The summer of 2015 after our many motorcycle adventures we decided we wanted to visit the New England states the summer of 2016 all the way to Maine and back. We figured we would take 2 weeks and leave immediately from the 4th of July gathering at my brother’s in PA. In April/May I started looking at the trip more closely and WOW! A two week vacation with hotel, food and gas was going to cost at a minimum of $3,500!!! CHANGE OF PLANS!
With our many adventures last summer we have found there is so much in our own state of Ohio we have not seen and in some cases, didn’t know existed! We talked and decided let’s just do an extended Ohio trip – usually we do 2, 3 or 4 days. Now the planning begins. When do we go? Where do we go? East? North? South? West and Southwest are done.
We decided July was the time we would go. Where? It seems East and South/Southeast we are lacking a lot of counties as well as North – we’re going east and South/Southeast.
In looking at our July schedule we see we have my brother’s family gathering in PA from July 1st to July 4th. I map out a route to get from Columbus to Hermitage PA to knock out some counties to the East. We had made camping plans with our besties Doug and Erica and their family July 6th – 8th. Next on our calendar is mid-July we have Mark’s family reunion in Warren. OK. Let’s start in Columbus, head northeast towards Warren, stay the weekend then head south Monday morning!
Where we going to stay? We have always loved camping. I begin looking at State Parks. It will be mid-July and way too hot to stay in a tent not to mention the hassle of setting up each day and taking down. Doesn’t sound like a vacation to me! I narrowed the search to State Parks with camper cabins and A/C!
I map out the entire trip and what park we will stay in each night. Done you think? No! I look at everything more closely over the next few days. I see that some days we drive 100+ miles and a couple of days we drive 60 miles from park to park. Let’s see if I can find a centrally located park! The benefit would be we get there, unpack and hopefully stay a few days and just make that park our starting point each day and if we decide we don’t want to do anything – we don’t do anything!
All the route planning and overnight stays are planned! Now the list making starts! What clothes we are packing, what will be our meal plan each day, what grocery trips we make for the days we are cooking, etc etc etc.
Each day is documented for both trips so you will have to read on!