About this event
A covered bridge is a timber-truss bridge with a roof, decking and siding, in which most covered bridges create an almost complete enclosure. The purpose of the covering is to protect the wooden structural members from the weather. Uncovered wooden bridges typically have a lifespan of only 20 years because of the effects of rain and sun, but a covered bridge could last over 100 years.
Covered bridges represent a link with our past. They stand as monuments to builders who had the vision and the ability to design and construct engineering masterpieces of wood. Men such as Ithiel Town, Stephen Long, James Tasker, and more recently, Milton Graton have left a lasting impression on the landscape.
There are about 14,000 covered bridges that have been built in the United States, most in the years 1825 to 1875. Today surviving bridges are number at fewer than 1000 by the United States Department of Transportation, and 814 by the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges as of 2009.
Remember too, each covered bridge is captured at a moment in time. These structures will change. Some will disappear, succumbing to the ravages of time and the carelessness of man. The outward appearance of some bridges will change in the future as they are rebuilt. Many bridges will appear to grow stronger as everything around them ages while others will appear ancient in their modern surroundings. Each bridge however, contains a character and an individuality all its own.
This years Covered Bridge Tour is to benefit NH Best Buddies (BB). BB is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). In 2020, we were able to raise $1000 in donations from this event for Best Buddies.
The tour will start at the Walmart Parking Lot, 350 Winchester St. Keene NH in front of the Harbor Freight Tool Store. The tour will be approx. 110 miles and Lunch in Brattleboro VT. Lunch will be on your own, and we have designed the day so that you can bring a picnic lunch, or stop at Dunkins, Wendy’s McDonalds or my favorite Famous Fast Eddies Restaurant and Ice Cream, and still be Covid-19 responsible. There are no dirt roads in the morning section, and will cross 8 covered bridges before Lunch.
The finish will be in Bernardston MA, at the Hitchcock Brewing Company, with food trucks, a band and outdoor seating where we will have socials for those who want to stick around. All this will be based upon the rules of the Audi Club which calls for masks to be worn.
Registration is thru MSR and the entry fee is $40 per vehicle . (INSERT WEBSITE) Sign-in will begin at 8:30AM and first car off at 9:00AM, with the tour ending approx. at 4:00PM in the afternoon.
Come enjoy the day.