Day 12

Trip Start Jul 11, 2008
Trip End Jul 27, 2008

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

We began what's been termed the "Quest for the West" today-heading from Hamburg, New York in a somewhat roundabout, but more straight than the previous plan, route back to California. I was awakened quite early today at 7 AM. Well, it's early for me and normal for everyone else and they delight in seeing me stumble around tired. We grabbed a quick breakfast and said our goodbyes.

Along with the help of Betty the navigator we located the town of Ashtabula, which we had stayed at on the way to Hamburg. Here, my mother purchased a gazing ball from a local gas station she'd regretted not buying the first time around. We are not fortune tellers and I don't know what use we have for a gazing ball but I suppose it will look pretty enough in the yard.

Continuing, we passed through heavy rain and pressed on toward the Dayton, Ohio Air Force Museum. We arrived there around 3 PM. We decided against going to the National Football Museum in favor of the Air Force one. It was spectacular. I think we made the right decision. They had everything from an exhibit of the first airplanes (and even a zeppelin!) to space flight exhibits. And everything in between. Dad loved it. He's worked on some of these airplanes and told us all very cool anecdotes and information about them. A lot of them didn't have plaques so he was sort of our tour guide for the afternoon.

We ate at TGIFs for dinner. Our waiter had the heaviest southern accent I've heard yet, and he was really young, too. Afterward we discovered the campsite we had planned on staying at had no electricity because of a storm last night which had passed through and which had possibly involved a tornado. So we decided to press on to Casey, Illinois, which was considerably further.

The roads were rough with lots of potholes but we made it. It was quite late so we plugged in the RV and fell promptly asleep.

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