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Postcards from the Virtual Road - Ohio Redux


Saturday, February 26, 2011

This is my continuing Virtual tour of the United States which so far has taken me from my home in Manhattan to the middle of Ohio...

So this week I took off headed north toward Cleveland. Who knew there was so much to see along the road. First off was the Christmas Story house. Yes, this really is a house and they even have a gift shop where you can buy the Leg Lamp. You can even get it in various sizes with the crate marked "Fragile". Honestly, life never ceases to amaze me. Who buys this stuff??



After biking away, head shaking, I made it into Cleveland. Of course what's a trip to Cleveland without a stop at the Rock and Roll Hall of fame....



Of course I picked up some new tunes for my iPod. Gotta have the right music to keep you motivated on these long rides!!

From Cleveland I turned west along Lake Erie. Saw a beautiful sunrise come up. I just had to stop and take this pic to share with y'all...



A bit further along I found the Memorial to Smoky "The Yorkie Doodle Dandy". Smoky was THE most famous dog of WWII. Apparently she was found in a foxhole and accompanied William Wynne into combat for 2 years -- all 4 lbsof her! After the war, Wynne smuggled her back to the states where she bacame quite a celebrity. So, here's to Smoky!



After paying my respects to Smoky with a bouquet of doggie treats, I remounted my bike and continued on my journey. I passed through Avon, Ohio -- the Duck Tape Capital of the World. I kid you not! Hey it had to be somewhere. Duck tape IS the most useful substance on earth! See... it can even be a very effective babysitting tool!



Duck tape rocks! Just ask McGyver!! The rest of the road was pretty quiet. Til I got to Fremont Ohio -- hometown of President Rutherford B. Hayes AND the largest Heinz Ketchup Factory in the World! So....




Dear Spark Friends --

Greetings from Fremont Ohio!! This is the Rutherford B. Hayes Library. What an awesome week...Saw so many amazing and bizarre things on the road this week. AND I finally broke that 100 miles a week goal by traveling 101.09 miles from start of journey to end! Can't wait to see what next week will bring, till then, be well!

Cheers, Tory (SafariBabe)
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
RACHGLAZE 2/27/2011 1:43PM

    Wow, love the baby on the wall. Reminds me of all the times I had threatened to tape my kids mouths shut!

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RONDAM85 2/26/2011 11:39PM

    enjoyed your virtual trip blog when you get to Northwest Ohio stop and say HI! haha

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BRADOS 2/26/2011 8:47PM

    Love that Lake Erie Sunrise photo - that is incredible - thanks for the postcards Tory
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GETSTRONGRRR 2/26/2011 8:26PM

    Holy Toledo, very very cool, a true Tour de Tory. Where o where will your travels take you next?!?

So wait a minute, that leg lamp in my office is NOT COOL?!?! It shines so perfectly on my Velvet Elvis, my Cat Clock, and the wall-size Crying Clown painting who moves me so emotionally every time I walk by.

Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realize fishing is stupid and boring. –Desmond Tutu

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TEXAS_GRL 2/26/2011 8:24PM

    Hey did you pick me up a leg lamp???????????

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MS_PEABODY 2/26/2011 8:03PM

    I love the Christmas Story House Museum! Went there for my birthday a couple of years ago and met one of the extras from the movie. He played one of the movers who brought the leg lamp crate into the house.

Where is the Smoky Memorial located? I'll have to visit it -- it's adorable!

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