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COVERED BRIDGES

 
 
Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 24 Nov, 2010 10:46 am
Well, even though the only major river you'd encounter is the Chaudiere (meaning the hot one), i suspect that you'd be driving on the river rather than into it.
George
 
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Reply Wed 24 Nov, 2010 11:07 am
@Setanta,
Yeah, depending on the season.
(In Quebec those would be Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter, and
Construction)
My route takes me over the Richelieu and, of course, the St. Lawrence.
Don't know where the Caudiere is.
JPB
 
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Reply Wed 24 Nov, 2010 11:08 am
@George,
George wrote:

Yeah, depending on the season.
(In Quebec those would be Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter, and
Construction)
My route takes me over the Richelieu and, of course, the St. Lawrence.
Don't know where the Caudiere is.


One of my least favorite bridges on the planet is the one that crosses the St. Lawrence into Montreal. It's one of those that have a metal grated road that throws your tires all over the place <shudder>.
Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 24 Nov, 2010 11:12 am
I guess i just assumed you'd go north to the Maine border and then down to Montréal--and the only river you'd run into before te St. Laurent would be the Chaudiere . . .
George
 
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Reply Wed 24 Nov, 2010 11:20 am
@Setanta,
I go north through NH to near Concord,
then northwest to Burlington VT,
then north and west to Montréal.

It's lovely drive (depending on the season).

This is the first year since Nigel went to McGill that we aren't making that
drive on (US) Thanksgiving.
Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 24 Nov, 2010 11:22 am
OK, my mistake. The Chaudière runs between the Maine border and the city of Québec--not Montréal. Sorry . . .
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Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 24 Nov, 2010 11:24 am
@George,
Yeah, that's gorgeous country . . . the only drawback being that les habitants drive in an even more scary manner than your ordinary Canajun . . . which is saying a lot . . .
George
 
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Reply Wed 24 Nov, 2010 11:26 am
@Setanta,
They scare the crap outta me and I'm from Boston.
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Ceili
 
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Reply Wed 24 Nov, 2010 12:33 pm
@JPB,
We have one of those here, we call it - at least my family, the humming bridge. You have to hold your breath and hum while you drive the entire span. Sadly, I've just heard they are replacing it soon.
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Ceili
 
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Reply Wed 24 Nov, 2010 12:35 pm
@Setanta,
Quote:
les habitants drive in an even more scary manner than your ordinary Canajun


Too funny! I'm from Alberta where the speed limit is a suggestion and even though we've been rated the worst in Canada, they scared the crap outta me too.
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Swimpy
 
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Reply Wed 24 Nov, 2010 12:48 pm
let's not forget the Bridges of Madison County:
http://www.galenfrysinger.com/americas/iowa07.jpg

http://madisoncounty.com/index.php?page=the-bridges
dadpad
 
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Reply Wed 24 Nov, 2010 04:41 pm
@Swimpy,
I think that might be a bridge on the road to nowhere swimpy.

I was telling mumpad last night about covered bridges. She knew about ice from the novel The Bridges of Madison County.
She is a surprising font of wisdom and knowledge.
hamburgboy
 
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Reply Wed 24 Nov, 2010 04:48 pm
@dadpad,
ontario's last remaining covered bridge

 http://www.woolwich.ca/en/resources/covered-bridge-01.jpg

Quote:
The West Montrose covered bridge is recognized as a historic site by Ontario's Archeological & Historic Sites Board. It is Ontario's last remaining covered bridge and has a 198' span across the Grand River. Visitors come from all over the world to see and photograph this picturesque bridge.

Why a covered bridge?

This is the question often asked. The answer to this is for safety and economic reasons. A roof over the bridge served to protect the large timbers and trusses from the elements; and this is the reason the bridge is still standing after more than 100 years. Uncovered wooden bridges have a life span of only 10 to 15 years because exposure to rain causes unprotected joints to rot in summer and freeze in the winter; the hot sun causes the wooden planks to dry and curl. Applying oil and tar to preserve the floor made the surface slippery when wet. Horses fear rushing water and would often become spooked as they approached bridges. A horse will trot up to the opening of a covered bridge and clip-clop through, reassured by the side walls and the light at the end of the tunnel.

The bridge was built in 1881 and underwent major repairs in 1999. Light traffic is still crossing the bridge daily and many horse and buggies cross on Sundays. The bridge
is often referred to as "The Kissing Bridge" because it is enclosed and the soft light provides a feeling of intimacy for the romantic.



btw. montrose is in hutterite country - western ontario

  http://www.mhsc.ca/mennos/images/Amish.JPG
farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 25 Nov, 2010 05:05 am
@hamburgboy,
The primary reason for "why covered bridges"that Ive always been told is similr to HAmburgboys. In the 19th century the rural bridges aroun d here hd no way to hve large loads of concreted delivered, and since open wooden bridges rot very quickly in the NE US and in the MAritimes, the covered bridge was developed in New England.
farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 25 Nov, 2010 05:12 am
@farmerman,
I did a quick search and discovered, according to a bridge lovers web page, the first covered bridge in the US was designed and built in Philadelphia in 1804. It crossed the SChuylkill River (I know kill means river ) http://faculty.lebow.drexel.edu/McCainR//top/bridge/schuylkill.html
Rockhead
 
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Reply Thu 25 Nov, 2010 11:43 am
@farmerman,
missouri has some cool bridges.

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.parismo.net/images/OldCoveredBridgePC.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.parismo.net/city_sights.htm&usg=__nkTPfEBnpNyzPk1-UHIMiEfmCm4=&h=377&w=600&sz=71&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=Bb3agVkgCnuNZM:&tbnh=98&tbnw=156&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dcovered%2Bbridge%2Bkansas%2Bcity%2Bmo%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26hs%3DdF1%26sa%3DG%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26channel%3Ds%26biw%3D1016%26bih%3D534%26tbs%3Disch:1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=595&vpy=76&dur=5855&hovh=178&hovw=283&tx=148&ty=200&ei=tJ_uTMjyBoO0lQe1sbyFCg&oei=tJ_uTMjyBoO0lQe1sbyFCg&esq=1&page=1&ndsp=15&ved=1t:429,r:3,s:0
farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 25 Nov, 2010 06:37 pm
@Rockhead,
Jeezus, that url was the equivalent of a spendi sentence. Cool bridge listing.
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Thu 25 Nov, 2010 06:41 pm
@farmerman,
Here's a covered bridge in Brookline NH, not far from my house.

http://img.groundspeak.com/waymarking/large/ce1e2aa7-c577-4147-a02a-86c4bf6fbdea.JPG
farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 25 Nov, 2010 06:48 pm
@rosborne979,
Its a box bridge. Ill bet it gets regular maintenance. It looks great, Ill bet its a regular echo chamber for bikes. Too bad they dont design bridges based on their resonant frequency.
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