October 2013 Covered Bridge Tour
On Saturday, October 12th six Classic
Thunderbirds, one ’64 Thunderbird, one Retro-Bird and six Family Trucksters
along with 29 people toured the Bridges of Madison County. Oops – I mean Linn
and Marion Counties.
Did it rain – nah, it never rains on Thunderbirds. It just
rinses them off. Actually we did have a few light showers but never any heavy
We left the Baldock Rest Area right at 9:15 as advertised
and drove south on I5 to just south of Salem where we headed east for our
bridge tour. At our first stop to view the Jordan Bridge
due to the chill in the air we all decided to forgo our picnic lunches and eat
lunch at a restaurant at the end of the tour. The Jordan Bridge
is a replacement as the original burned in 1994. This bridge is not used for
automobile traffic it is the center piece of a nice park. You will see it and a
reflection of it in the photos below.
We drove on to tour The Hannah Bridge, Shimanek
Bridge, the Larwood
Bridge and the Gilkey Bridge.
We also visited the Roaring River Fish Hatchery and the Depot Museum
While at the hatchery several people fed the fish – no they
didn’t get sick, they bought fish food and tossed it into the fish pens. Hungry
fish chasing food made the water virtually boil. I think the hatchery was the
hi-light of the trip for the Van Winkle’s twin granddaughters. You can see them
below at the fish pens.
The tour ended in Scio at the Covered Bride Coffee shop
where we all had a great lunch. From there some walked and some drove to the Depot Museum.
It seems everyone was attracted to the railroad caboose on display there.
The six little Birds were made up of 4 57’s and 2 56’s. We
were a patriotic bunch as there were 1 red, 3 white and 2 blue cars.
Thank you very much to Don & Devona Smith and John and
Sheri Soukup for a great tour. Also thanks to Jim Sweet for a lot of these photos. We had a great time.
HINT: Did you know that you can click on one of the photos to see an enlarged version? Then you can click on an arrow to advance to the next photo.