Over the years I’ve pedaled beside and across the Russian River in a variety of different places, but today I set out to visit some unexplored territory. Due to the way the river swells and rages in winter, the bridge (generally known as the “Asti summer bridge”) on Washington School Road is seasonal. During the low flow summer, a road is bulldozed across the dry channel of the river and a one-lane temporary bridge spans the quiet flow in the main channel. In winter, the approach road is flattened and the bridge taken out of service. It’s the only way across the river between Cloverdale and Geyserville; consequently, local residents would dearly love to make the bridge permanent. I’ve never pedaled in that neck of the woods when the bridge was open. I wasn’t even sure it would be open today. But it seemed likely the summer crossing would be in action, so it was worth investigating.