Hi from Ohio!
I headed into OH on Route #30 and just happened to hit the four-day “World’s Longest Yard Sale” along the Hwy 127 corridor south through western OH. This has been going on since 1987 but Ohio didn’t get into the mix until about four years ago. It was pure frustration. With a stuffed car, I couldn’t buy anything! I’ll bet the truckers hated it. They were weaving around parked and stopped cars and those making up their minds whether to stop. Almost every house and farm on both sides of this two-lane road had something for sale. It ends somewhere in AL but I got started at Van Wert, OH and went as far as Eaton before turning SE and winding my way across southern OH.
I think I hurt the very helpful ranger’s feelings when I pulled into Serpent Mound (Hwy #73) to get information for a campground for the night and told him I had never heard of Serpent Mound. He was a little upset that I wasn’t planning to stay and look around. O.K., so I felt obligated. I dutifully climbed the tower overlooking the mounds. Rangers are so dedicated and seem to always love their work.
I have visited many mounds over the years, especially along the Natchez Trace. This is supposedly the largest and finest prehistoric serpent effigy in the U. S. It is an uncoiling serpent nearly a quarter of a mile long and the outline is very obvious when you’re looking down on it from the tower. Eastern Woodlands American Indians believed the Great Serpent was a powerful underworld spirit. According to the Internet, “The Serpent Mound head is aligned to the setting sun on the summer solstice and the coils are aligned to the summer and winter solstice and equinox sunrises. These alignments support the idea that Serpent Mound had a ceremonial purpose.” They also have a museum which I was too late to visit. It would have been fun to explore more of the park but the Shawnee State Park that the ranger referred me to for the night was one of those, “You can’t get there from here” kind of places. There was a more direct route but he didn’t want me to go that way because it went over forest roads into the mountains. I didn’t tell him those are my kind of roads but then it was getting late and apparently there was no sign indicating the turn off. If I had tripped and fallen, I would have rolled into Kentucky it was that close to the state line. The campground was very nice and I got the tent set up just before dark.
God Bless until next time.
At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”