Actually, I was attending a National Junior Forensic League competition in which my 13 year old son was participating. Instead of riding the school bus with him and several other adolescents, I invited a friend, Don, to take a scenic route to Des Moines, Iowa. We took some fun roads, stopped at some out of the way places, tried some local eateries, and did some camping on our way to Des Moines and on the way home.
We had some extra time so we decided to visit the famous Madison County including the town of Winterset, county seat and birthplace of John Wayne - The Duke! We knew we would need our nourishment so we ate a great breakfast at The Machine Shed in Urbandale near our hotel. (I will post later about the awesome breakfast and renowned cinnamon roll.) After breakfast we were ready to do some riding and take a lot of pictures.
I had an idea about the location of at least one of the bridges so we headed south on I35 taking the exit for CR G14 (Cumming Road) and riding west. We saw a sign for "Cedar Bridge" so we turned on the white rock road, Cedar Bridge Trail. I had been told that many of the bridges were on gravel/rock roads.
After about a mile we saw the covered red Cedar Bridge. We turned on the road to the bridge so we could ride across it. The road splits so that one can ride over the bridge or around it. The bridge was destroyed by arson and the current bridge was built with the original plans using authentic materials and methods. It is pretty and is located in a quiet area over a small river.
We continued south to Winterset where we visited the Chamber of Commerce across from the impressive county courthouse and picked up a map of the bridges and other useful information about the attractions of Winterset and the county. The people at the chamber were very helpful and friendly.