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Trip Home, Day #1

 Posted by at 12:06 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 132019

Note: I have already shared some of our activities while we were in Ohio and the trip there from Florida in previous blog posts. Now I will do several posts telling you a bit about our trip home.

I have to keep reminding myself, with Terry’s help, that we are no longer working on the road and don’t have to be at a rally for a speaking engagement, so there’s no reason not to stop and smell the roses along the way. We tried to do that as much as possible on the trip home, taking several days and sticking to US highways and state routes as much as possible.

When we left the Hampton Inn in Rossford, Ohio, we took US Highway 23 south through some beautiful farmland and charming small towns. We saw several very nice old houses in Fostoria and said it would be cool to have a place like that in Florida. No way do either of us want to live in snow country again!

Marion was home to President Warren G. Harding, and as we drove through town we recalled our visit to his home and tomb there early in our days as fulltime RVers. We sure saw a lot of interesting places in our 18 years on the road!

We stopped for lunch at a subway in Delaware, a small town where everybody seems to know everybody. But I guess it’s that way in most small towns, right? That’s why I love them. You can sit in any small town restaurant in America, and with a bit of casual eavesdropping you will know who just got a new job, who got fired, who is pregnant, and who is cheating on their significant other. Trust me, I ran small town newspapers for much of my working life, and there is plenty of scandal and drama going on in them!

With lunch out of the way we continued south to Columbus, skirting around the city on the Interstate 270 bypass, and within a couple of hours we were crossing the Ohio River into West Virginia. It was starting to get dark by then so Terry took the wheel about an hour out of Charleston.

I have a love/hate relationship with West Virginia. Singer John Denver was right in praising its scenic beauty, but those country roads he sang about really suck sometimes. And even their interstates leave a lot to be desired in some areas.

We spent the night at Hampton Inn in Charleston, walking across the parking lot to a Quaker Steak and Lube, a small restaurant chain with a racing theme, for dinner. There were a couple of race cars hanging off the ceiling and lots of racing signs and such. The food was very good and our server was excellent.

It had turned cold while we were in Ohio, and the cold front seemed to be following us south. We were sure glad we brought sweatshirts and jackets along for the trip! With just over 300 miles under our belts for the day, we were ready for bed and new adventures the next day.

Thought For The Day – People who wonder if the glass is half empty or half full miss the point. The glass is refillable.

Veterans Day

 Posted by at 8:22 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 112019

In yesterday’s blog I said that today I would talk about our return trip from Ohio to Florida. But instead, I want to share some thoughts on veterans and Veterans Day. My family has a long tradition of military service. At least two great grandfathers that I know of were in the Civil War. Yes, […]

Road Trip Day #3

 Posted by at 8:51 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 102019

Note: This is the last of three installments about our trip to Ohio. When we were going through the Smoky Mountains the day before, the tire pressure monitor on Terry’s Chrysler Pacifica kept alerting to two low tires. Low as in 34 pounds instead of the suggested 36 pounds. Not enough to worry about much, […]

Road Trip Day #2

 Posted by at 12:00 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 092019

Note: This is the second of three installments about our trip from Florida to Ohio. After a comfortable night at the Hampton Inn in Athens, Georgia, we took U.S. Highway 441 north, passing through a several small towns and some very pretty countryside. The further north we went, the more the terrain changed, first to […]

Road Trip Day #1

 Posted by at 12:22 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 082019

I have already shared some of our activities while we were in Ohio in previous blog posts but I thought I’d tell you a bit about our trip there in a couple of posts. We left Edgewater, Florida on Sunday, October 27, and took Interstate 95 north to Jacksonville, where we picked up U.S. Highway […]

Trip Q&A

 Posted by at 12:06 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 062019

I have received quite a few questions about our trip to Ohio and thought I’d answer a few of them in today’s blog. Q. Why did you wait until it got cold up north to go up there instead of making the trip earlier in the year when it was so hot in Florida? A. […]

Nov 052019

There are some people who come into our lives and stay a while before moving on, and over time they become no more than a faint memory. And there are others who make an impact that lasts forever. One of those people is a man named Gary Chandler. Gary’s grandparents were good friends of my […]

More Toledo Memories

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 042019

In a blog post the other day I wrote about how much the area I lived in during my teen years in Toledo, the Old South End, had gown downhill. That wasn’t entirely true. There are some homeowners who still have pride in their properties and work hard to maintain them, like these places. Blue […]