Day 11 - Clark's Great Escape
Trip Start Aug 28, 2011
38Trip End Oct 01, 2011
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Travelled from Ohio to Pennsylvania
At the beach, the girls found their geocache in short order – which was a good thing because the wind and rain seemed to be pretty much “torrential.” However, as brilliant as I tend to be (catch the sarcasm?), I decided that Clark needed to get his picture taken by Lake Erie. After all, he was quite fond of Lake Michigan
Sad and soggy, we departed Lake Erie without our old friend Clark, and headed back to our “other” friend – Interstate 90 eastbound. As we approached Cleveland, we actually left I-90 for good – after 11 days! We continued on Route I-80, and continued to have to deal with the hassle of toll roads – and the inability to easily get any local food or services while we were travelling. Point in case: Cuyahoga Valley National Park. How many of the folks reading this blog (without Ohio roots) have ever heard of Cuyahoga Valley National Park? Yeah, that’s what I thought
Well, we did eventually find a sandwich – in North Lima, OH. And what a great sandwich it was! One of the things that I miss from living in New England is the ability to walk into a “mom and pop” deli and get a sandwich – all we have on the West Coast are “Subways” and corny boutique sandwich shops. Well, today we stumbled across “North Lima Pizza and Subs” about 2 hours after starting our search for lunch and it was fantastic. The place wasn’t “old school” – it was just old. Good, real subs – the first the girls have ever had, I think. To boot, they got to play a broken pinball machine while we waited for our food – which kept giving them free replays. I felt like I could move there….except for the darn toll road.
Mid-afternoon was approaching fast by the time we left North Lima, and we still had over 200 miles to drive before we would get to Hershey, PA – so we needed to get down to driving, and fast
Anyway, we cruised through the Appalachian Mountains for a few hours, and even went through a few mountain tunnels. I got the impression that the countryside was beautiful – but I don’t really know, as we were socked in with low clouds, and got some intermittent rain. We tried to spice up the drive with the girls by doing a little extra family reading, movie time, and “50 States Q&A.” They also worked on their daily journals.
It was a LONG ride – and it was after 8:00 PM when we finally got off the highway (at Harrisburg) and made our way to Hershey. Fortunately, we’ll have a couple of nights here, followed by a few very short driving days. It was raining really hard when we arrived, and though we did manage to get to our hotel, we found that much of the town of Hershey is under water: yeah, the place decided to have a record-breaking flood just in time for our visit! It’s kind of funny really – well, for me it is, since I don’t live here. If we get rained out tomorrow and can’t see the chocolate factory, we’ll probably check out Gettysburg instead. Meanwhile, some of the hotel employees have to sleep overnight here tonight because they can’t drive home; and a Pizza Hut had to be evacuated by boat because its roof actually went underwater.
Welcome to Pennsylvania!