It poured last night, but it was hard to tell this morning. It was cool and slightly overcast. Our first stop was Rutherford B. Hayes' home, Spiegel Grove, and the presidential library and museum, established by his family in 1916. It was the first presidential library, and it is one of the few still privately funded.
The house started out with 4000 square feet.
But over the years, he made additions that expanded the home to over 20000 square feet, with something like 18 bedrooms.
Then we headed over to Fremont Cucle and Fitness to use a real pump to top off our tires. The manager was extremely nice, has ridden the GAP several times, loves to ride on the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway on his bicycle, and knew all about our route. He made several restaurant recommendations.
As a result, it was the crack of 1:45 p.m. when we finally "got on the road." We had marvelous tailwinds. We were in Bowling Green, approximately 40 miles away by 5 p.m. That included a stop for soft ice cream, a brief look at a state park that was a swimming quarry, and a couple of stops just to rest and consult the map.
We were glad to see the quarry because we had seen a "learn to scuba dive" sign at the edge of a corn field and wondered "where?"
We found a great Bulgarian restaurant, Naslada, with Bulgarian wines. Everything was delicious. A great ending to a great day.
Wonderings about Ohio: we can't tell if the schools are out or not. We see kids everywhere during the day but school buses seem to be running as well.
Are Ohioans great walkers or totally ignorant of how far away places are? Last night, the desk clerk told us there were several restaurants within walking distance. They were over a mile and a half away. We rode our bikes. Tonight the desk clerk said the center of town was just a few blocks away. Google said it would be an 8 minute bike ride. We rode our bikes. After riding all day, a restaurant within walking distance has to be practically within eyesight.