As of this afternoon in Pennsylvania, John and Tyler have cycled 2800 miles.  John and Kipp have walked 374.

Our apologies for being so far behind in our blogging, but we were unusually busy in Pittsburgh and now have an iffy internet connection.  Posting pictures is impossible at the moment, which leaves us planning to catch up with photos when we have better wifi, which could be a few days from now.  

We had wonderful days on a farm in New Bremen, Ohio, where it was beautiful, green, cool and filled with wonderful people, great rides and walks and the comforts of a farmhouse where we could spread out a bit.  We slept in our RV’s but enjoyed the kitchen and bathrooms as well as other spaces, thanks to the kindness of friends.  We even had a washer and dryer just down the farmhouse stairs!

We had two special outings – the first to the Bicycle Museum of America, which is located in downtown New Bremen and is a fascinating place – well worth a special trip!  www.bicyclemuseum.com

Three of us also had an outstanding tour of Crown Equipment Corporation’s plant in New Bremen.  Founded in 1945, the company manufactures lift trucks and other equipment, contributing in a significant way to the economic health of the region.  Crown has facilities in Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina as well as around the world.  

We were also in the Canton, Ohio, area for several days, which included a visit to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  This visit had rave reviews from the three of us who spent the afternoon with football history.  The two remaining at “home” were the same two who didn’t get to go on the tour of Crown.  In case you are wondering, no one is complaining.  

Photos will follow as soon as our wifi connection allows.  What follows below are some facts about Ohio:

Ohio became the 17th state in 1803.  The very interesting history of the path to statehood can be found with this link:  http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/entry.php?rec=530

Seven American Presidents were born in Ohio – Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley,  William Howard Taft and Warren G. Harding.  

Harvey S. Firestone, born in Ohio of German ancestry, founded the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in 1900 in Akron, Ohio.  “By 1910 the company manufactured more than one million tires.”  For much more, go to: http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/entry.php?rec=141 

“Chef Boyardee, the man behind the nation’s leading brand of spaghetti dinners, pizza mix, sauce and pasta, was really Ettore Boiardi, an Italian immigrant from Emilia Romagna. Boiardi, who began as a chef’s apprentice at age 11, eventually opened a restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio in 1924 and began packaging pasta and sauce for his customers to take home. In the 1930s, he began selling his pasta and sauce in cans. A food distributor convinced him to change the spelling of his name to make it easier for Americans to pronounce. During World War II, the company was the largest supplier of rations for the U.S. and Allied Forces.”  http://www.niaf.org/research/contribution.asp

The first electric traffic lights in the United States were installed in Cleveland in 1914.

 

 

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