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RELEASED FROM THE HOCKING HILLS OF APPALACHIAN SE OHIO

Today, the stars are in alignment to allow my release.

semi-overcast 72 °F

The 'Moment of Truth' came this morning (Monday) when I called the Ford Dealer's Service Dept. "Your car will be ready at 3:00 today", they said. It was music to my ears, I thought. I had to put pressure on my Insurance Co. this morning to get results for payment of the claims. After spending a half hour on the phone getting transferred numerous times with the answering machines I finally got to a person, then a Supervisor. Pleading my case and threatening to file a complaint with the OH Commissioner of Insurance got results. Within 30 minutes I received a call saying all repair charges and rental car fees would be paid today and both parties would be notified within the hour. Amazing, just amazing!

The downside is that I have to spend another night at Lake Snowden RV Campground. I will leave the first thing tomorrow morning refreshed and ready to drive north to Arlington, OH to visit old friends. The unexpected two week visit to SE Ohio has caused me to re-evaluate my travel plans. Without getting too specific I may forego Upper Michigan and go west to Wisconsin, then on to Minnesota, and hopefully the Dakotas, North & South before I head in a southerly direction for the winter. I have a meeting commitment in NY on Aug. 3rd so have to fly there. A visit to see the kids and grandkids is included in this trip. My thinking is to fly from Minneapolis/St.Paul to Albany. I have about 23 days in which to tour the capitols of MI, WI, and MN with visits with several friends along the way. More on that later.

Tuesday--Up at my usual time (0530), perked my coffee, I then laid out my plan for the day. Before leaving the campsite I filled the fresh water tank (80 gal.), dumped the waste water, hooked up the car and headed north, finally. Not 30 minutes up the road I lost my passenger side mirror glass. Not a good thing to have happen! With only a side camera to depend on to change lanes I was basically blind on the right side of the coach and I was heading for Columbus and the busy highways there. Fortunately, I managed and in the process I called the factory where I purchased the MH a year ago. They said they would 'Overnight' UPS a new mirror to Arlington, OH, my destination today. What wonderful service.

Leaving Athens County in SE Ohio, with its rolling Hocking Hills and witnessing the transformation of the topography as I traveled north through Columbus was amazing. The land flattened out and what I saw were vast farmlands with crops of corn, soybeans, etc. Thousands of acres. When I arrived in Hancock County (NW Ohio) where my friends live, the land is as flat as a table top. The Crates Family Homestead, now operated by the 3 brothers, farms 1,000 acres of crops along with owning 4 very busy funeral homes in Findlay, Arlington, Kenton, and North Baltimore. Two of the brothers, Larry and Charles, graduated with me from the same mortuary college (Cincinnati) many years ago. Larry, his wife Rindy and I have remained close friends for over 50 years. They have two daughters, Mandy, married with a small family and Katie, married with a small family. Mandy, a licensed FD, works in their business as Administrative Manager. She is a 'high energy' type like her father and has an MBA. Her sister Katie is an attorney and recently resigned her position at a Columbus law firm with its grueling 7 day-a-week pace to accept a position as a Law Professor at Ohio Northern University in Ada, OH, about 15 miles south of Arlington. Larry & I (Rindy had another obligation) went to dinner in Ada last evening at a little Italian restaurant located in an old armory building (circa. 1930's). Quaint with good food. Lasagna was the special of the night. Returning about 10:00 pm I went into my MH quarters for the night. I am parked in their driveway. We never seem to have enough time to 'catch-up' in our conversations. One night, in times past, we talked the night through to see the sun rise in the morning! Neither of us could believe it at the time. I will await the arrival of the mirror, get it installed, and will be on my way to Michigan.

Posted by dixter 04:09 Archived in USA Tagged the on again road

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