“If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the opposite direction.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Adventures with Pepper: Day 25
Once again I decided to take the scenic route instead of the shortest route. I would continue following the Ohio River Scenic Byway, Highway 52, south. It would eventually turn north and become Highway 7, which would take me to my Carthage Gap destination near Coolville, Ohio.
But once again, I found myself on a scenic byway that wasn’t untraveled. That wasn’t too bad, I thought in the beginning. I needed a post office, and since I was driving down the main street of all these small towns, surely I would see one.
I knew to look for an American flag out in front. Well, I saw lots of American flags, indicating this was a pretty patriotic part of the country, but none of them were in front of post offices. I finally thought I had found one when I spotted a postal truck in downtown Gallipolis.
It wasn’t, but I did catch up with the postman hand delivering mail in the vicinity, and he took my envelope to mail.
The post was important to me because it contained my signed contract to blog three times a week for American Profile magazine. This was a writing job that I was thrilled to have gotten, especially since I would be blogging about this beautiful country I live in.
The blog is called Discovering America, and you can check it and the magazine’s other blogs out at: http://blogs.americanprofile.com
I guess I was still thinking about this great opportunity when I missed my turnoff to Carthage Gap.
I knew I had done something wrong when I found myself crossing the Ohio River into Ravenswood, West Virginia.
I immediately I got stopped by a Fall Harvest Parade being held in the town, but at least that gave me some time to study my map to discover where I had gone wrong, and what to do about it.
The answer was to go back across the bridge to Ohio and take Highway 124 to Carthage Gap, which is exactly what I did when I could finally pull a U-turn.
Highway 124 was narrow, winding, sometimes steep and it followed closer to the Ohio River than I had been all day. And I had it practically to myself.
I’m sure glad I took that wrong turn.
Book Report: No progress yet today. Too much other stuff to catch up on. I’ll get to Travels with Maggie later today – I hope.
Bean’s Pat: Photovia http://tinyurl.com/cnung67 I May Die: I’ve been here a few times in my travels, and know exactly how relived one is to find they’re right where they should be, and that the scary isn’t scary at all – just different. This post made me smile. Perhaps it will you, too.