Accidental Tourists: A Nice Find in Giles County

The Sinking Creek Bridge in Giles County is open to the public.

People love leaving their initials on the old wood.

Margie and I took off for Paint Bank in Craig County to have lunch at the General Store there yesterday, but because Miss Direction Smith can’t find his butt with both hands, we wound up 45 miles away in Newport, asking for directions.

It turned out to be a nice accident because we got to see the lovely Sinking Creek Bridge, a 70-foot-long wooden beauty with a tin roof that was built in 1916 and has been marvelously maintained–by the county, I would assume.

Margie looking pretty at the bridge.

In the same area are the covered wooden bridges Link Farm Bridge, 50 feet long, built in 1912; and the Reynolds Farm Bridge, which is 36 feet and was built in 1919 (it can be seen from U.S. 42). The Sinking Creek Bridge is the only one open to the public (for free) and it’s worth the drive, as you can see above.

We, of course, did not give up on lunch in Paint Bank at the General Store, not so much because the food is great (it is pedestrian, at best), but because it is a lovely place to share a little peaceful time in a beautiful setting (outside, on the porch).

My meatloaf with string fried onions wasn’t very good. But it was pretty.

Margie, of course, had her standard burger with greasy fries, and I tried the meatloaf (more filler than beef, I’d bet), fried onions, cole slaw (pretty good), baked potato (how can you screw up a baked potato?) and some rolls and cheese biscuits (both bland and cold).

Still, it’s a good place to land, especially after a false start.

A tall, handsome 60ish guy named Patrick shot this photo and told us that his dad was a combat photographer during WWII and Korea. I said he had to have brass balls to have done that.