Ohio: Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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… mais la route

On a traversé plusieurs états déjà … de NY à Chicago : La Pennsylvannie a été longue à traverser hier.

Mais le soir on a eu notre récompense. Le camping était vraiment joliment situé sur la Cayohuga River avec sa belle chute d’eau. L’herbe était tout fraîchement fauchée et on a monté la tente en un rien de temps.

Et puis comme toujours le plaisir du feu! Ce matin encore je faisais le petit Turkish …

Puis une bonne petite randonnée pour commencer la matinée. Silly Squirrel et Blue Coyote semblaient prendre plaisir à chaque détail : les fougères, les champignons, les fleurs … tout était prétexte à faire une belle photo!

Pendant ce temps, Cactus Killer devait se fatiguer, marcher et marcher vite pour se sentir libre!

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A white bread town…

When we got to the Cuyahoga Valley we realized we had no bread. Not a big deal, right? We could just pick some up at a store before we got to the park…

Who knew we were embarking on a quest for the impossible…

Driving to the center of the town, we passed a few lone motels and headed to what looked like the main crossroad. We chose a direction and made our turn. But instead of supercenters or even strip malls, we found ourselves on a sad street of small industry. Little factories and businesses lined the road. 3 out of every 4 were “available for lease” or “for sale”. The entire business district was almost abandoned. Not quite a ghost town, but far from a healthy economy.

We made a u-turn and took the opposite direction. But no better luck in our search for a grocery store that way… Just a cople of churches and a gun store… Eventually we found an odd kind of convienence store/liquor store/lotto store combo where we were able to buy Wonder Bread…

The store owner seemed tired.. no pleasantries in this rust belt town drained of energy and hope… only desperation and fear — the churches and the gun shop…

And yet… the little houses we drove past were well-kept. Proudly decorated and landscaped with bright flowers and outdoor furniture… nicely manicured lans and kitschy lawn ornaments… The small town pride that keeps hope alive despite the bleakest of outlooks…

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On the road… Day One…

We finally got on the road early in the morning (though not as early as we would have liked) and the driving started out pretty smooth. The first day was a long long drive day. From New York to Ohio…

We were in PA before 9am, but Pennsylvania is a much bigger state than I imagined… and we hit some construction along the way, as well as some torrential downpours that made it almost impossible to see the vehicle in front of me…

But we made it into Ohio close enough to schedule… There was only one problem… by the time we got to Ohio skies were grey and rain was steady and heavy. Our first thought was that we would have to spend Day 1 in a hotel instead of our campsite! And that wouldn’t really be a great way to start the journey….

About 3 exits before the Cuyahoga Valley, as we were discussing our options, the skies began to clear… we would be able to camp afterall…

Made it to our site by about 6:30pm… very happy to be there! And our great reward was that we actually SAW A REAL BEAVER!!!!

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