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Day 31: Ohio is big

Location: Milan, IN

Miles Driven: ~610

Total Miles: 6,251

New York is a big state, and I lived there for 26 years, but I don’t think I realized how big it was until this trip.  Coming from the Northeastern border to the border with Western PA and OH took quite a while.  Although I got a late start on the day, I made it into Ohio by early afternoon.  Once I crossed the border, I couldn’t help but play one of my favorite songs:

I was just east of Cleveland when I hit up a rest stop to take a break and got some exercise.  By the time I was done, it was 5PM.  I looked at the map and realized Ohio is another deceptively big state.  If I wanted to make it inside the Indiana border before it was too late, I’d have to get moving.  As you can see from the miles covered above, I certainly got moving and far too late into the night (most miles in one day so far on this journey).

It was close to rush hour so I tried to avoid the Cleveland traffic as much as possible, though I was somewhat drawn to seeing the Lebron James “We are all witnesses” giant poster.  Not being a big enough draw for me, I headed south towards Akron before hitting the city.  And you know, I can’t mention Cleveland here without showing one of the greatest city promotional videos of all time:

I’ll have to return to Cleveland sometime to see both of their buildings.

Thanks to my buddy Matt for a recommendation to get a burger from Swenson’s Drive-In in Akron.  Great burger…not sure if it’s deserving of the advertised “Best Burgers in the US” label, but it was definitely tasty.  Great shakes, too.

Continued in a southwest direction from there, eventually crossing the Indiana border late in the night.  Didn’t take many photos of note during the drive, but I was happy to make big progress on this portion of the trip.  I was thinking of pulling out the camera late at night in Indiana farm country to catch some stars, but a waning gibbous moon was a bit too prominent in the night sky.  No worries.  By the time I’m out in the desert, the light from the moon will not be a factor, and I’ll be sure to catch a large amount of stars.


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  1. Reva Barno
    June 30, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Hey, I don’t know anything about Ohio, but I’m pleased you spent time in Burlington. My daughter Barb lived in S Burlington for three 1/2 yrs. sub-contracting
    at IBM. Also, many years ago when the kids were preschool we took that ferry from NY to VT for a few hours. We also visited Ausable Chasm later. Your photos are a delight. Thanks for hooking me up to this voyeurism.

    • July 1, 2010 at 6:11 pm

      Thanks, Mrs. B. Glad you are keeping up with the site, and good to know someone else who’s seen “The Grand Canyon of the East.”

  2. John
    June 30, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Joe did you find the restuarant in South Bend that was on your favorite kitchen show!!! I was in LA this week. Just got back home. The kids are in Texas. Mary interviewed with HISD and she should hear Friday if she got the job. Mike is up with my brother in law in Junction TX, (yes, from the Junction Boys of Bear Bryant fame) So its me and Donna and the dogs here in ATL.

    Let me know when you are going to be in Colorado and I will give my brother a heads up. I might have a replenishment of trail mix there for you.

    • July 1, 2010 at 6:12 pm

      Total bummer, that restaurant “J. Willys” featured on Kitchen Nightmares went under. Tell Donna and the dogs hello for me…hope Mary hears some good news tomorrow. Did she apply for any jobs in the Marietta area?

      Also, you probably will chastise me for this, but who is Bear Bryant?

  3. July 1, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    I listened to the National cd about 10 times on my roadtrip haha, nice!

    • July 2, 2010 at 1:36 am

      Incredible band!

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