No Guts, No Glory....

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

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

First of all, I have an addendum to yesterday's blog. Actually, it is a Life Lesson/Truth of Life—Watch CAREFULLY for horse manure on the highways and byways as you travel. I forgot to mention that John (bless his heart!!) spent about twenty minutes hosing off the evidence on Mufasa of our drive through Amish Country. Those charmingly old fashioned horses and buggies of yesteryear…are NOT just enjoyable to look at. They are real…and they have a byproduct that bears paying attention to as you drive past in your 21st century transportation! Just saying. I am sorry I didn’t think to take a picture of the process, but am reasonably sure that your imagination is all you need to have a full mental eye picture (and nose picture!) of part of our afternoon yesterday. Enjoy!

We pulled out of camp at 10:30 once again…this time it was because we had a great conversation with two folks that were parked next to us last night. They were a very nice couple from Pennsylvania who just started RVing a few years ago and we enjoyed talking to them.

Our drive this morning was very nice. We crossed The Historic Lincoln Highway again several times today. After seeing it yesterday, we Googled it and were re-reminded that the original highway started in Times Square, NYC and ended in San Francisco making it the first intercontinental highway for automobiles in this country. Fascinating.

As we drove along, we once again saw the Amish harvesting wheat in their fields with a horse and wagon. Passing a field a little later we again saw the hand-done shocks of grain waiting for pick up. John wanted to get out and throw a sheaf or two of grain up on one of the wagons, but I was able to dissuade him from trying it. I think watching the process brought back memories of his work in hay fields when he was a teenager…in a world far, far away and long, long ago!

Once again, we enjoyed looking at the farm land in the area…some of it flat in areas and then hilly. We followed State Road 250 towards Lake Erie. In Ashland, Ohio we stopped for gas and paid $3.61/galleon (that info is for you Judy M!).

On our path were the towns of Norfolk and Milan, Ohio. Milan was the birthplace of Thomas A. Edison. Our arrival time in Sandusky was 1:40, a KOA campground at 1:50…and pulled OUT of the KOA at 2:15! Enough said. From there we drove to Cedar Point thinking that we might stay in the campground there. As we discovered, it would have cost us $20 just to drive in and look at the park (our $20 would have been given back if we had chosen to stay there) with no assurance that we would have gotten the money back if a.) we didn’t like the park, or b.) they didn’t have room for us. Hummmm.

At 2:35 we were then officially driving east on State Road 6. At 3:35 we pulled into the Hudson River Valley Resort, Marina, & Campground and are now set up for the night. It isn’t a wonderful park, but we are level and the electricity is strong enough for running both the electric hot water heater and the A/C. One MUST have their priorities in the right order after all...and not necessarily believe the word "resort" when used on a place you plan to stay! (Gary R.—John thought we might be in Deliverance but since we didn’t hear any banjos, we think we are OK.)

On a side note of interest (at least to us) we were talking today about a couple that we met while on our way to Alaska in 1997 at a campground just outside of Glacier National Park. We enjoyed meeting them and talking to them the evening we were there, seeing them once again as we drove through Glacier the next day. They were traveling on a motorcycle pulling a small trailer behind them with their (I think) Afgan Wolfhound in a travel cage on the top of their trailer. We exchanged addresses and were in contact with each other off and on for a couple of years, and then nothing else until John and I and the two friends we were traveling with were on a trip driving the Louis and Clark Trail in 2001. As we left the Arch in St. Louis, we saw a bike with a dog cage on the back and sure enough, it was bike of the folks that we had met several years ago. They weren't there but we left a note on their windshield and then we traded emails a few times and after that everyone went on with their lives. To our glad surprise, we heard from them recently and were delighted to hear that they had just completed a big bike trip to the West, this time encompassing over 6,000 miles. They think that one may be their last big bike trip, but figure they have traveled over 350,000 miles through the years on a motorcycle! Wow! And we think that WE travel a lot! I guess we have a ways to go...Congratulations to Bob and Lynn on a job well done!

Please take note of the sign on the tree and remember…no guts, no glory!!

We drove the grand total of 105 miles today.
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Linda & Rick on

Well, I have to say that is one sign that yet to be posted here...yet! But the day is young and we have the Residence Meeting never know. Enjoy!

Bill Painter on

I remember that Milan is pronounce not as me-lon but my-lan. I couldn't figure out where that was for a while when we were up there antiqueing. on

Loving your travelogue. Enjoy your trip!

Sue Painter on

Washing horse poop off your transportation sounds the worst....I can't believe they don't have poop buckets under those horses like the ones in New York. Poor Big Kahuna....

Bob & Lynn on

Thanks for the note about remembering us. We have never forgot the short time we were able to spend with you folks at the camp ground. We were surprised to find the note on the bike in St. Louis, what are the odds in crossing paths like that. We hope you will be able to swing by this way soon. BTW, Hanna the Afghan Hound, came from a breeder in Huron.

Larry & Rhonda on

I remember well the St. Louis Arch on the Louis and Clark trip!
Thought I was going to have to claw my way out of that tiny transport car!
Have a wonderful time & safe travels.

Rita Blair on

I THINK someone wants me to comment on the blog ... :) First ... what a wonderful visual picture and ... ahhhh, the fresh smell of manure ... now THERE'S a "Kodak" moment! Enjoyed the read though and sounds like you are enjoying your travels (other than the side trip to the car wash). Ha! Does this mean you are kind of heading back home in a "round about" way? Bring some of that sunny & dry weather with you as we could use it! More rain this weekend....bah hum bug!

dwlp.travelkids on

Actually, we have just gotten started...and since you know us so well, that should not come as a big surprise!! Wheels on the heels, and all of that!!

Jim Baker on

Have really enjoyed looking at all of your pictures. Ruthie and I spent a few days days in Holmes County, Ohio last November taking in the sights of Amish Country and enjoying the food.

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