September 7th was our last full day in Ohio. Bob and I were showered, dressed and standing on “Top -o- World” by 6:50 am.
Top -o- World at
Whispering Hills Jellystone Park Camp-Resort
(photograph taken the day before)
We watched the sunrise together at 7:01 am.
The humidity and cool temperature (49 degrees!) added fog to the air.
The sunrise with fog was very pretty indeed!
Bob and I ate breakfast at the campground cafe. We ordered 2 egg cheese omelets with diced ham, home fries, toast and sausage. Orange juice and tea/coffee were complimentary. Breakfast was reasonably priced and very good. After breakfast Bob and I walked to the West Terrace to say goodbye to our VROC friends. Everyone, except Mike, had already departed. Mike said we missed everyone else by 10 minutes. We said goodbye to Mike. Then we hopped on our motorcycle and went for a ride.
What beautiful countryside to ride in!
We rode to Mohican State Park, near Loudonville OH. We saw a fire tower, a covered bridge, a gorge overlook and a memorial shrine to Ohio’s deceased veterans.
According to the Mohican State Park website,
this is one of the last remaining fire towers in Ohio.
The Mohican Covered Bridge crosses over the Clearfork River.
Clear Fork Gorge
The view from this overlook would be spectacular in the Autumn!
Memorial Shrine to Ohio’s Deceased Veterans
This shrine houses records of all of the names of Ohioans who lost their lives in all wars and conflicts. Printed books are available to look through, and hand written books containing all of the names are displayed under glass.
Leaving Mohican State Park we rode west and ended up in Bellville OH. We ate lunch in Bellville at K.C.’s Steak & Ribs. Bob ordered a steak salad. I ordered grilled chicken. For dessert we shared a chocolate chip Cakie (a cookie and cake combination). If we are ever in the Bellville area, we would definitely eat at K.C.’s again. The food, service and ambiance were very good.
After lunch we began the ride back to the Whispering Hills Jellystone Park Camp-Resort . We made two stops on our way back to the campground.
This barn is located about half way between Bellville and Butler on Ohio State Route 97. We passed by the barn on our way to Bellville. When I realized that we would be passing by the barn again on our way back to the campground, I watched for it. I asked Bob to stop so that I could take a picture.
Before we departed Bellville, Bob had programmed our route into the GPS. He must have forgotten to instruct the GPS not to take us on dirt / gravel roads.
Riding Down Crooked Road, south of Butler OH
On Saturday, during the group ride with our VROC friends, I caught glimpse of a covered bridge. I made a mental note of the location,of that bridge. Bob and I found the “Bridge of Dreams” covered bridge during our ride.
Bridge of Dreams
located near Brinkhaven, OH
The Bridge of Dreams is 370 feet long and spans the Mohican River. It is the second longest covered bridge in Ohio after the Smolen-Gulf Bridge, and third longest covered bridge in the United States.
The Bridge of Dreams is closed to motorized traffic but is often used by Amish buggies. In fact, while we were at the river’s edge looking up at the bridge, we heard an Amish buggy crossing overhead. I would have loved to capture a photograph of an Amish buggy crossing this bridge!
We planned to eat dinner at the campground cafe, same as the night before. Our plans changed, though, when I discovered that the kitchen and camp office/store closed at 4:00 pm. We ate dinner at East of Chicago in Shreve, located about 3 miles from the campground. Bob ordered a buffalo chicken salad. I ordered a personal size pizza with pepperoni and a side salad. The food was good.
The moon was almost full our last night in Ohio.
We were able to see it from our cabin’s porch swing.
The next day we departed Whispering Hills Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, en route home, at 7:20 am. Our first stop was an hour later on U.S. Route 62 near Canton OH. We stopped for breakfast at Bob Evans Restaurant. We made it home around 1:30 pm. What a wonderful weekend we had!