This is Brown Bridge, an example of a Smith Truss Bridge (the crossed trusses on the inside), built in 1880.
There were two covered bridges today! This is the New Hope Bridge.
This type is supposed to be rare, with a laminated bow arch. Both are closed to traffic, and both span White Oak Creek.
And a wonderful find near the end of the day. A private property owner has built a shelter for trail users. We saw the shelter location on the map, but it didn't click with me until I saw the property. I actually based camped here in my tent (pre-shelter) when I walked this section before (and spotted myself with my bicycle). Now the owner has added the shelter. It was clean and stocked with lovely amenities like games, firewood, a broom, and logbook. We signed the book and used the privy!
Here are our hosts for the past few days, Matt and Kimberly. They have been great. Matt gave us all the info about the creek crossings, and we've taken showers and had some nice visits.
Miles today: 16.9. Total miles so far: 705
Bonus section: Surprises
The first surprise for you is that Bill is now hiking with us for a little while. Of course this wasn't a surprise to us, but the timing was a little fluid, so I didn't want to say anything until he really arrived.
And the real surprise is that I got a new bird to add to my life list. Remember, I'm not a great birder. I didn't even know this bird existed before I looked at its picture on the computer tonight and looked it up. This is a Black Buzzard, Coragyps atratus. They are native farther south, but occasionally stray into southern Ohio. Very cool!
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