July 7, 2021 Romance, WV to Pickerington, OH

We had only 170 miles to go today, so we were in no big rush to get going. Check-in time at the campground isn’t until 1:00. We got a report from home about Tropical Storm Elsa and it seems we lucked out. Tropical Storm Elsa was not as strong as predicted in our area and there was no damage at home in our community. Apparently, the wind sheer helped to drop Elsa from a Category 1 Hurricane to Tropical Storm status before it reached our area which was lucky for us. The heavy rain bands missed our area also, so our rain total was lower than predicted. Our security cameras at home showed us that the tide was rising and water was over the dock and seawall today. More rain may make it go higher, but nowhere up to our house. This is only the beginning of hurricane season so we have 4 more months to go. What a way to start the season! We continued north on I-77 crossing the Ohio River.

Once we crossed the river, we entered Ohio. The highway was beautiful and traffic was very light.

We spotted this silo painted to look like a lighthouse at a farm in the countryside.

We turned onto I-70 west with 50 miles to go. As we approached the campground, we passed the entrance to Buckeye State Park with this cool lighthouse.

We arrived at Buckeye Lake/Columbus East KOA at 1:30 and checked in.

We had reserved a deluxe site, #327, and began to set up.

We are here for 3 nights, so we can relax and enjoy our stay. We left the campground at 3:00 to go have dinner with our friends, Dee and Bob, in Pickerington about 20 minutes away. They live in a beautiful new subdivision just outside of town.

After we said our “hellos”, Dee and Bob gave us a tour of their gorgeous home.

Then we spent the time before dinner catching up on what’s been happening in our lives since we saw them last.

They served us a wonderful dinner of ribs, potato salad, broccoli salad, and sweet corn–all of our favorites. Bob and I left with very full stomachs! Thanks Bob and Dee for a delicious meal and great company! We left there around 7:15 and headed back to the campground. We were both tired from a long drive today. We made plans with Dee and Bob to get together tomorrow to do some sightseeing in Buckeye Lake State Park. Back at the campground, Auggie got his evening walk as some dark clouds rolled in. There is a possibility of rain in the forecast tonight and possibly tomorrow. We’ll adjust our plans accordingly. Bob and I will sleep well tonight!

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