sags down from the state. Not sure if that why its called down east but it sounds good to me. If you want to drive in the tiny town of Beals Maine you need to cross this bridge. I have friends that own a summer cottage further out on Great Wass Island so Im always in a good mood when I cross this bridge. Several of my "biker" friends followed me on this crossing.
Many times while riding thru New England you come around a corner and bam, a bridge. Sometimes I stop, other times I quickly take my camera out and try to snap a photo. Here are a few of those quick shots
I came across this bridge at the end of a dead end dirt road. She crosses the Nashua River in Harvard MA.
This next bridge is pretty special as well. I really should have a better photo of it. It is of course this is the longest wooden covered bridge in the United States and the longest two-span covered bridge in the world. It connects Windsor VT to Cornish NH over the Connecticut River
I wish I remembered where this next bridge was. I do remember the time of year, it was late in December and the temp was close to 60 degrees. Even though it was a rainy day I had to get out and ride. I found this neat little spot somewhere in Hubbardston MA.
Another Rainy day ride and low and behold I stopped at a bridge. This covered bridge is just another in a long list of bridges in Vermont. The Hall Bridge spans the saxton's River in Rockinham
North we go again...this time I mean really North. This bridge is in Littleton Maine...get out your map and see if you can find Littleton...its far away...north of Houlton! This bridge is Maine's youngest and really is in the middle of nowhere!
This next stone arch bridge is a mortar free bridge. She crosses over Beard Brook and is called the "old carr bridge" You can find her in Hillsboro NH.
Our next covered bridge in along a dirt road in Southern Vermont. Jackson Stage Road starts off as paved but quickly turns to dirt. Like so many dirt roads in Vermont you can easily navigate this on a street bike. Along the way you will need to cross the Green River Bridge to make your way to rt 112
Back in MA, and what a change from southern Vermont. This next spot is along the cape Cod canal. Two massive bridges cross this canal, and this one is the Sagamore Bridge. She was built in 1933 along with sister bridge the "Bourne" just a few miles south. She connects eastern MA with Cape Cod and can be a real headache to cross in the summer months.
This next shot won me a spot on the New England Riders Calendar. Like many covered bridges in New England she is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can find her in Stark NH. If you can find Stark you will find this bridge.
GOODSPEED OPERA HOUSE bridge is what I call this next one. But her real name is the "East Haddam Swing Bridge" is located in East Haddam of all places. She crosses the Connecticut river just a few miles north of the Ferry that is listed above.
Leominster MA is the home to this next bridge. This is pedestrian bridge is right next to my childhood home off Ellen St. I remember riding my bike across this when I was in 3rd grade. Back then the cage was not on it. It crosses over Route 2
The pumpkin seed bridge you see below crosses the Deerfield river in Conway/Shelburne MA. The Bardwells Ferry bridge is quite the site to see. The roads that lead to it are also well worth the trip!
This is certainly not the end, Its just the beginning of a journey that will never end as long as Im riding. I have many bridges that are on my list of places to go, and I sure I will find some surprises along the way.
My travels looking for bridges continues. Along a stretch of Rt 70 in Lancaster you notice some government signs on one side, warning you of the old Fort Devens military training area. But on the other side the road follows the Nashua River, once considered the most polluted river in the Northeast, but now its clean and flowing well all year. Spanning the river along this road is an old closed bridge, I had to walk thru a dense over growth to find it. Growing up a few miles for here I've spent some time climbing the fence and walking across this bridge, and also a few nights partying with friends underneath.Not too far away in the town of Shirley you can have some good grub at the Bull Run PubOut back they have a small parking lot across a small stream, and you need to cross it on a private covered bridgeNow just a few miles south...okay many miles away you will find one of the coolest bridges ever. However you wouldn't know it while just driving down route 19 in Fayetteville WV. But all you need to do is take the little side road that runs down the mountain on one side to get a grand view of the New River Gorge BridgeThe view from the top is truly breathtakingAs well as the one from that litte bridge you see way down there..
Now back up to lovely New England we go, to the wonderful state of New Hampshire. Nestled along a couple of dirt roads just south of the lake region you will find one of this states many covered bridgesI love these old bridges and the historical signs you usually find next to them. It was a very cold day when I snapped that photo, I had done a great 400 mile ride on December 2nd when I stopped here at this one.Now on a much warmer day I stopped at this covered bridge with a few riding buddies of mine
Again this one had a historical sign near by..this is in the great state of MassachusettsNow back to some cold weather riding..it is New England after all. This one is just a bit different, I found it on a covered bridge website, but its really a old barn with a door on both sides and a road that runs thru it.Close enough so thought I would share it with you all.Staying with the cold weather riding theme, this next one was visited on a nice day in February, Ive been to this spot on many different days and with several different bikes, but I will share the photos from this day with you.The Mount Hope Bridge in Bristol RI is this beautyAnother old steel girl can be found up in Massachusetts spanning the Mighty Merrimac River you will find the New Rocks swing BridgeA sister to the north, crossing the Connecticut River you will find the Cheshire Bridge, not a swing bridge, and not as long as the Rocks but beautiful in its own special way
Like many bridges this one brings you across state lines, VT to NH on rt 9
Some call this next one a covered bridge, its really a barn you drive under..way up in vermont
Mrs OSJ and Helen stand under this old stone bridge..many motorcyclist ride over this one on a nice sunny afternoon while enjoying Devils Hopyard Rd in CT
back up in NH we found a few more covered bridges..and a really cool old railroad bridge that is now a snowmobile trail