Day 1 – Drive to Shelbyville, IN

Saturday, June 29, 2019

It was 11:30 pm on Friday, by the time I had completed all of the chores in preparation for leaving.   I didn’t wake up until 6 am on Saturday and by 7:15 am I left my house.   By the time I reached the Peace Bridge at 8 am there was a traffic jam.  Both lanes of traffic on the bridge heading to the US were full of cars stopped on the bridge, which was blocking my access to the Nexus booths.  There was almost enough time to finish a crossword or Sudoku puzzle while I inched forward in the stop and crawl traffic to the Nexus entrance.   When I finally reached the border guard 25 minutes later,  he immediately told me I could go without asking me any questions.

As would be expected of me, there were some impromptu changes to the start of my trip.  The drive was very comfortable and uneventful and I was enjoying some music, my Gatorade G2, sucralose-infused, grape flavoured water, as well as,  the many snacks I had been given, when I started to think of a possible side trip.

My friends, Pete & Kathy Roethler,  live in Strongsville and if I stopped there, it would be a detour that would extend my drive by 24 minutes, however, as I arrived in Ohio, I had ‘ Siri ‘ send them a text asking if they were at home and if they were available to go out for lunch.  Pete suggested that I have l lunch at their house so I changed the destination on my Google Maps to their house and I arrived there at noon.     They had prepared a wonderful lunch and we were able to have a very nice impromptu visit.   By the time I left, an hour later, I was fed up, or more correctly, well fed.

I drove southwest and decided to visit the Creation Museum in Bullittsville, Kentucky, just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati.  This location is at the borders of three states.   Within a few miles of the museum, I drove from Ohio to Indiana and then Kentucky.

It was 5 pm when I arrived at the museum and I felt that It was much larger than I had expected it to be.

The entrance cost was $35/adult and as I expected, there were depictions  and displays of creation, as well as, comparisons to the theory of evolution, however, there were a lot of things there that I didn’t expect.   They had a whole section on dragons and written material on dragons, as well as depictions of dinosaurs.   They also had a displays of rocks, minerals and fossils.

There were several animations.

Outside, there were beautiful gardens.

a zip line.

camel rides and animal experience ( zoo )

and a children’s adventure area

I watched 2 videos, one of which was a 3-D presentation on the first chapter of Genesis.

There is a new addition to the museum, which is a building that is a replica of Noah’s Ark and it is 500 ft long.  They had a video showing how the Ark Encounter was built using time lapse photography.   It was 45 miles south of the museum and I wouldn’t make it there in time to see it.   If you look closely at the picture, you can barely see the people on the ground.

I left the museum at 7 pm, knowing that I might have some trouble finding a room for the night, since this is the busiest time of the year for hotel bookings.    All of the hotels in the area that I had checked, had no vacancies, so I decided to start driving west and try my luck a little farther away.   I checked some hotels along my route without any luck, but I finally found a room in Shelbyville, Indiana and it was almost 9 pm by the time I checked into my room.

Once I had checked in, I immediately started to look for a room at my next destination and I was able to book a room in Springdale, Arkansas.

The temperature during the day was very comfortable.   It was 23 C (  73 F ) when I left my house and warmed up to 33 C ( 91 F ) by noon.  I encountered a little rain in a few areas but it was mostly overcast and very warm, although most of my time was spent in my air-conditioned car.

Tomorrow I will head west towards Missouri and Arkansas.

Preparation For Going to Grand Forks, BC

Friday, June 28

When I returned home from Saipan, I received an email from an MDS representative, asking if I would consider being a crew leader for 4 weeks in Grand Forks, British Columbia, to help rebuild homes that were severely damaged by a recent flood.    They were looking for a crew leader from July 6 until August 3.   I was hesitant to commit my time because I potentially had some commitments for that time period and, to tell the truth, I wasn’t sure I wanted to be away from home for that long of a period of time during the middle of the summer.

After checking my schedule and thinking about it for a little while, I felt that it was something I needed to do.  Fortunately, I have the support of my siblings and my neighbour, who take care of things for me, in order to enable me to go.

The shortest route through to Grand Forks by car would take me 36 hours through the United States ( crossing Lake Michigan on a ferry boat).

I decided that I would make this an adventure by visiting some of the people I had worked with in Saipan, as well as seeing some sites along the way.

What my adventure will entail has yet to be determined.   Detailed scheduling is not one of my passions or concerns.

When I get to Grand Forks, most of my time will be scheduled for me, but until then, I’m not quite sure what to expect.

Stay tuned if you want to find out what actually happens.   If not, you can stop reading now.