View from our hike near Beauregard-Baret, France.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Saint-Côme-et-Maruéjols, France.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Towards Andorra.

Friday, September 9, 2011

New Philadelphia, Ohio

On the road early again yesterday morning, and managed to do another 235 miles (376 kms). Mostly on backroads again, but did do a little bit on the Interstate.

The first part of the drive was through Allegheny National Forest. It's a really pretty area, although Ruth didn't take any pictures on the way through. Too busy playing with her new MS Streets and Trips GPS, I guess! We would like to go back to this forest at some point. It looks like there are lots of trails, and lots of spots to pull off and do some free camping.

Then it was on to the Interstate.

Typical Interstate

A nice view of the town of Emlenton, PA from the I-80

Part of our driving plan was to avoid the congestion between Youngston, OH and Pittsburg, PA. We did a pretty good job of that! We didn't know where we were stopping for the night, and we had to do some groceries anyhow so we found a Walmart at New Philadelphia, Ohio and by then it was around 5:00pm so decided to stay the night. Again, there were lots of signs saying no campers, but we went in and asked and they pointed us to a corner where they said we would be fine. And we slept okay, except Whiskey had a bit of a coughing fit and that kept us up a while. She seems better this morning.

Headed for a Harvest Hosts winery tonight, but it's going to be a 300 mile day around Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, most of it on the Interstate. Oh well, we'll be able to relax for a while when we arrive at Sam and Donna's on Saturday afternoon.

Thursday's drive, 235 miles (376 kms)


  1. The lights on and the welcome mat out. We'll have some wine, a puperoni, and chairs waiting

  2. Looks like you guys are making good progress, if you are going to use i-70 west, In my opinion there's no advantage to take the bypasses around Indianapolis and Columbus. you will probably hit a little construction in the Indy area, it has been going all summer,It is actually faster just to stay on I-70 through these two cities, good road, I used to take the Trailways motor coach that way.Make sure though when you get to the I-270 West Kansas City exit you take I-270. this is about 18 miles from the Mississippi River, have your camera ready for some bridge shots,the it's just about 10 miles to the US370 exit which takes you into St Peters MO and back to I-70, Then your home free as the Bryan Rd exit is about 12 miles west. Donna and I will be around the house so call when you get close if you need detailed directions. My driveway Weeb Ln is in Streets and trips under O'Fallon MO. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna. PS Donna's been telling Rigg's & Sadie they are getting company too.

  3. We were in the Allegheny Forest last fall when all the trees were changing color. It was breathtaking. You guys are going to have so much fun with Sam and Donna. Drive safe and good luck through the cities.

  4. Hi guys, Reiner Susan and Rocco here. We want to wish you a safe trip to your destination. We will be following you via internet and look forward to an interesting trip. We are currently in Pigeon Forge Tennessee on our way back home to Calgary AB. Stay safe, we will be traveling with you and maybe we will run into each other again somewhere down the road.
    God Bless

  5. Looks like your weather is co-operating for you, its nice to visit friends and acquaintances along the way as well. Safe travels.

  6. Those are long drives! Good thing you'll have a great place to stay when you hit Missouri.

  7. We love Microsoft S&T... It is the best GPS program by far BUT you still need to check it out and not trust it 100%.
    Have fun & travel safe

  8. you are getting closer to Sam and Donna!!! travels on your next leg of your trip!

  9. were about 20 min. away from us. So sorry we missed you. OH MY...Ohio State plays at home today. Good luck going through Columbus. Enjoy the ride.

  10. This reply is almost a week old now as I just got too far behind with being too busy or lack of internet. Thanks everyone for your comments we do appreciate them and they don't go by unnoticed.

    Sam and Donna...Thanks for everything, we really appreciate all that you have done for us.

    Jim and Sandie...We wished we had had time to enjoy the Allegheny Forest, it really did look beautiful. I guess it will have to wait for another trip before we can explore it.

    Reiner and Susan...Thank you for thinking of us and our safe travels. Hope you have a safe journey back to Calgary and enjoy the views along the way. Give Rocco a pet for us.

    Contessa...Thank you!

    George and Suzie...The weather was great, thanks!

    Janie and John...Thank you as well!

    Donna...So far it is definitely the most accurate but like you I still don't trust it, I still like have a paper map handy.

    Sue and Doug...Thank you!

    FULL-TIMERS...OCT. 17, 2009...Sorry we missed you. Wish we knew you were so close, we could have done a detour, we just haven't had much time for blog reading to see where you were.

    Kevin, Ruth and Whiskey


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