Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
300Trip End Nov 04, 2008
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Where I stayed
Mohican Campground - $25, excellent utilities
Once we moved away from the camp fire and entered the tent we realised that our sleeping bags and other equipment would not be sufficient for the temperature that would hit us. We put extra layers of clothing and slept with socks, wooly hat and socks, but even with those precautions we were shivering most of the night...
When we woke up in the morning (desperately looking for sun rays to warm up) we found all the grass was slightly white so the temperature probably went under zero degrees at some point. In any case we survived, but we have noted down that we need a better sleeping bag or to avoid camping some of the colder nights.
The animals are obviously prepared for the climate, and we had a laugh last night when we packed everything in the car boot but forgot the rubbish bag under the table next to the tent
Anyway, we had a good hot shower (the installations in the campground are superb) and went for a long hike along the Northern Rim Trail which starts in the campground. It is obvious autumn is creeping in slowly and the leaves are falling all over, with trees starting to change colours. In a couple of weeks this will be an excellent vision.
The place is so relaxing that we have decided to stay another night, but we checked on availability of a cabin in the campground and given its a weekday were lucky enough to get one. They cost $53 per night but are certainly worth the money as they come with fridge, microwave and a lovely heater (one of those with a fake fire making the room very cosy). It certainly beats a motel and is slightly cheaper, so we will be looking out for these along the way.
We visited the Loudonville Public Library to do some interneting, and found a wonderful place. Its a mix of kindergarten, library and computer lab (even has a coffee shop and meeting rooms for village folk). You can see that parents are happy to drop their kids off at the library where they can run around, use computers, play around...exactly what public funds should be used in. Most importantly the staff are friendly and love children. We have rated this as the best public library in USA (for the time being) in comparison to all the others.
Funnily enough, one of the staff ladies asked us where we were from, and when she heard we were European could not resist calling her daughter to meet us tomorrow. Her daughter has travelled around Europe and will take us round to see the Belleville Fair on Friday. They even offered their house for us to stay at in Mansfield although we will probably check in at a motel as we fell this will be too much (although we have been told that the hospitality around some of the central states of US is very warm).
Cheerio for now.