Saturday, September 3, 2005

Bryan, Ohio

Continuing with the holiday-weekend urban-assault camping theme, we are again at a Wal-Mart, this time in Bryan, Ohio (map).

After a fairly leisurely start this morning, we made our way to the Thayer Cemetery in Northville. In spite of some low trees and a dirt road, we made it without any real problems. We had no trouble finding the markers we sought in the very small cemetery, which turned out to be located adjacent to (so we were told by a passing security guard) the oldest remaining one-room schoolhouse in Wayne county. The schoolhouse was boarded up, but otherwise appeared to be intact.

From there we made our way to a gas station in Ann Arbor that my various internet resources told me had some of the cheapest diesel still available in a large radius, at $2.759, and we put in another 165 gallons, nearly filling the tank. I am hedging, since fuel is still going up, even though we will soon be in Kentucky, where it is traditionally cheaper.

We then skirted out of town to the southwest on US-12, picking up US-127 which brought us here. We will stay on 127 south tomorrow most of the way through the state, until just north of Cincinatti, when we will find some way to skirt around the city to the west. We are looking at either the Anderson Ferry, just west of the city, or the Markland Dam.

We are bound for Nashville, and the northern terminus of the Natchez Trace Parkway. We are hoping that most of the parkway will be reopened by the time we get there -- most of the downed trees have been cleared, and they are still working on some down power lines.

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