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The Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County, Ohio
November 24, 2016
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Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County | Duende by Madam ZoZo

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, Ohio

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.

Smolen Gulf Bridge
Smolen Gulf Bridge - America's longest and possibly youngest covered bridge.
Doyle Road Covered Bridge | Bridges of Ashtabula County | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Mechanicsville Road Covered Bridge | Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County
Mechanicsville Road Bridge, the second longest single-span, covered bridge in Ashtabula County complete with quilting square
View from Mechanicsville Road Bridge
View from Mechanicsville Road Bridge
Giddings Road Bridge crossing Mills Creek
The leafy roadway leading to Windsor Mills Bridge
The leafy roadway leading to Windsor Mills Bridge
Windsor Mills Bridge
Windsor Mills Bridge
Amish family in their horse and cart
An Amish family in horse and cart having just crossed Windsor Mills Bridge
Harpersfield Covered Bridge
Harpersfield Bridge spanning the Grand River
The Grand River
Grand River just downstream from Harpersfield Covered Bridge
Riverdale Road Covered Bridge
The lattice inners of Riverdale Road Covered Bridge built in 1874
Netcher Road Bridge
Netcher Road Bridge
Inside Netcher Road Bridge

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,

Madam ZoZo

Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County, Ohio, U.S.A | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County | Duende by Madam ZoZo

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Madam ZoZo

Hi! I'm Madam ZoZo, aka Zoë, an Australian designer, creative consultant, blogger and digital nomad. I'm passionate about travel, design, dance and new experiences that fuel my creativity. I strive to travel in a style that is gentle on the earth and that contributes to the communities I visits, even if it is merely to take away a greater understanding of a different culture. Duende by Madam ZoZo, is where I share the stories of my travels and the duende (soul/inspiration) I find along the way.

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