RLT: MI & Back – Leg 8

RLT: MI & Back – Leg 8

Friday August 10

Good morning!  Yawn, stretch!  Open your eyes, time for some coffee ;-). Look out the window, oh oh pretty dark.  Check the weather; looks like we are going to be getting wet.

Well, it’s early, probably should make the most of it and get going :-).  First stop: breakfast.  The owner of the B&B made an arrangement with Granny Joe’s Ice Creamorium (gasp) for breakfast.  Short walk away, let’s see what Granny’s got!  Oh, good for me and some smothered deliciousness to boot.

Breakfast
How’s this for breakfast?

Breakfast done we discovered the road out of town wound down into a little baby canyon and crossed the Vermillion River, what a nice surprise…

Vermilion River Canyon
Vermilion River Canyon

More twists and turns back up the other side to mostly flat land.  A solid 100 miles of ‘country side’.  On the way through Wellington we stopped at a traffic light, looked over and thought we saw a Russian Orthodox Church.  Not so…

Wellington Police Department
Wellington Police Department

Shortly after leaving Wellington we hit rain.  Funny how the weather affects mood.  It was fine, really don’t mind riding in the rain so we were just moving along but with visibility down and no good way to pull out a camera it was really just rolling along taking it in as best we could amongst the drops.

Rain started to pick up past Akron so the phone got tucked away, lucky it was simple straight forward directions to Salem then on to Lisbon.  We made the turn to Salineville but I couldn’t quite remember the next sequence of roads, and by the time we got there is was pouring down.  We pulled up next to an old building of some sort and took shelter under this overhang to look at the phone and get a sense of where to next.

Waterfall off the roof!
Waterfall off the roof!
Here we go :-)
Here we go 🙂
Driving through a lake!
Driving through a lake!

Even after a fresh look at the map visibility was so poor we missed the left turn for 164 just a couple of blocks later and had to do a u-turn!  Really too bad all the rain, the road was lovely, freshly paved and windy.  As we climbed the rain dropped off and by the time we got up to the ridge is was misty and we were playing just under the clouds.  There were winds aloft so it was fun to see the various layers of clouds moving along at different rates, one set of clouds dancing along against a backdrop of others.

Misty ridge road
Misty ridge road

One last photo before we stopped for the night on the West Virginia border.  People are so interesting!  Not sure I understand the draw for things like this in the front yard, but hey, sure glad they do :-).

Giraffes?  Oh my!
Lions and tigers and giraffes? Oh my!

Not much of note after the Serengeti wild life show.  We stopped early and really didn’t get so far because of weather (and the fact that we were moving pretty slow, same same).  At this point we are right on the edge of what we expect to be some scenic riding and don’t want to miss it so let’s stop for the night?  We’ll get a hot meal, catch a little R&R, then we can have some more adventures tomorrow :-)!

As always, enjoy following our route on the map below and be sure to check out some of the additional photos there as well…