Sep 222015
 
Day 68 - Milton Lake, OH to Hodgson, PA, Sept 21, 2015
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A fairly short ride, I didn't feel like doing 150 in one day, so I called the warmshowers hosts in Pittsburgh and it turned out Tuesday is much better for them, too ... So now I am in Pennsylvania, one of the first 13 states of the USA ... Uneventful, not much to say about today other than that I enjoyed it. Came across a nice phrase:
"Ideas are funny things, they don't work unless you do!"
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Canfield War Veterans' Museum

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I stopped on Hwy 14 when I saw this garden full of strange figures. Either this person is mentally ill or Halloween is drawing dangerously close.

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On my tour I have seen deer (alive and quie a few roadkill victims) and sometimes deer figures which astounded me only because they didn't move when I passed them. But these wooden interpretations of the deer shape are special.

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No comment!

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And another state on my cross country tour ...

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Hodgson, PA, Crawford's Camping Park - I have gotten used to being the only one ... 🙂

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Good meal - with leftovers for tomorrow

   
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Day 67 – Rocky River – Milton Lake

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Sep 212015
 
Day 67 - Rocky River - Milton Lake, Sept. 20, 2015  
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Mike accompanied me for about 33 km to a hill near Brecksville where we said farewell.  In Cuyahoga Falls  I noticed some festivities going on in the main street and stopped. It turned out to be an “Oktoberfest”, including German beer (which I did NOT taste!) and about ten of those strange American beers … But there was also a stand with Bavarian flags and a sign offering “Bratwurst” and other European (Old World) varieties of sausages. I ordered a Bratwurst with Sauerkraut in a bun. The young attendant asked me if I would like to taste the German Kartoffelsalat and tell him my opinion on it. It actually did resemble the sour, or vinegar variety of potato salad I know but the potato pieces were far too large in size and not peeled. Since he had asked me for my opinion as, quote, “the only German he might get hold of this weekend”, I told him that and added that to my taste there wasn’t enough vinegar in this specific salad. He thanked me and said: “I’ll tell our cook what you said. He’s Polish.” So maybe that explains the discrepancies …. After having my lunch accompanied by a band of four who were giving their very best to play the kind of German folk music that is played at Biergarten, or rather in the plural, Biergärten, and especially the Oktoberfest in Bavaria I tore myself away from upcoming melancholy thoughts and turned to the road again. It was a relatively long ride to Milton Lake, my computer said 138 km, so I was glad to finally reach my campground. Tonight is the first evening that I don’t feel like sitting outside because it is getting too cold. But sitting inside the tent is always a good isometric workout for my abdominal muscles, so I’ll just try to see it from that side. (Actually I am writing these lines inside the building with the showers and restrooms, standing up and seeing myself in the mirror all the time because that is where the power outlets are …) People: Two little details intrigued me today about the people at the campground. When I got to the office and asked for a tent site the lady told me the price. “But I didn’t want to buy the whole place,” I answered when I heard the fee was 25 $. She laughed and said, “but I have so many bills to pay and I didn’t even increase the fees in June when we bought the campground!” We joked around a little and I felt she was a good-natured lively person who, it turned out, was born in Brasil and lived for 15 years in Canada before she and her husband decided to buy this campground - in the middle of nowhere, or so it seems to me! Two elderly people in a golf cart came up to me while I was putting up my tent and politely inquired if everything was ok. “Yes, everything’s fine,” I replied, wondering what their function was on the campground. They called themselves “hostesses” and basically live on the campground all season, helping campers with any problems they might have. This is the very last week of the season, the natural pool is drained, lots of caravans have already been pulled out and the rest will leave until coming Saturday – another reminder to me that my season is also definitely coming to an end. I asked these friendly people if there was a plug to charge my phone and laptop and they did not hesitate a second but said, “Just plug them in at our camper, it’s the one with the yellow flag over there. If you’re not planning to leave before six you can plug them in inside, otherwise we have an outside plug, too.” And when we shook hands, the lady said, “My, your hands are cold, but I’m sure you’ve got a warm heart, haven’t you?” We laughed and I hurried to get on with my tent to get into the shower.
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Brecksville near the towpath on the canal in Cuyahoga County - very scenic, and full of birds, including the bald-headed eagle!

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I would have liked to follow the towpath longer, but it would have taken me off my route ...

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Hank, of "Stark Enterprises" is an architect I met in Kent. He oversaw the construction of the buildings asround us and would love to buy into Clifton Beach in Cleveland, where Mike took me three days ago!

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Cuyahoga Falls: Actually, I am not a fan of this Bavarian tradition - and it does not represent German culture as such ....

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.. aber die Bratwurst war gut!

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Another historic ethnic cemetry.

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And arrival!

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It's getting cold!

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Excursion – Cleveland, OH 3

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Sep 202015
 
Excursion - Cleveland, OH 3, Sept 19, 2015 On Saturday Mike had wanted to take part in a triathlon but decided against it due to the weather - rainshowers all morning! So he took his boat off the car again and returned it to the garage. Instead, he took his skate skis and headed to Westlake Rec Park to meet up with his pal Frank to do some rounds while I watched a group of kids playing a flag football game with very serious coaching - I felt sorry for the 6-year-olds but they seemed to be enjoying themselves, well, mostly ... Here I see the same type of parents vicariously living their own dreams and hopes through their kids and thereby putting them under the same type of stress and competitive emotions that we see in soccer in Germany.
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Extremely active in all kinds of sports, Mike puts on his ski skates here to get an hours run with a friend.

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Football starts early and seriously - even girls play flag football!

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Dianna in the "emotional hub of family life" - the kitchen.

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Alex is obviously enjoying his meal.

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All of us: Misha, Alex, Dianna, Alex and myself at our farewell dinner.

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In his welding class Alex has produced this wonderful gift for his mother - see next image, too!

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Cool!

 
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Excursion – Cleveland, OH 2

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Sep 192015
 
Excursion - Cleveland, OH 2 Sept 18, 2015 Our day was packed with activities again; in the morning Dianna took me to see Rocky River High School and its principal, Rob Winton, who took the two of us on a tour of his school. The school has just recently been renovated and has an impressive modern look and feel to it, the ca. 800 students seem to enjoy a well-organized school with highly motivated staff and lots of extracurricular activities.  Sports facilities include not only a field for football, soccer and track with an artificial turf but also a pool and professionally staffed workout area. The science rooms have also been updated and leave nothing to be wished for. A cooperation and exchange program with the Gesamtschule Velbert, Germany is being discussed and would add to the internationally oriented profile of Rocky River High School. After I had done some basic maintenance on my bike in the afternoon, getting it ready to resume my tour on Sunday morning, Dianna, Mike, Misha and I drove to the University Circle and walked through the American Painting exhibition in the Cleveland Art Museum, a truly impressive museum and I regretted not having more time to visit! Their homepage: http://www.clevelandart.org/ http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/map/google_map_Cleveland.htm After the museum we had a wonderful meal in "Little Italy", at a restaurant called "La Dolce Vita", where we had to be reseated because of a wedding festivity. It was a very entertaining evening indeed! Great film? Check out "The Burn" and "North Of The Sun", both extremely creative short films. "The Burn" is about skiing directly after a wildfire was snowed over and "North Of The Sun" is a wild story about three people north of the arctic circle and their adventures with nature. 20150918-DSCN5854 20150918-DSCN5855 20150918-DSCN5859 20150918-DSCN5860   20150918-DSCN5862  
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Dianna is responsible for communication and technology in the Rocky River schools.

 
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RobWilton, principal of Rocky River High School together with Dr. Dianna Foley giving me a tour of their school.

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An impressive gym!

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Even in Ohio not standard in every school!

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Tze "Board of Fame" for swimming - some impressive results!

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Entering a chemistry class.

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The outside sports facilities leave nothing to be desired!

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Dianna and Mike

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Mike and his son Misha

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The central hall of the Cleveland Art Museum - very impressive!

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The Egyptian Department is quite impressive, as well!

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The Digital Gallery allows visitors a variety of virtual tours of the museum's exhibits

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