Small town Glue
My observations although quite casual are that many of the tiny towns went by the wayside centuries ago. Why they are still on the map is beside me.
What is the glue that holds a small town together? A bar, pizza shop and a feed store. The closest thing I found to a Mayberry-like town was Ft Recovery. I really wanted to stop in to the barbershop and see if Floyd was on duty but I probably would have stumbled over an explanation and end up with a butch haircut.
Here is a partial list the towns I traveled through:
New Bremen* (nice but a fake Disneyland feel. Apparently they have a Mr. Dickey a wealthy businessman that has restored the town. Too bad no one goes there)
- = very nice
Here is a list of some of my odd observations:
• Celina Ohio has no place to eat after 9 so I dined at the local Wal-Mart which closed at 10!
• Ft Wayne’s WOWO AM radio station never was out of range.
• My GPS took the guess work out of map reading so I never got lost.
• I saw more tractors than cars.
• Every tractor I saw was a John Deere!
• Every town was clean.
• I never saw a farm with a for sale sign.
• I think (don’t hold me to it but) for every child born in Ohio a silo is erected.
• The only place I had bad vibes from was Hamilton (which no one has ever heard of). I drove around and ended up in an area that was really run down and a lot of teens and men hanging around the streets. I decided my La La ice cream trip was not the best idea.
• Ohio seems to have more catholic churches and Indiana has more Baptist.
• I am now really good at driving and snapping a picture.
• The Erie Miami canal system was pretty amazing although no blacks were ever allowed OFF of the boats.
• Every alive town has some memorial to their servicemen.
• Never go swimming in Grand Lake.
• Never eat fish from the Grand Lake.
• Farmland Indiana is a very diversified community
My only regret was that I was not bold in taking photos. I am so reluctant to bother others. I really did like traveling solo. I thought it would feel weird but it was cool just going where I wanted and when I wanted.
Stay tuned kids; I will be back on the trail again!