I have a confession to make – I’ve never seen the film “Bridges of Madison County.” I was made to read the book in year 12 English class, and I could not fathom what was so romantic about an extra-marital affair. In fact, I don’t think I even finished reading the book – sorry Mrs Avetisoff. The only romantic notion I found was the idea of covered bridges. Given that I am now living in the Midwest U.S.A. and am fortunate to have many covered bridges nearby, James and I took a romantic Saturday afternoon drive to check out the covered bridges of Ashtabula County, Ohio, backed by blue skies and gorgeous autumnal foliage.
Why are covered bridges covered?
Historically these bridges were made of wood, which is vulnerable extreme Midwest weather conditions. Without the covering, wooden trusses would rot more rapidly and require frequent replacement. Covered bridges had the added benefit of keeping the roadway clear of snow and rain that create a dangerously slippery surface for horse and carts to pass.
Ashtabula County is located in Northeast Ohio and has nineteen covered bridges, including America’s longest and shortest bridges. All of the County’s covered overpasses are connected by two recommended driving routes, and you can download your official driving map from here. Ashtabula also hosts a yearly Covered Bridge Festival in October. The following pictures of Ashtabula’s covered bridges will give you a taste of the beauty you’ll find there.
I hope you found your own romance in the landscapes and covered bridges of Ashtabula County. Looking for covered bridges in another part of the US or Canada? Take a look at these interactive maps created by covered bridge enthusiast, James Walsh.
See here for more inspired things to do in Northeast Ohio.
Peace, love and inspiring travel,