City. This town is actually just a Holiday Inn.
Montpelier. Very quiet place with a whole bunch of
tattooed residents and zero public playgrounds. The people must
prefer ink to swing sets.
Fulton Co. (2004)
Passed through quickly along
Shocknessy Turnpike a couple times. Driving hell.
Lucas Co. (2004)
A very impressive art museum for such a very average small
Midwestern city. Who would've expected a Rembrandt in Toledo?
Like Cleveland, I saw a large homeless population here around
the art museum.
Wood Co. (2004)
Perrysburg A depressing sprawl of shopping centers,
parking lots, and cheap motels. I was there for the cheap
motels. Strange mixture of Canadian and Michigan fast food
Ottawa Co. (2004)
A nice drive
through the countryside here in the summer along Lake Erie.
Port Clinton. Visited during the Walleye Festival and
enjoyed the carnival and fried perch sandwiches. The fish
sandwiches matched the smells of the city. Seemed like a nice
little city. Outside the city, we visited African Wildlife
Safari drive through zoo and had my van covered with buffalo
spit, much to the delight of the toddler in the backseat.
Catawba Island. Lakeshore town with ferries to
and views of Put-in-bay. The downtown is dominated by the ferry
parking lots, but I did enjoy the lakeshore drive on Sand Road.
Crane Creek SP. A beach with a view of Michigan and
islands across the lake. Ottawa NWR. A handsome
collection of lakeside swamps and wetlands that, when I visited
in June, were inhabited by cranes. A very pleasant place to
birdwatch for sure.
Sandusky Co. (2004)
This larger town was home to President Hayes. His estate was
quite large and extra-ordinary for the neighborhood of modest
homes where it is located. It is a decent walk for a weary
traveler. The carefully manicured lawn is set amongst trees, each named for a supporter of
Hayes' library. He is buried here.
Erie Co. (2004)
Sandusky. Huron. Ruggles Beach. A
small town in whose pleasant city park I first saw Lk Erie on a foggy day. Vermilion.
Lorain Co. (2004)
Lorain. Amherst. Stayed
here overnight while on way east. It is one of those Interstate towns. I could sense a
hint of suburb. Went to a local bar to eat, but couldn't find a
place to settle in and
instead ate some pizza and waited for the morning. I got to say
that I definitely did not fit in here.
Cuyahoga Co. (2004)
Cleveland. This large
city has a dense downtown area and an interesting warehouse district. I did
note that homeless people slept anywhere and everywhere in a way
I had never seen before. Visited the city museum/park complex on
the east side and enjoyed an excellent art museum. Saw the
magnificent grave of President Garfield and John D. Rockefeller.
The city's layout reminded me of St. Louis. There seemed to be a
lot to do here and seemed to be a city that is not afraid of
Lake Co. (2004)
Mentor. North Perry. A
nice stretch of forested road lies near here.
Ashtabula Co. (2004)
There are some nice views along
the shoulders of US-20. Geneva. Ashtabula.
Harrison Co. (2005)
This part of Ohio unfairly has a bad rep.
Harrison. Where I first heard a Southern Ohio accent. Cincinatti.
This Southern city was much nicer and about the best thing in Ohio that I have
ever found. The riverfront along the Ohio River had some nice views and it is possible to
cross the river via the Purple People Bridge to relax at the entertainment district in
Newport. Cincy was a very relaxed and friendly town with a nice zoo, a beautiful baseball
stadium, clean parks, and a million uses for chili. Visited Taft
House in the inner-city Mount Auburn neighborhood.
Summit Co. (2006)
Cuyahoga Valley NP. Passed through
the valleys and thick, tangled forests. The park is
sprinkled with historic buildings and mills and such. It
is probably a great spot for biking due to its hills and
through a few times along the Ohio Turnpike.
This is a
stupendous site. A valley that widens as you ride doen the road.
The valley is lined by two ridges and makes quite an impression.
through a few times along I-70 on the way home from the East