Sometimes you get the bear…
Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
31Trip End Aug 12, 2013
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
Where I stayed
We pulled out of camp at 9:40 this morning and I would confess that we stopped at McDonald’s for breakfast but since that sounds so decadent, I won’t. Our morning was beautiful—blue skies which are always nice. It was another hot one today (high 80’s) but the forecast this weekend is for cooler weather and for the all important humidity to drop, which will be a blessing. It isn’t as humid here as it can and does get at home, but a lower number should make things more pleasant to say the least.
Our route today was once again along the shore of Lake Erie. The road we traveled was the lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail/Great Lakes Circle Tour. We were surprised at the number of vineyards we saw until we remembered what good wine Jim Bob used to bring back to ORA in the winter. Ashtabula was one of the towns we drove through. We could tell that we were out of the highly affluent areas of yesterday but were instead in a nice middle class area. There was the occasional McMansion along the bluff following the shore line, but most houses were smaller and looked as if they had been there for awhile although they were well taken care of.
The wind continued to pick up as we went through the day. Close to Conneaut, Ohio there were even white caps on the lake. There was a very nice city park in Conneaut and we stopped there around 11:00 to look at the view and take a few pictures. We stood up on the high bank/bluff overlooking the lake and were amazed at the size of the beach…and that the beach had been groomed with some type of machine with long boardwalks leading out to the water. There were several people on the beach and the view was lovely. I have tried to include a video today...hope it works!
Crossing into Pennsylvania around 11:30 we purposely stayed on back roads trying to avoid the interstate as much as possible
Leaving Erie we headed toward Chautauqua, NY. Remembering that Doris and Joe had so highly recommended that we get a meal of Walleye, we kept our eyes open as we drove through Erie on the way out of town. John just happened to get a glimpse of a restaurant as we were getting close to the interstate, and immediately pulled to the curb to check it out. The name of the restaurant is George’s and we found out it was listed on Trip Advisor as #37 in the whole town of Erie. Well, we don’t know about any of the other restaurants from first hand observation, but we can testify that George’s really does make a fantastic meal when it comes to preparing Walleye! Since we had just parked along the side of the road to check and see if they served Walleye, we didn’t feel comfortable leaving the RV to go inside to eat
Crossing into New York around 2:30, we continued to enjoy the scenery. The land is rolling and there were lots of hardwood trees amid lovely grassy areas. Getting into Chautauqua around 3:00 we drove past the Chautauqua Institute and then down the road a couple of miles looking for a campground for the next couple of nights. We thought we had found a good one but after over 40 minutes of trying to get level (never happened) we decided we would just make do…and then we tried the electric…bummer. It just wasn’t strong enough to run the A/C and we were afraid it would burn our compressor out, so we had to leave (color us disgruntled at this point) and head out to try once again. I am here to tell you that when you are ready to stop for the evening and then have to struggle to make it work, this isn’t necessarily a good thing! Nonetheless, about three miles down the road we pulled into Camp Prendergast RV Park and have found our home for the next two nights. The site we are on is a new one the owner just recently set up…we are the third person to stay here. We could level without blocks and the power is running the A/C, so we are good to go. As a friend of ours from ORA in Melbourne Beach used to say, "Sometimes you get the bear, and sometimes the bear gets you." All of this is just part of the joy of RVing!
We were finally set up for the night around 5:30 having driven 121 miles today…and probably idled our engine for the equivalent of at least 30 more!