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Berks County Covered Bridges
November 2008
The latest of my covered bridge driving tours took me to Berks County, Pennsylvania. I had hoped to take my Dad on this tour but that just wasn't in the cards. We went to all five bridges and then had time to visit the William Penn Memorial Fire Tower in Reading. We even did some shopping at the outlet stores and then had dinner at Stoudt's Black Angus Restaurant. I couldn't have asked for better fall weather.

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03 Boathouse Row 06 I-176 Ridgewood 07 Red Trees
Boathouse Row on the Schuylkill on a clear Fall day
A scenic view of I-176 in Ridgewood, PA
The trees are as red as can been at the Berks County Heritage Center
11 Wertz Bridge Hex Sign 13 Wertz Bridge Interior 16 Wertz Bridge
All great covered bridges have a hex sign, just as this one on Wertz's Bridge in Reading
The interior of Wertz's Bridge in Reading
Wertz's Bridge in Reading
17 Tulpehocken Creek 18 Wertz Bridge 20 Wertz Bridge & Tulpehocken Creek
A view of Tulpehocken Creek looking under Wertz's Bridge
Entering Wertz's Bridge in Reading
A view of Tulpehocken Creek looking under Wertz's Bridge. You can see why it's the longest single span covered bridge in Pennsylvania.
22 Distlefink 23 Kutztown 24 Cows
The Distlefink is traditional symbol of the Pennsylvania Dutch. This giant one resides at the the Berks County Heritage center
Looking down into Kutztown, PA
There were some cows out in the woods. No punchline, just some cows.
27 Kutz Mill Bridge 31 Dreibelbis Bridge 32 Dreibelbis Bridge Interior
The Kutz Mill Covered Bridge in Greenwich Township, PA
The Dreibelbis Covered Bridge in Greenwich Township, PA
The interior of the Dreibelbis Covered Bridge in Greenwich Township, PA
35 Trees & Road 38 Pleasantville Bridge 39 Griesemer's Bridge
I love a country road in the fall such as this one in Berks County
Pleasantville Bridge in Oley Township, PA
Griesemer's Covered Bridge in Oley Township, PA
42 Griesemer's Bridge 44 William Penn Memorial Fire Tower 45 William Penn Memorial Fire Tower
Griesemer's Covered Bridge in Oley Township, PA
The William Penn Memorial Fire Tower overlooks the City of Reading
The William Penn Memorial Fire Tower overlooks the City of Reading
47 Reading View from Fire Tower 50 View from Fire Tower 51 View from Fire Tower
An incredible view of Reading from the William Penn Memorial Fire Tower
An incredible view of Reading from the William Penn Memorial Fire Tower
An incredible view of Reading from the William Penn Memorial Fire Tower
52 Reading View from Fire Tower 53 Pagoda 54 Pagoda Sign
An incredible view of Reading from the William Penn Memorial Fire Tower
Unfortunately Reading's pagoda was under repair when we were there.
Unfortunately Reading's pagoda was under repair when we were there.
55 Colorful Tree 56 Skyline Drive 58 Stoudt's Black Angus Restaurant
Fall trees don't come much brighter than these
Skyline Drive in Reading is beautiful in the Fall
I had been to Stoudt's Oktoberfest before but this was the first time I ate at Stoudt's Black Angus Restaurant.

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