I’m in Hamilton Ohio right now at a nice new Marriott on some river. This is what Wikipedia has on the town ‘Hamilton was laid out as Fort Shitsburg in 1794, but took the name of Fort Hamilton later. The industrial city is seeking to revitalize itself through the arts and porn shop's and was officially declared the 'City of Sculpture,' due to its efforts to bring many sculpture installations to the city.’ (FUNNY! ) Hamilton is the largest town I’ve been to. Hamilton looks a little rough. The first time I have felt a little uneasy walking around.
The day started with attempted breakfast by the shores of Grand Lake. The carp stick pushed me back to the car. They have a serious farm run off that has polluted the water. I drove around the lake and saw many fishing. I sure wouldn’t eat it. I had lunch at St Mary’s coffee shop. There was a group of Red Hats grousing about their food and etc. It made me think of mom’s old group . Across the street was a covered bridge that was made by wood supplied by NC farmers for thanking Ohio farmers for supplying hay to them during a drought years ago. What a nice gesture of thanks. The Erie-Miami canal replica was there also. They just recently found another canal there while building a new bank. There is a 40 mile walking trail that links all of the canals. Sounds like a fun hike.
Next, the Bike Museum in New Bremen. Sounds dorky. Well… It was on the way.
I walked in and asked about the admission fee. The curator said “Oh, the group just left” huh? “ Aren’t you with the newspaper?” “No” There were an old Chevy car group there and he thought I was the media.LOL! I got the grand tour complete with the guy riding some of the bikes. He then took me out to see their canal. While we were outside the car club drove by waving and I snapped away!
This is the land of the 30 Cross-tipped catholic churches. The farm skyline is sprinkled with these churches among the silos. I stopped in to the Maria Stein Church & Spiritual Retreat that the Bike-guy said had bones of saints there. After visiting Italy and hearing the wars that broke out between towns over stealing saint’s bones, I had to check out. It was a beautiful church. The receptionist said no fee but to pray for her grandchildren who do not have jobs. I told her I would. The floors were so creaky. I tried not to be too loud as I walked into the chapel. There were a group of women there possibly nuns. After my non-catholic prayers I went up stairs and viewed the museum. No bones only nun-art and pope paraphernalia. The gardens were very nice and it was perfect weather.
St Charles Seminary is one of the 30 churches. It is massive. It is now a retirement home for priests.
On to Ft Recovery. Kind of boring but the town was cute. I started to then make my way south. I met up with the car club again in Greenville which was a nice larger town. I had dinner there at the “Back in Time” restaurant and headed south again. The weather is suppose to be bad tomorrow. I am going to jump the line and work my way up through Indiana.