The Edge of the Appalachians...

Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
Trip End Aug 12, 2013

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Butler/Mohican KOA

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Monday, July 15, 2013

First a new life lesson to RVers…you know all of those extra "cozies" we all have all over the place? FYI when traveling in your RV you can put glass jars, etc. in them and put them in the refrigerator! Keeps down lots of rattles and the ubiquitous “noise patrol” that we have all been on at one time or the other…who knew! Thanks Linda Shover…yours are the ones we used!! All of you non-RVers out there won't have a clue what I am talking about…and that is all OK!

We woke to a beautiful morning and took our time getting ready to head out, leaving camp about 9:45 local time. By the way, we both really enjoyed reading all the comments and e mails regarding yesterday’s blog! Thanks, and keep those cards and letters coming!

Heading northward, we drove around Cincinnati on I-275 to I-71. As we crossed the Ohio River into Ohio at 10:23, we saw that the river was running very full and it was quite muddy.

We passed the exit to King’s Island around 10:45 and remembered the first time we were there when our girls were just little kids. That was the last time I rode a roller coaster since I thought I was going to lose Kim on one of the hills because she was MUCH too short to be on it and I thought she was going to fall out! By the way…speaking of Kimbo…sweetie, I can’t BELIEVE we let you drive a van load of kids up there that time! Wow! What parenting skills we exhibited!

The land flattened out as we drove north of Cincinnati towards Columbus, and we were in very nice looking farmland which was growing corn and what looked to be soybeans (need you Don to know for sure!!). Traffic was fairly light for which we were grateful. Driving through Columbus we were into some major highway construction but luckily weren’t slowed down by it. Judy, FYI…when we stopped for gasoline it was $3.59/galleon. We are getting right at 10 MPG which includes sitting parked with the motor running several times. We did manage to take a scenic tour of low rent housing in Columbus which actually looked much better than some we have seen in other cities in the past.

We left the interstate at 2:35 heading towards Butler, Ohio which was to be our stop for the night. We were once again into lovely farmland, but the topography here reminded both of us of East Tennessee. We read earlier that this area is the edge of the Appalachians and I guess that is why it looked so much like our former home. It was nice to have a slower pace driving vs. the interstate.

We drove through Fredricktown, Ohio which was a very attractive old town. It must also have been a very wealthy town at one time because it was full of huge old homes. Once again, the topography was very rolling…almost hilly as we drove into Butler.

At 3:15 we arrived at the Butler/Mohican KOA which is our stop for the night. A young woman and her husband had just bought the campground about a year ago and they are working hard to make things nice around here. Our site is reasonably level and the power is OK…good stop for the night.

Tomorrow we should start getting into areas where we will be doing some slower touring. We had thought we might get to the Sandusky area today but decided to stop earlier so that we can walk and have a relaxed evening. By the way, as you watch us travel, if you think that we are going to be near a place that you recommend we see, or something that we should do, please let us know as we are just flying by the seat of our pants right now!

We drove 218 miles today.
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Steve and Linda on

Lulu says HI .

Joe & Doris on

You are very near Holmes county which has a huge Amish community. Walnut Creek has a tremendous restaurant (Der Deutchman). There is a P.Graham factory in Dalton, OH. I think you would find is fascinating. Enjoy your trip!

Mavis Marx on

Hi Guys, Nice pictures, but I must know who's that sitting on you dash? John stay on the right side of those roads.

dwlp.travelkids on

Joe and Doris...that isn't exactly in the direction we had planned to go to or row but John is consulting the map, so stay tuned! Thanks for the suggestions. Also we send a shout out to Lulu!

Nancy on

I just love traveling with you!

sandy and bob on

Sandusky has Cedar Pointe, a great amusement park with fabulous roller coasters. Come on Pat give them a try.

Linda Shover on

I feel so useful to you! Great blog...I always enjoy traveling with you.

Bob and Ruth on

Hello from Door County, Wisconsin! The parents are fine and we are now vacationing in our old stomping ground! Had breakfast today at Al Johnson's in Sister Bay (goats on the roof). Love those Swedish pancakes! Enjoy the rest of your trip. We plan to be home about July 23.

Brent & Cindy on

Dang...if only you could went a week earlier we could have spent a few days together. We went thru Cincinatti and Columbus last week. Enjoyed seeing all the wheat, soy bean and corn fields and yes it does look like East TN.

Safe travels and love to you both!

Charlie & Drema Harden on

Thanks for keeping on your blog list. Were wondering how you were.

Pat Morrell on

I guess it won't be long and you might reach NYS. I am from
Rochester, NY, up on the lake and you spoke of the Finger Lakes...
I did my Music Masters Degree at Ithaca College above Cayuga Lake.

Safe and wonderful traveling. Watch for those special and
memorable moments.

Sue Painter on

Sounds like a roller coaster ride might still be in your future, Two Balls. Just think the Big Kahuna can hold your hand. :-) evil grin....

Ruthie Baker on

Glad to be riding along with you. Safe travels for you.

Georgia on

Hi Guys!
I missed you both this morning! It is never the same when both of you are not there. I hope you are stretching sometime during
the day, although it would be hard to do in Mufaso! Thanks for sharing your trip with me.
Love you guys,

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