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Spent a nice warm spring day tooling around Bucks County riding to (and in all but 2 places riding over) all 12 of Bucks County's remaining covered bridges.  Only takes a few hours, and there's a cluster of 5 of them just a few minutes apart from each other.  The last one, of course, was the hardest to get to - involved a gravel road and then a short hike in the woods.

Fortunately none of them featured the dual raised planks that tossed the Multistrada to the ground (with me under it) near Elysburg years ago.

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The Van Sandt bridge, built 1875

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The Loux covered bridge, at 60 feet long, is the 2nd shortest in the county

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Cabin Run, built 1871

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Frankenfield bridge, 1872

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At 56 feet long the Erwinna bridge is the shortest in the county

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Uhlerstown bridge over the former Delaware Canal.  The road up the hill on the other side is one-way, narrow, and STEEP!

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A lot of the roads connecting the first bunch of bridges were seldom-travelled backroads

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Knecht's bridge, built of hemlock

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Sheard's bridge

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Mood's bridge, one way and on a fairly busy road.

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Because of a construction detour I had trouble finding the South Perkasie bridge, which is located in a town park.  I stopped at the WPA twin bridge to figure out how to get there, and 2 women on a bench suggested I should just ride over this pedestrian bridge.  When I commented that was probably not legal, she said I could push the bike over.  Um, no.

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South Perkasie covered bridge

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Pine Valley bridge

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Schofield Ford bridge, located in Tyler State Park and accessible by gravel road and then a short hike.  Very picturesque!

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Overall a pleasant way to spend the day
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Re: Day Trip - All 12 remaining Bucks County (PA) Covered Bridges
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2018, 07:50:48 PM »
At some point, you were less than 15 minutes from my house.  Always welcome to stop by. 

Bridging makes a nice excuse for a dayride.  Nice photos too. 
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Re: Day Trip - All 12 remaining Bucks County (PA) Covered Bridges
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2018, 09:05:25 PM »
Love it Ken! Good stuff.
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Re: Day Trip - All 12 remaining Bucks County (PA) Covered Bridges
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2018, 10:23:23 AM »
Great pics, as always.  We even spoke of such at the R4 camper meet recently.  :)

I'm such a child.  All I can think about is how cool it would look in that first picture of Moods bridge if you were captured (photographically speaking) exiting the bridge in a nice tall wheelie.   :redface: :squid:
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Re: Day Trip - All 12 remaining Bucks County (PA) Covered Bridges
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2018, 08:27:54 PM »
How'd you find and plot a route for the trip? That's a ride like to do, too. Now, doing all the bridges in the state... that's more than a day trip. There's one in Forksville, near World's End State Park. The general store is run by a South Philly guy who makes killer cheestakes on real Amaroso rolls! It's Gino's, Pat's, or Forksville IMHO.
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Re: Day Trip - All 12 remaining Bucks County (PA) Covered Bridges
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2018, 08:40:47 PM »
How'd you find and plot a route for the trip? That's a ride like to do, too. Now, doing all the bridges in the state... that's more than a day trip. There's one in Forksville, near World's End State Park. The general store is run by a South Philly guy who makes killer cheestakes on real Amaroso rolls! It's Gino's, Pat's, or Forksville IMHO.


http://www.visitbuckscounty.com/towns-main-streets/maps/covered-bridge-tour/

Happy to send you the gpx if you're interested.
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Re: Day Trip - All 12 remaining Bucks County (PA) Covered Bridges
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2018, 09:01:10 PM »
I <3 World's End & cheesesteaks.  I may ride to Forksville this weekend.  There's inspiration for you.

There's roughly 200 covered bridges in PA.  I have a book listing them all (at the time of printing), with photos & explicit directions.  Signed by the author who managed to photo them all in the same year.  He said it was quite a challenge.  Nowadays every bridge is listed on the internet.  Yep, it's more than a day ride.  I've only seen about 3/4 of them in the last 10 years of riding. 

Like this one (but it's in Ohio).

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Re: Day Trip - All 12 remaining Bucks County (PA) Covered Bridges
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2018, 07:46:33 AM »
Very nice. I love covered bridges. Here in CT, we only have 2 covered bridges that are still open to traffic. I'm jealous.  ;D

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Re: Day Trip - All 12 remaining Bucks County (PA) Covered Bridges
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2018, 07:35:00 PM »
Right on Ken !!!!  Thanks for posting.