|Sideling Hill Rest Area, MD|
We took off Friday the thirteenth at 3:30 but I still had to stop at the grocery store for a few items and get propane. It never ceases to amaze me at how much time it takes to pack up the van and I still forgot the battery charger for the camera. This time, I made a list on my phone app (ToMarket) for all that stuff and it got added on - a little late. So we actually left the area at 4:30. Made it to Belle Vernon, PA. I was aiming for a northern route this time to escape the bulls-eye of 100+ heat centered in Kansas. Took US40 once it veered off from I68 in western MD. Pretty drive. I found a Walmart with a lot backing up to a wooded area with plenty of poisen ivy visible. For once, I was the only overnighter. The store manager was nice. It was blissfully cool with my fan running and quiet despite being Friday night.
|Lake Tappan, OH on US250|
We passed thru Mt. Eaton in the center of Amish country in OH. I stopped for their homemade ice cream. It just might be the best ice cream in the country. Amazing what real food with no junk added in tastes like. We passed many a horse-drawn buggy filled with Amish families almost spilling out the sides. We stopped for a dog break and saw a man in a field with a team of horses pulling a spinning cutting machine very like a huge reel mower. Lots of fields with hand piled haystacks. It is interesting to see the old way of farming in action. Sort of a living history.
|Amish cutting hay on US250 in OH|
Once we hit US30, we headed west across the flat northeastern OH and into Indiana. We reached Huntington, IN in the evening near dark. After a bit of a drive around finding the Walmart and not really wanting to sleep all night with the generator on to run the AC and thinking of finding another reservoir for the dog to have a good swim in the morning, I searched the map and the Garmin and settled on trying for a camp about 5 miles south of town on a reservoir. We found the Kil-So-Quah Army Corps of Engineers campground. Nice level sites, some shaded, roomy and more than half empty. $8 non-electric, $10 electric on the honor system. No camp host to jack up the costs to the campers. Score!! I got electric and had AC.
On Sunday morning, I realized my new refrigerator wasn't cooling. Grrrr. Feeling cursed about RV refrigerators, I got out my tools and pulled the refrigerator to see if the computer control unit had worked loose or something like that. It turned out to be a whole lot harder than it should have been becuase the trim I made had the nut break its spikes into the wood so turning the screw just spun. I couldn't get to the nut either. I finally just pulled and tore it loose. That's one trick that only worked because of the crummy particle board cores. Once I got it out, the computer unit looked fine, all the connections were good. I got out my manual for it and tried the troubleshooting to no avail. I lost 3 hours struggling with it. I admitted defeat and stopped for ice to keep the food cold enough to survive.
Indiana has more hills than western OH or Illinois but it gets flatter as it turns into IL. IL is a very flat state. About the only terrain is the Illinois river and the at the edge for the Mighty Miss.
I'm going to post this and finish up the trip in the next post.