"I celebrated [losing 100 pounds] by hiking a few miles to a local covered bridge.... I never knew about the bridge until recently, and I never would have visited it if I hadn't decided to change myself. On January 3 , I was exhausted after 7 minutes on a recumbent [stationary] bike. Today I was hiking for a couple of hours." - November 6, 2006, posted by The Historian to alt.support.diet
The Sheeder-Hall covered bridge will always be connected to my weight loss as both a means to achieve it and as a symbol of what I've learned along the way. I've hiked to it, I've ridden across it, and like hiking and riding, I'd have never known or cared about it until I changed who I was. So it was important to me to include it on my local loop ride, and now that the weather is warmer, I'm visiting my timbered friend again. For me it's more than just a bridge over French Creek. It's a bridge to the person I'm becoming.
Sheeder-Hall was built in 1850, and is Chester County's oldest remaining covered bridge. East and West Vincent townships work with the state Department of Transportation to keep the old span in good shape.
While the bridge remains much as it has been for the past 15 decades, there have been concessions to time and modernity. Stop signs, reflectors, a concrete support mid-span, and steel reinforcements have been added. Concrete now tops the stone wing-walls at both entrances to the bridge.
Despite these changes, the bridge continues to ornament a rural landscape:
Sheeder-Hall is a bridge with a lengthy past, but for this Clydesdale, it's a bridge to the future.