Saturday, April 20, 2019

An Adventure in Ohio

Saturday, April 20, 2019 (still playing catch up with the blog)

We are presently sitting in the Stinger "B" listening to the rain coming down and when I say rain I mean RAIN! It has been coming down since last night. I think there is a river next to us instead of a road. I am really feeling sorry for all the "weekend warriors" parked here with families and dogs. The temperature says 42 degrees with a real feel of 30 and it looks like this is the way the whole day will be. We thought we would be spending the day with family but now we have "sprung" a drip by the TV in the front of the mortorhome. We knew the roof was going to be an issue soon and it was on the agenda for this summer. Hopefully we do not get to much more rain and the drip stays just that a small drip. It looks like there may be some sun tomorrow with a high of 61 degrees and we are hoping the weather predictors are right. In the meantime Happy Saturday!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

We did not leave the Stinger "B" today. Well I did not, Tom did go and do jeans at the laundry here at the park and he had to go out and dump grey a couple of times as I was doing wash.  The rain started during the night and lasted through pretty much the whole day. It really was a relaxing type of day. The type of day we needed.

Monday, April 15, 2019

We left the park around 11:00 which was checkout. The "plan", and there is a pattern here, was to travel about 96 miles to a RV Park near Pioneer, Ohio with full hookups and enjoy a few days to just sit and relax. A FYI to us: never leave a RV Park with less then a third of a tank of fresh water even if our next destination is a RV Park with full hookups.
Before getting on the road today Tom drove the Stinger "B" over to the Walmart. I left ahead of him as I wanted to pick up a couple of things at the Dollar Tree and then had a few things I wanted to get at  Walmart. Honestly, I was looking forward to getting to the next park and not go any where . We hooked up the Jeep at Walmart and were on our way about 12:30.

Our spot at the KOA and the daffodils at the exit.
We left this morning under a cloud filled sky.

After leaving Walmart we took I -75 South back one exit.
Then we were on US-33  heading West
under blue skies filled with white fluffy clouds. 

After about 12 miles we turned north on US 127.

This is decent two lane highway.

Though, there are no shoulders and it is well traveled.

We are traveling in rural America and 

I believe the pictures convey just that.

It was a pleasant ride for this passenger

but the wind hitting us on the side kept Tom pretty busy.

We are passing through Van Wert.

The front facade of this bank in no way matched the rest of the building.
You can see that on the left which is what it looked like on the right, also.

We went by some beautiful old homes.

Not far and we passed a large wind turbine "farm".

Then we were driving through Paulding.

I am thinking good advice for all of us.

I did not get the name but what is not to like about a town with a
Pizza Place called Red Angel and a Dairy Queen.

Then we went through Bryan for the first time.
I loved the coffee cup on the Diner sign.

Then just about to today's destination we turned on to US 20.
We could see the water in the fields and then we saw the sign for the Park.

Once we turned into the road to the Park we could see all the lovely green grass ahead. We stopped at the gate and Tom walked ahead. All I could see was green grass and the road into the camping area. Now the gentleman told Tom, on the phone when he called ahead on Sunday, that they were not yet open for the season but he had a site we could pull into that would work for us. When we got there he did say when he made the offer it was dry and they had gotten about an inch of rain the night before. They took his car to the site and his car tires sank a little in the grass and Tom said walking on the grass was very squishy. Okay I am sorry but why did it not say in the description of the RV Park that they were grass sites. Why did he not mention this when Tom told him what our rig was. There was no way we could have stayed there even if they had not gotten rain the night before. Maybe later in the year but pull a 13 ton RV onto grass in the Spring we are not that brave. So after he got done saying he was sorry he could not accommodate us, he seemed nice and  genuinely sorry, we pulled over and I made two calls to two different Walmart's. One 30 miles further on. The woman on the phone explained to me they did not allow overnight parking which is why there are signs posted saying so. The way she said it implied I could not read. I could not help myself I told her from 30 miles away I could not read the signs real well and she actually said well that is what they say. I just hung up. The second one back in Bryan said the usual just park out at the edge of the lot. So we back tracked 14 miles to the Walmart in Bryan. Side note: sometimes things just work out there was a Mexican Restaurant across the highway and their Margaritas during Happy Hour are buy one get one free. 
Of course having the water run out before brushing our teeth in the morning, the reason for the FYI above, was not great but we did have drinking water in gallons on board so we made do. Some days are just like that and learning to go with the flow does help. Besides we have tented on Lake Superior and now we have a kitchen, fridge, stove, dining room, living room, bedroom, bathroom, and furnace so a little water shortage is no big deal. It is just part of the adventure.

Glad you stopped by hope you enjoyed today's blog and pictures.
If you have a moment to leave a comment we would enjoy hearing from you.


  1. We always carry some water usually at least 1/2 a tank. Even checking into a campground we have found sorry our water is shut off for repairs, and even sometimes when staying at a park that happens as well. Like you we do not want to park on a grass site this early in the season , We already got tuck once this year in Oklahoma, because of a heavy rain. Keep enjoying you time there.

    1. Thank you.
      We remember reading about when you got stuck. Luckily you had good people around to help get out.
      I am not sure why we left the KOA without adding water, since, we had talked about it. I do not think we will forget to do so again.