Good morning, my friends, and Hellllllloooooo, Ohio! We had a long drive yesterday...300+ miles. We crossed into Ohio only about halfway through the trip. I'm glad Mike was paying attention because the sign was in the center divider, and I almost missed it. It would have been a tragedy of epic proportions, as you might imagine.
We left Michigan yesterday morning, and continued our eastward trek. We have one more stop heading in the easterly direction, and then we'll be turning the wagons around and heading west again. Of course, no day of driving is complete until one has exercised one's murder mittens. Sadie spent a good part of her morning killing the toy cat Gail brought for them. Gail, Sadie thanks you, and Smitty thanks you. There's nothing like a good killing to start the day off on the right paw.
We didn't see many barns on our way out of town, but a few.
The only thing I have left to say about Michigan is that we crossed over the Zilwaukee Bridge as we passed through Saginaw. Of course, I couldn't photograph it myself, but I found this image on Creative Commons.
(image credit: "File:Zilwaukee-Bridge-September-.jpg" by Myself is licensed under CC BY 2.5.)
It was impressive enough all on its own, but there's a story here that you might enjoy. Click right here to read about its "turbulent history." Before leaving Michigan, we'd passed through Saginaw and Ann Arbor. Reaching Ohio, we passed through Toledo.
We took advantage of the rest stops along the way since most of our drive was over the interstate. There were some pretty blooming things at one stop. I believe these flowers below are hostas, but I really wasn't paying that much attention to the plant. They were nearly bloomed out.
These next clusters of tiny pink guys were only about the size of a quarter from side to side.
And who knows what these are? Are they crabapples? They're only about the size of an olive.
We saw more barns in Ohio. In fact, most of the driving we did in Ohio was through the rural countryside. Once we made our way through Toledo, we saw lots of barns. I only took pictures of a few of them.
When we reached the final stretch of road along Ohio 603, oh my goodness. If we hadn't seen the signs pointing us toward the campground, we wouldn't have believed we were heading in the right direction. We were way out in the sticks, and driving over undulating roads. It might not be obvious from the picture below, but coming over those steep rises was quite a thrill when we couldn't see what was on the other side.
The campground is nothing fancy, but it's quiet and we have plenty of space between us and our neighbors. I'm showing you this satellite image so you can see the surrounding farm land. There's not a whole lot out here. I'm amazed the KOA can make a go of it.
But the most vitally important thing I need to tell you about yesterday is that we added a new state to the side of the RV. It's the first new state we've added since our USA perimeter tour back in 2017.
Okay, so today we'll be exploring Mohican State Park. There are several hikes we'd like to take to see a grist mill and a waterfall. There's another hike labeled "difficult" that will take us out to a covered bridge. We'll first stop in at the visitor center and get calibrated on how difficult the "difficult" trail is. Regardless, we're going to see some good stuff today, and you know I'll be back to tell you all about it.