Dear Ohio, It’s Not You, It’s Us (OK, It’s a Little Bit You)

14 Oct
2011
Posted in: Ohio, Schedule
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Look, you’re a great state.  Everybody knows that.  You have three cities that start with the same letter — C — that’s amazing.  And it confuses everybody.  Cleveland rocks, Cincinnati has chili (with cinnamon, another C!), and Columbus … well Columbus has a Honda campus on the edge of its sprawl.  Er, wait. Don’t they all have the chili?  Columbus rocks too, right?  I can’t keep them straight.

I’m sorry to tell you this.  We’re just not going to drive through you for a while.  We can’t do it again.  It’s time for a change.

Maine: that’s out for now.  Thanksgiving?  Not sure we’ll be in Wisconsin.  Christmas?  Who knows! Forecasts suck — they’re always wrong.  We’re changing things up.  Winter in Florida?  Maybe not.

Skyline Chili - 3 Way
Creative Commons License photo credit: Mini D | Dammit, I still want this.

You’re just too damn wide.  Some people like that.  Lots of people.  But it’s not for us.  We’ll be back, I’m sure.  Maybe.  Or we’ll put you on the shit-list with Oklahoma.  Whichever.  But for now, forget about us. It’s over.  I’m sorry it had to end this way.  The zig-zag plan is done.  We’re not stopping in Cleveland again. Keep your 90-degree interstate corners and your toll roads.  We don’t want ‘em.  But we’ll always remember your cheap gas.

  • Pat Foltz

    Hi Guys:  I just drove from Madison to Boston and back.  Alone!  It took two days.  I agree Ohio is flat and boring.  But, I have to say that they have the best rest areas in  any turnpike system.  They even have separate areas  for motor homes and overnight camping.  If you think Ohio is wide, try Pennsylvania.  It takes longer, but I have to say that I-80 is a beautiful drive.  Mountainous (by east coast standards, unless you are in NH or VT.) and very forested.  In 7 hours of driving I never even saw a town. 
          Best of luck on your journey!  What a great way to spend a year.  We’re jealous.  We will look forward to reading your blog.   Safe travels.  Pat and Steve