Weary in Wapakoneta! 7/26/15

Hello from Wapakoneta, Ohio!

We had all kinds of good intentions to make it to Whitmore Lake, MI today, but after 600 miles and 11 hours on the road – from our first stop last night at Jason’s in Atlanta – we just said, “That’s enough!” and pulled into one of our favorite dog friendly Best Westerns.

It’s amazing how much more time living in Beverly Beach adds to this trip.  We traveled 400 miles on Saturday to Atlanta, and we’ll have another 400 to go on Monday.  Yes, it’s a long trip, but we know it will be worth it when we arrive!

Bear co-piloted most of the day, Maddie slept, I navigated (with the help of MapQuest on the iPhone), and Ted drove - yep, all 600 miles.

Bear co-piloted most of the day, Maddie slept, I navigated (with the help of MapQuest on the iPhone), and Ted drove – yep, all 600 miles.

Highlights (hmmm . . . maybe these are lowlights) of our trip today: 

1)  Had to make an unscheduled 30-minute stop in Richmond, KY at a PetSmart to find Maddie a halter after hers broke on a walk earlier this morning.  She patiently put up with Ted, me, and a PetSmart employee putting her little legs in and out of at least 15 different halters before we found one that would work on her little sausage body. 

2)  Lunch was drive-through because it was just too hot to leave the pooches in the car – even in the shade with the windows down some.  No way!  So we ate our McDonald’s with Bear and Maddie drooling over our shoulders.  Yes, they got a few French fries.

3)  Several times today the truck AC cut off and nothing but hot air blew out.  Let me just tell you this old girl almost had a heart attack right there and then.  Visions of the riding the remaining 700 miles with all the windows down and our feet hanging out the window.  Thank you Lord, it kicked back on each time.  Please Lord, let it be ok tomorrow . . . and the rest of the summer.

4)  Traffic was HORRIBLE in Cincinnati and in Dayton.  It always is.  And, even after that long stop to shop for a halter, it was the traffic delays in both those cities (caused by construction) that sealed our decision to stop in Ohio and not go on.

Traffic backup outside Cincinnati.

Traffic backup outside Cincinnati.

We are so looking forward to pulling in at Whispering Pines Cottage on Black Lake Monday afternoon!

Sue sent this pic a few minutes ago after seeing my traffic pics on Facebook.  She said

Sue sent this pic a few minutes ago, after seeing my traffic pics on Facebook. She said”Traffic is really heavy at Black Lake too . . . had a boat go by about 20 minutes ago.”

Dinner was Taco Bell in our room (can’t leave dogs unattended in room, and just couldn’t bring ourselves to put them back in the truck again today). 

Hope everyone had a great weekend!  I’ll see you all back here in a few days . . . or a day  . . . or sometime soon!

Thanks for all the travel prayers.  Please send one more up for tomorrow!

Hugs and love and God bless.


5 thoughts on “Weary in Wapakoneta! 7/26/15

  1. So sorry about our Ohio traffic…….and even more sorry that you will have more orange barrels from near Bowling Green all the way north to the border of Michigan. We live just 10 minutes north of Wapakoneta off I 75 and would LOVE to have you, Ted, Maddie and Bear as overnight guests if ever you re stopping this close again.

    On another note, my husband and I will celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2022, (yes, I realize that’s planning WAY in advance) but we would like to have a vow renewal ceremony at the little stone church on the Island, and would love for all 5 of our children, their spouses and 7 plus grandchildren in attendance. They are scattered across the country from Baltimore to Ohio to Michigan to Idaho. We are hoping to rent some kind of home on the island for about 4 days that would have at least 6-8 bedrooms ( which is why we’re starting the search NOW.) Any information you could send our way would be extremely appreciated!

    Thanks so much……and safe travels!

    • Oh WOW, Chrys! That IS planning ahead! One problem you may encounter is that most of Mackinac’s cottages (which would be big enough for your group) can only be rented by the month. Now, if you’re willing to pay a month’s rental and only stay a few days, that would work. The owner, however, wouldn’t be allowed to rent the house again until the next month. Depending on the month, and with enough families pitching in, it’s usually doable. But heck, if you’re paying for a month, you might as well stay a month!
      Thanks for the overnight invite!


      • Hmmm, since we both will be retired by then we would LOVE to spend an entire month on Mackinac!! So we have 7 years to save up! And if our son’s family makes the trip all the way from Idaho they won’t be leaving anytime soon! What would be the best way to begin checking on cottage rentals?

  2. Sending you great energy for your travel tomorrow. Extra prayers for good traffic, air conditioning & safety.


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