Sunday, August 16, 2015
Chapter 43 - Frankenmuth to Van Buren, Ohio
The drive from Frankenmuth to Van Buren is only around 150 miles. The drive was mostly down four lane highways including I-75, but even considering that today is Saturday the highways were crowded and there was lots of on going construction. Ugh, we are back east again. Our decision to stay in a RV park in the very small village of Van Buren with the unusual name of Pleasant View Recreation was because we were rejected by our first two choices further south because they were all filled up for the weekend. The Pleasant View was also highly rated and its only negative we thought was that its location was not the best. The park itself was very nice although it was mostly filled with seasonal or full time RVers. We specifically asked for a site with good WiFi service and we were given a very pretty and shaded site almost directly under their WiFi tower next to the park office. Their WiFi signal was still very slow and it took us most of the afternoon just to download the few photos for the previous days blog. I guess this is just one of the joys of traveling across the country in a travel trailer. Primitive living. Like the Oregon Trail settlers, no internet.
Kathy inquired as to the closest grocery store in Van Buren and she was told there were none. In fact the only commercial building in town if you exclude churches, was a post office. The closest grocery store was about four miles away. So away we went. After returning and enjoying a few drinks before dinner, we had dinner, watched our antenna-driven TV, and then fell asleep finally around nine. Not very much different than had we been home.
For awhile last night (during the cocktail hour) and again this morning (over breakfast) I did a little research on our computer to see what I could learn about our new hometown, Van Buren, Ohio. Van Buren as it turns out is a fairly old town having been originally laid out in 1833 and a little later named after our 8th President of the United States, Martin Van Buren (1837-41), who likely never visited the city. By 1870 the population of the town was 157 and by 2015 the population has soared to more than double with a recent count of 350. In 1883 a railroad was run through the city which served primarily the local farming industry. We crossed the tracks getting to the RV park and last night about midnight we heard the train whistle and the sound of the train on the nearby tracks. Other than this, there is nothing interesting about the small hamlet of Van Buren. More interesting perhaps is the city about six miles to the south, the City of Findlay, Ohio, population around 41,000. We decided immediately that we were going to visit Findlay.
We returned back to our travel trailer home by early afternoon. As always we did our household chores or whatever, just like we would if we were at our home in Estero. Tomorrow we have around a 200 mile drive down to Marietta, Ohio located on the Ohio River and the West Virginia border in southeast Ohio. Here we plan to visit old friends and check out another old historic town.