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Trip Start Apr 28, 2009
Trip End Jul 03, 2009

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

I'll post two of these in a row - I wrote them when we were out of internet range - which seems to be most of the time, as we are seeking rural areas and staying away from interstates (southern Ohio and northern Kentucky are just like us in that regard...)

April 30th, Wolf Run State Park near Caldwell, OH

A beautiful ride today, mostly on interstates, west through the Maryland panhandle and northern West Virginia. Just a beautiful mix of spring woods and green green fields, jagged hills and narrow valleys. We stopped in the college town of Frostburg (where I posted the last blog from a little cafe that we stopped at for coffee and stayed for lunch.) At one point in WV we decided to shun-pike, but the state route we started up was SO windy and narrow (and we would have been on it for 30 miles) that we gave up and backtracked to the highway. So much for country roads! The cloudy day grew warmer (back to T-shirts) and more humid, and we came through a couple of hard rain showers. Crossed the Ohio River into Ohio at Marietta (in one of those rains) and poked around the town some, where many streets are paved in bricks - beautiful big old homes on tree lined streets, Marietta College, and lots of Methodist and Lutheran churches.

We have decided to have a more leisurely time in southern Ohio and Kentucky, and are not going to try to take in any of southern Indiana. We had wanted to go to Bloomington, where Skip and Marilyn met while at grad school, but we'll do that another time. Ridge sent us his daughter's phone number to contact when we are in Berea in a couple of days. We will definitely do that. We are hoping that the weather will improve before long - it has been pretty grey and wet so far.

Campgrounds yield some interesting conversations - this evening with a guy from Virginia who is by himself in a HUGE rig, towing a jeep, with a bike - he is retired and his wife is still working so he takes off on these jaunts including weekend "Samborees" which are events sponsored by Sam's Clubs where RV owners gather with entertainment and I don't know exactly what else. (I can't tell you what Sam's Clubs ARE either, and I don't have internet access at the moment, so you'll have to look it up yourself. I have heard of them, but that is about as far as it goes.) Everyone is very friendly, all the park staff and the campers, and everyone loves to chat. As do we! It seems a lot of campgrounds have "pet friendly" areas which would probably be a bit of a zoo in the summer, but at the moment, no problem.

I think that's it for this installment.....
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ajvermont on

Am enjoying your trip almost as much as if I were tagging along in person.
Marietta was founded by my 4th great grandfather, Gen Rufus Putnam of the the Salem, Mass Putnams. The first church in Marietta was the Congregational Church founded by the Massachusetts ex-pats. I intend to make my own trip there sometime in the relatively new future as I am researching more early family history.
Carry on!

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