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Old 10-12-2010, 11:21 AM   #1
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2 Day - My Swinging Bridges Ride in Missouri





I adventured out on a 2 day journey to visit some early 1900s bridges, wire suspension(swinging), old train trestle & a old truss bridge in central Missouri. The Swinging Bridges Ride is a very popular annual ride here in the midwest, I believe in May of this year there were over 100 riders that attended. Unfortunately I was unable to make the ride this year so I planned my own solo SBR trip.

Due to time constraints I modified the route up a bit from the signature SBR route, but it was still amazing riding both days.

My route - 482 miles


Day 1 included some great country & forest roads, lunch at the great Bixby store, an old trestle bridge, then ending the day at camp by the lake.

Day 1 - "Lets Ride"


If you are wondering why I ride so slow over the slab creek crossings, well, if you are from the midwest, I don’t have to tell you why. But if you aren’t from these parts, those things are death. We call them slime crossings, or slip-n’ slides, or snotways… they are the most slippery things you'll every ride on.. even worse than ice, in my opinion!

After a great day of riding, a good meal and a good nights sleep at camp, I was up early and just giggling to see these bridges. This is the first time I've rode this ride and there's just so much history to enjoy here. These guys who just ride fast, fly through routes and miss all the good stuff, don't stop to take a photo or anything, are just plan crazy!!

As I rode across these structures, I just thought of the men in 1920s who built them, how they constructed them and if they even thought they would be a piece of history. I have to think they thought they were just providing a way across the creek but were very proud to do so. But to be still standing almost 100 years later.....

Day 2 - "The Bridges Home"


Wow.. another amazing day of riding, here in my home state... there's so much more that I didn't include in the videos.. and so much more I didn't ride. I'm just saving it for next time...

This was a great ride and I can't wait to get out on another.. I've got one in the works, I just hope I can get it in before the weather turns on us!

If you are ever riding through this area, I encourage you to take a detour and check out these old historical bridges before they are gone....

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Old 10-12-2010, 12:58 PM   #2
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I could go through a box of microwave popcorn watchin' those video-logs over and over. Thanks for sharing your heart with us!!!
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Old 10-12-2010, 01:39 PM   #3
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Nice videos of a great ride!

I too could not go on the May Swinging Bridges Ride so a lead a few friends on the ride at the end of July-beginning of Aug. It is a great route. I would recommend anybody in the MO area to give it a try.

Here are a few of my pictures.







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Old 10-12-2010, 02:19 PM   #4
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What a great post. Thanks for sharing. We stopped at the store in Bixby the weekend of September 25-26, doing some pavement riding. Had to introduce some friends to Highways PP and DD.

I recognized some of the places and roads you were on, when you got closer to Bourbon, Sullivan and St. Clair. I grew up in that area and really miss the backroads.

Any chance you have a .gpx file of your route?
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Nice videos of a great ride!

Here are a few of my pictures.
Great photos!! That's one thing I didn't do enough of, I guess I thought since I had the helmet cam going.. but I now know.. do both!

I have much more riding to do.. I've been looking at making this trip into a 3-day ride, exploring more south and camping at some more remote locations. Its good riding!
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Great photos!! That's one thing I didn't do enough of, I guess I thought since I had the helmet cam going.. but I now know.. do both!

I have much more riding to do.. I've been looking at making this trip into a 3-day ride, exploring more south and camping at some more remote locations. Its good riding!
Ours was a three day. If you have an interest here is a link to more I took. http://picasaweb.google.com/ajayhawk...ingBridgeRide#

Last year I also did a trip riding between many of largest springs and old grist mill in the state. There are lots of great places to visit in Southern MO!

The wheel at Turners Mill.

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What a great post. Thanks for sharing. We stopped at the store in Bixby the weekend of September 25-26, doing some pavement riding. Had to introduce some friends to Highways PP and DD.

I recognized some of the places and roads you were on, when you got closer to Bourbon, Sullivan and St. Clair. I grew up in that area and really miss the backroads.

Any chance you have a .gpx file of your route?
Drop me a note with you email and I'll send you mine.
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What a great post. Thanks for sharing. We stopped at the store in Bixby the weekend of September 25-26, doing some pavement riding. Had to introduce some friends to Highways PP and DD.

I recognized some of the places and roads you were on, when you got closer to Bourbon, Sullivan and St. Clair. I grew up in that area and really miss the backroads.

Any chance you have a .gpx file of your route?
No problem.. the .gpx is on here somewhere too.. but lots of us have it

The ladies at Bixby are top-notch, great people and good eats!
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Oh. and street riders will enjoy a ride down to Bixby.. there was a group of them when I was there, real nice fellas from Ofallon, IL.... my WR is back there somewhere, ready to race these boys...... on gravel

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No problem.. the .gpx is on here somewhere too.. but lots of us have it

The ladies at Bixby are top-notch, great people and good eats!
I just checked out your website, very nice!
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Old 10-13-2010, 07:23 AM   #11
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Awesome ! Looks like I have to come out there one of these seasons. Unbelievable photography to Bill ! Looks 3d !
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Old 10-13-2010, 08:19 AM   #12
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Awesome ! Looks like I have to come out there one of these seasons. Unbelievable photography to Bill ! Looks 3d !
Thanks Frank.. and yes you do need to ride on down
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Old 10-15-2010, 03:58 PM   #13
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Great videos Basher !!!!
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Old 11-29-2010, 07:58 AM   #14
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Awesome ! Looks like I have to come out there one of these seasons. Unbelievable photography to Bill ! Looks 3d !
This one is my fav from this ride..

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Old 11-29-2010, 03:59 PM   #15
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Fantastic ride!! Thanks for the pics and video... must be nice to have the trails all to yourself
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