Leaving Dayton at 6:30 yesterday, we drove for a couple hours in the typical fog that seems to enshroud the Midwest every morning until about 9:00. Three cars in a group on the secondary roads, two cars on the Interstate, and we aren’t sure which way Jack and Don went (they decided to make a beeline for PA).
The first two groups stopped in Newark, Ohio and checked out the Longaberger Basket Building (neat). Our group (Bob and Pat, John and Judy, and Will) then went on to Holmes County, Ohio to tour through Amish country. We had fresh homemade pie in Charm and stumbled onto a steam power show just outside of Charm where they were using the old steam traction engines to thresh, run a sawmill and generally smoke up the countryside with coal smoke. We stopped, walked around, took a bunch of pictures, and had some home made ice cream made on site with a John Deere stationary engine. We then pressed on to Mt. Hope and Lehmann’s Hardware store and the Lone Star Quilt shop. Holmes County is just a neat place, lots of buggies on the road, manicured farms, and life going on at a different pace from another time.
Our group of three ended up in Weirton WV, and we think Dave and Susan J. stayed in Greensberg, PA, and Ted and Susan K. in Wheeling, WV. We couldn’t raise Jack and Don last night. We will be completely scattered for the rest of the way into Mansfield, MA. From here on in, all the cars will be traveling alone, because we all seem to have different places to go and people to see. We will stay in touch with cell phones and emails and try to keep the blog up to date.
Last night, Pat and I went to a dinner with family and when we came out to leave found we had no lights and a booming thunderstorm bearing down on us. A few probes with the test light showed no power to the switch box. I think a wire has parted inside the wiring loom, power goes in one end of the wire and doesn't come out the other end. (We drove on some rough stretches of highway yesterday where each seam was a heck of a jolt to the suspension.) Dug out my last alligator jumper and lit the headlights (just as it started to pour down rain) and used my flashers for taillights to get back to our lodging.