It's not as if there's anything to dislike about covered bridges. I love the look of the one in Chatfield Hollow State Park. And the one in West Cornwall, which unlike this one you can - nay, have to - actually drive across, is also very pretty. Although it's a bit terrifying. It's dark in there, and there's only one lane, and you have to just have faith that no one's going to come barreling along in the other direction. (Oh, whoops, there is something to dislike about them.) But I'm not obsessed with them as many people seem to be. (It's not like they're old schoolhouses or anything.) And so I wasn't expecting very much from the Comstock Bridge.
And this, on the reasons why covered bridges are covered: "One common name for covered bridges was 'kissing bridges,' suggesting that their dark interiors provided an ideal place for young lovers, away from the prying eyes of their elders...But the fundamental reason for covering a bridge...was to protect the timber structural members from the weather..." What is left of my cynicism appreciates that.