Well, nearly across Ohio now; having a rest day today (Saturday) at Van Wert, with the usual non-rest activities – washing clothes, shopping etc.
Ohio’s been… Pleasant, I suppose. The riding is easy (temperatures in the 70s F / low 20s C, and there are plenty of towns to slake my thirst and indulge what is fast becoming a serious ice-cream habit). And I’ve been lucky with the wind, which is pretty light.
This is farming country, so the scenery has its limits in terms of stunningness. And when the highest things in the state seem to be farm silos, you’re never going to get the big vistas that you find in the mountains (or anywhere with any hills). I came through a town called Ottoville yesterday, where the school football team (or maybe baseball – what do I know?) is called the ‘Big Green’. An entirely appropriate description of the whole section of Ohio that I’ve seen.
So if the scenery is nice but not inspiring, you have to look to the smaller things. I had a great breakfast yesterday just outside Findlay. On my way in, I encountered four, erm, comfortably-upholstered gentlemen with a combined age of around a quarter of a millenium. We chatted about my ride, and whether I was doing it for charity. One of them claimed that the four of them were fighting anorexia. I had to admit that it was a battle they seemed to be winning. They laughed, thankfully.
And then I got to my campsite last night, and was given a 50% discount because I was by myself. Nice. There were kids riding bikes with cards stuck in the spokes to simulate engine noises. So I got a few minutes of nostalgia – used to do the very same thing a hundred years ago when I was a kid.
And then a beautiful finish to the day. Just as it was getting dark, the area around the tent lit up with a load of fireflies of some sort shaking their little electric booties. To round off a day with something you’ve never seen before is a proper pleasure.
Anyway, enough of Ohio; tomorrow I just need to get about ten miles down the road before I’m in Indiana. Maybe the ‘Bigger Green’ for all I know, but I’ll keep an eye on the small picture as well as the big scenery from now on…
Apols for no pics, by the way. The Big M’s free wifi here is diabolical. Consider yourselves lucky the text is there…
UPDATE – campsite wifi much better than the burger stuff; big green picture should now be visible (and representative, if not inspiring)…
Hi Tim, so good to hear that the temperature, the terrain and the locals all seem much more conducive to a more laid back part of your journey. Must have been wonderful to see those flying solar critters. You have inherited a love of ice cream from the Child’s family, Uncle H is also addicted – not an addiction you can get locked up for! Indiana sounds so American !!! I’m sure you know what I mean. Look forward to the next instalment. xx
Not just all those things; the only deadline is to get out of the US within three months, which should be fairly straightforward. Amazing what that does to your stress levels…
No harm in ice-cream, as long as you’re working it off again 😉