Where Does Your Road Lead?

Where will the road take you today? Mine won’t be taking me down a country lane but it should be a good day anyway.

Whatever you’re doing, I hope you enjoy it!

The Road To Mannasses

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On Sunday morning of this road trip adventure, the road took me south to visit the battlefield at Mannassess, Virginia and to watch in wonder the fun, acrobatic flying at a 49 year old flying circus. These are things we will talk about soon.

I headed out early, catching the end of the sunrise from the road and got to really soak in the beauty of this countryside. It was delightful how the terrain opened up to reveal this farm which looked quite small against the mountains and sky. A nearby lane offered a closer look so I turned down that road for a different view then ventured another mile or two in search of what was attached to a bell tower that I saw from afar.

This is what I found.

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It was worth the drive around the next bend.

I do that a lot, driving just a little further to see what’s around the next curve and often regret if I don’t go chasing the next bend in the road. In fact, when I think back on my road trips, the best memories are rarely the organized stuff I do – the tours and nice meals out. The best memories are always things like finding a pretty barn, a lovely sunrise or a field full of cows. It seems that a full tank of gas is really all I need for a good time.

Although, I did have a fantastic time at the flying circus so that’s where we’ll go tomorrow. Check back to hear all about it!

Farm Country

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Driving through farm country is incredibly rewarding. This is from a collection of pictures I took somewhere between Chillicothe and Washington Court House earlier this summer. That was the same day I found this pay phone and this spectacular blue wall! 

A Grand Old Dame

This old house is visible from a four lane highway near Washington Court House. I always admire it from the highway but finally swung into the side road it’s on for a closer look.

It’s a gorgeous old house but it appears to be uninhabited. However, the farm around it is extremely active. There were tractors and trucks and people in and out, creating a busy atmosphere.

It made me a little sad. The whole scene reminded me of a beautiful old lady, sitting by herself at a party while all the young folks carry on like she isn’t even there.

I wouldn’t want to be a farmer and probably couldn’t afford the electric bill for this house but I sure would love to live in something like it!

Bicentennial Barn

In another time and a universe far away, I worked as a newspaper reporter and editor. I wasn’t trained to be a journalist so it was a fun but challenging job even though I didn’t last long. The burnout rate at a small town paper is pretty high.

But in those few short years, I covered some fascinating stories and met some amazing people.

One of those fun assignments was covering the selection of Athens County’s Bicentennial Barn. To prepare for Ohio’s Bicentennial celebration, a Commission was formed and this entity worked to bring a big celebration to all eighty-eight Ohio counties.

One way they did this was by selecting a barn in each county to be painted with the bicentennial logo. This was an ingenious way to create a long lasting landmark and to gain community buy-in across the state.

This is how I met my friend Nichola whose brainchild it was to paint these barns.

Consequently, I will never drive by this barn without thinking of my friend and smiling in gratitude that we met.

I also think of the property owner. Her name was Mary and I always wonder how she’s doing. She was extremely nice to the young reporter who showed up asking to write about her barn.

The Bicentennial celebration was in 2003 and all the barns were painted in the years leading up to the celebration. I think the Athens County barn was painted in 2001 so the paint job is going on two decades old. Hard to believe it was so long ago but the paint job is starting to show it’s age.

I love it anyway and am glad for the good things that came my way because of it.

Trucks and Barns Just Go Together

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Old barns and trucks simply go together. Like peas and carrots, as Forrest Gump would say. If only all aspects of life were so easy as barns, trucks and meandering drives for random pictures!

Happy Tuesday, friends! Make the best of it!

 

Farm View

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There’s this farm I pass by somewhat frequently. It’s visible from the highway to Athens, always well tended and, for lack of a better word, quaint.

On a recent trip, the sky and light were nice and the farm caught my eye. I drove by but couldn’t get it out of my mind. My trusty camera was on the seat next to me so I turned around real quick and headed back.

Here’s another view.

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Isn’t it pretty?

It’s always fun when you suddenly notice something you’ve passed by countless times without a second thought. In fact, this is the kind of thing I live for. Happy travels, friends.