Ginny's Adventures 2006 travel blog

My home and surrounds in Cottage Grove - no rent district!

Dorena Bridge - 1949-now (rest area on other side ). Popular wedding...

Stewart Bridge 1930-1982 - one of best swimming holes in country under...

Mosby Creek Bridge 1920-now - oldest in Lane County, one lane, named...

Looking out from Mosby Creek Bridge

Currin Bridge 1925-? only one in county with white portals and red...

Centennial Bridge 1997 to scale for pedestrians from 2 torn down bridges.

Swinging Bridge - thrown in the tour just because. Note sign saying...

Chambers Railroad Bridge 1925-1951. Privately owned but town hopes it will be...

Dr. Snapp House, built in 1886. Cone called a witches hat.

Open for business across the street from restored Dr. Snapp House!

Dorena Lake & Dam - old town named in 1899 for Dora...


Lane county boasts that it was the first Oregon county to build covered bridges on a large scale and still maintains more than any other county west of the Mississippi. Cottage Grove is a small town in Lane County off of I-5 about 20 miles south of Eugene and provides a pamphlet for a self-guided tour of its 7 covered bridges. I took this loop today so have pictures of covered bridges, most looking alike because of having the same designer. Thank goodness this loop only took me about an hour to complete - one bridge was especially hard for me to find. Captions for pictures should explain the bridges - not much more to say about them.

I am staying in Cottage Grove because the warranty company (FreedomCare) sent me there to a Ford sales and service center called Kendall Motors (my friends in Florida live in Kendall) to have the transmission looked at in my home. The people diagnosed a problem with the transmission (fluid is kind of brown and smells burnt), oil leaking from the emergency brake so that needs to be replaced, and oil leaking from both shocks on the right side of the coach (passenger side?). They won't cover the shocks so I have to pay for new ones; they are finding out if they will cover a new emergency brake; the service center has to pull the transmission out and disassemble it to see what went wrong and report that to FreedomCare before I know if a rebuilt transmission will be covered. I found out that the transmission that's in Daisy is one fit for a pickup truck, not a full-sized truck, so a replacement will only last about 12,000 miles. I can pay the difference (assuming FreedomCare will cover a transmission) between the rebuilt one and a better one built for a truck with a warranty for 3 years or 36,000 miles. So, I will be in this town, parked and living at a dealership, for about a week and this stop will be expensive. I sure hope Miss Daisy will be fit for the rest of this trip so I can wait until next Spring to spend a bunch more money on her!

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