Sunday, July 5, 2015

Seven Days in Ohio (and 3 more to go)

We arrived at Kenisee Lakes last Monday and it has been a really nice week.  We were interested to learn that there are 18 covered bridges in Ashtabula County.  Back in 2010 we visited several covered bridges in Indiana, so we were looking forward to visiting more bridges while we are here. 
 I got a kick out of this.  When we exited I-90 in Austinburg, we saw this on Ohio-45.  I just thought it was funny.  It reminded me of the big rocking chair that Lily Tomlin sat in, on Laugh-In as Edith Ann.
Tuesday we went to Ashtabula.  On the way, Jim had to "herd" some geese out of the road.  Later we got to this Covered Bridge Pizza Parlor and Eatery.  The pizza was grand and the ambiance was wonderful.  The service was great too.  This Pizza Parlor is in an actual covered bridge built in 1862. 
Wednesday we drove over to the small town of Jefferson,
which has beautiful older homes and is quaint.
Here in Ohio, we have seen the prettiest homes, and landscaping that we've seen since we began this trip back in January.  It is amazing how beautiful it is here.

Thursday we decided to go see some of the covered bridges in the county.  We had to get a few things at Wal-Mart in Ashtabula, so after that we drove to see the longest covered bridge in the US.  This bridge was dedicated in 2008 and is 613 feet long and 30 feet wide.
We drove on to the next bridge listed, but it had such a severe down grade, I decided to pass this one by.  We started to drive to the next one, but when we saw this on
on the roadway, we decided to pass on this one too!  We went into a driveway and turned around to leave. 
This isn't an actual covered bridge, but this is on Mill Creek Road on the way back to the campground.  We can drive under it in the car, but for sure, not in the RV!!!
We didn't try to see any more sights that day as traffic was really terrible.  This was the beginning of the July 4th weekend, and there were lots of people on the roads, so we came back to the park.  We stayed home on Friday and Saturday.  They had a short holiday parade here in the park, so we took chairs out to watch it, but it was over in 2 minutes and 15 seconds!  I know because that is the length of the video I took.  Our little dog Millie is fearless, and the fireworks didn't phase her a bit, however poor Willie was terrified by the noise.  It kept up until after 11 pm on both Friday night & Saturday night, and intermittently until after 4 am Sunday morning.  We decided to take the dogs and get away for a while today, so we went out to see more covered bridges.  It was a beautiful day and we had a grand time. 

The last one, on the right, is the shortest covered bridge in the US.  It spans only 18 feet, and is supported by only a single Kingpost and its roof is a Scissor Truss, which gives the bridge a lighter, open feeling.  This bridge includes a toll-keeper booth to remind visitors of pioneer days when travelers often had to pay for the priviledge of crossing the bridge.  This description was taken, in part, from the Official Driving Tour Map for the Covered Bridges, Wineries, and Barn Quilts of Ashtabula County.  
We tried to visit the Old Firehouse Winery in Geneva-by-the-Lake, but being a Sunday, this tourist attraction was overwhelmed with visitors.  We have a couple pix to post, but were not able to park so we didn't get to go inside.  Many visitors came by motorcycle, as you can see.
 These were taken at the Old Firehouse Winery before we left the
area of Geneva-by-the Lake.  We made one last stop at the Old Mill Winery in Geneva.  Jim had a beer called

   the Great Lakes Monster.  It was a pale ale.  He enjoyed it, but said he wouldn't want it again.  I tried a couple sweet wines, and bought two bottles to take with us to NY. 
I hope you will be able to read the Rules of the Bar from the Old Mill Winery.  They were amusing, so I took a picture.
It was a wonderful day, and now I'm glad we are back home to our wheel estate.  We hope you all had a wonderful July 4th weekend.  Enjoy these great United States of America, and keep the rubber side down as you travel.

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