Oooh, a whole new state. Behold pilgrims...OHIO. That's what happens when you spend 13 hours on a bus and change twice and mix in a few interesting people and more interesting haircuts. Not so worried about mine anymore! There was a pretty amazing storm on this bus journey at sunset, with proper fork lightening. And as it illuminated the landscape, so it illuminated my mind: I was in tornado alley...in tornado season. Bugger!
Sleeping in a hotel for the next few nights as hostels in America are in short supply once you leave either edge (Coast? I don't know!) But it gave me the chance to do a little laundry, recover from the bus journey and, oh th luxury, curtains
My main reason for coming to Cincinnati was to visit 'The World's Sexiest Zoo', so called because of its successful breeding programmes. So that's what I did. Bit gutted. There was not one sign or gift shop item which referred to this claim, which I would have gladly snapped up. Well, it was definitely the world's sexiest zoo whilst I was there, arf arf! Soooo disappointed....NOT! It was awesome. Bloody hot but that's not the zoos fault. Again ,I wanted it to be rubbish so I could say, 'Paignton is better'. Paignton may be bigger but the selection of animals at 'The World's Sexiest Zoo' (I should so do their PR) was better. Had a great view of the city from the us, particularly as we drove through the historic Mount Adams. I was supposed to get out and wander. I was too hot. Lovely houses though.
I headed into the City Centre again, or downtown as one says in the States, to Fountain Square. Fancied an ice-cream so I treated myself to the
ice-cream: a h-uge banana split. Dinner is served! Sat down to eat it when what should start up but a Salsa band. Turns out there's live music there every night. The band was really good and everyone got up and started dancing. Even me. Well, I had an ice-cream dinner to burn off. As the sun set glinted off the surrounding picturesque office blocks, it was one of those absolutely perfect holiday moments.
Two thumbs up Cincinnati. Jerry, Jerry, Jerry!