The Edge of the Appalachians...
Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
31Trip End Aug 12, 2013
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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
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.