Friday, June 5, 2015

Off Day - A Little Bit of the Middle of Nowhere

Following the Pittsburgh Pirates game, we had a day off from baseball which allowed us to slowly take our time traveling from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati.  We started the morning, by riding up the historic Duquesne Incline - a funicular (or inclined plane railroad) - from the South Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh up Mount Washington.  It was a very different ride up the side of the mountain, and have to admit the ride was a little nerve-wracking.

Once we made it up the old rickety tracks, the views were absolutely great of downtown Pittsburgh, the ballparks, and the confluence of three rivers.  The confluence is the point where the Allegheny, Monongahela, and the Ohio river all meet.  Here are some of the photos from the top of Mount Washington.

And the ride back down:

After safely reaching the bottom of the mountain, we loaded up in the car and made our way from Pennsylvania back into Ohio (and, yes, more Ohio Turnpike fun).  As we made our way a little down the road, we finally had to make a stop for fuel - what better place than the middle of nowhere, North Lima, OH.  A very, VERY small, rural town where everyone seemed to own their own 4,000-SF house with a couple of acres of property (would probably guess that no one even locked their front doors).  While in town, we stopped at a random breakfast joint to the re-fuel ourselves - a wonderful, big breakfast that hit the spot - eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, and a waffle all for $6....

After the meal, we decided to take surface streets rather than get on the freeway just to "take it all in" - very different experience to see how differently people live in other parts of the country.  Oh, and came upon a random drag race competition literally in the middle of no where!

We then made it to our next stop for the day - the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH.  

The museum was very well laid out - there was a lot on the history of the NFL and its origins which was very interested to follow along with.  The exhibits then proceeded into the super bowls (really wish I remember more of the 80's Super Bowls), and then ended in my favorite part of the museum which was all of the bronze busts of the each of the Hall of Fame inductees. 

The Million-Dollar Backfield:

And I did manage to find one thing that seemed a little our of place in the football hall of fame....

Once we wrapped up in Canton, we made the last leg of the drive for this trip - we drove to Cincinnati....well, technically Covington, KY which is just on the other side of the Ohio River.  We checked into our hotel (it was an Embassy Suites so we enjoyed the free happy hour) and then walked across the bridge to get dinner in Cincinnati before calling it a night and getting some rest for a day game at the Great American Ballpark in the morning....