We’ve had a lot of rain in the Northwest corner of Ohio this week. . .
and this poor guy somehow pulled into the
pull throughs the wrong way. . .so. . .
instead of being on the gravel pad. . .
he is off in the very soft, rain soaked, saturated grass. . .
buried up to his axles, I’m afraid. . .been there, done that!
Well. . .not exactly THAT. . .but the being stuck part. . .
Feel your pain buddy. . .
but this beautiful little American Goldfinch wasn’t deterred a bit by the rain. . .
he was taking full advantage of the puddles. . .
watching him definitely brightened my day!
another bright spot in our week was driving over to
Historic Ashtabula to meet fellow RV’ers Connie and Bob. . .
they are really great folk, who call Ashtabula home. . .
Bob was a school teacher in the area. . .and they now
have a Travel Agency that they run from their RV. . .
as they travel around the country. . .
We met up at the Harbor Perk. . .isn’t this a glorious looking little
downtown area. . .I wish I could show you more. . .
but with all the cars. . .electric lines. . .and telephone poles,
it just doesn’t translate as to how lovely it really is.
Finally. . .sunshine on Friday. . .so we headed out on a day trip. . .
unless you live in Ohio. . .bet’cha never heard of this one? ? ?
The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is glorious. . .
especially when ya been cooped up all week. . .and cabin fever is setting in!
It encompasses the Ohio and Erie Canal
and has a fabulous hiking/biking trail. . .
originally the tow path used by the mules
which towed the canal boats along the canal. . .
smooth. . .level. . .shaded. . .all the things needed
for out-a-shape. . .older folk. . .
the very first thing we saw as soon as we got started. . .
Mom wasted no time giving instructions to head out. . .
a portion of the Jaite Paper Mill is still standing along the edge of the towpath. . .
the sign says the buildings were torn down due to safety issues. . .
but the machinery is being developed as a future exhibit. . .
I think these are some type of lilies. . .I just loved seeing them,
and knowing that at some point in history someone took the time
to do some beautification of “the ditch” or the Canal. . .
and today, almost a hundred years later. . .
there is still proof of their efforts for me to enjoy.
as we rode northwards on the tow path from Boston, OH. . .
the remains of the Ohio Canal were on our right. . .
and the Cuyahoga River was on our left. . .
there’s the coolest thing along the tow path. . .there are train depots. . .
you can wait at the depot, and for $3 pp they will load your bikes, and take you back to your trailhead. . .
pretty sweet deal. . .that’s what we really wanted to do. . .
but the next Southbound train was not due for another hour and twenty minutes. . .
we decided we could just ride back in that amount of time. . .
yeah. . .remember me mentioning the out of shape part. . .
the last two miles back were grueling. . .
at one point I had to stop just because all the vertebrae in my spine
were stacked right on top of each other and my tail bone
was feelin’ it. . .no matter that I added one of those
extra wide, extra padded, super duper seats. . .nope. . .wasn’t helping a bit. . .
finally. . .after (according to my Map My Ride App) 9.56 miles. . .
I saw this beautiful site. . .originally the General Store and Gas Station at
Boston OH. . .a mill town located along the canal. . .
The building now serves as the Boston Visitor Center and is
staffed by National Park personnel. . .very friendly and helpful folk.
What a wonderful, fabulous day we had touring the
Cuyahoga Valley NP and the Ohio Erie Towpath and Canal Area. . .
My only regret is that I forgot we needed to go see
Brandywine Falls. . .so I’ve included the link so you can see how beautiful it would have been. . .
If you ever visit the park. . .I’m quite sure you should go and see it. . .
Hope you enjoy!
‘til next time,
Janice and Dave