(See my planning thread here)
Day 0: Departure Day
Best laid plans, and all that ;)
The original plan was to leave the house at 4:30pm, and arrive in Lima around 7:30. As with pretty much every time we leave the house for longer than a day, we were delayed by about a half hour. We should have probably delayed even more, as evidenced by issues we experienced later.
I knew the batteries in my digital camera were dead, so we stopped at the local drug store to pick some up. After waiting in a dreadfully long line for 5 minutes, they announced that the debit/credit was down. Since I had a ton on US cash, and no Canadian, I abandoned the batteries, and we headed out.
We arrived at the border about 5:30, and sat in tunnel traffic for a good half hour. finally it started moving and we got on the highway. About the time we crossed into Ohio, I realized that not only did I not have camera batteries, I had forgotten the camera memory card in the computer (it was full and I needed to clear it off before we left).
It wasn't a serious issue, there's always a Walmart around. We stopped once to fill up with with gas, and once to grab some take-out supper at a highway-side McDonald's.
We hit Lima, OH right about 8:45pm, and began the search for the hotel. Or rather, the search for the road that led to the hotel. We could see the sign, and the building, but the access road was no-where to be found. Since we lacked a 4x4 to hop the curbs restricting access to the connecting parking lots, I got pretty frustrated. (It was also at this point that I realized I had left all my nicely printed maps at home.) Ultimately, after about 15minutes of driving on the same two roads, we abandoned the hotel, and continued down I-75 toward Wapakoneta, the location of the next morning's destination.
Finding the hotel in Wapakoneta wasn't alot easier. We gave up trying to find the access road to the Holiday Inn, and instead went for the Comfort Inn we could see the access to. (It was really dark!) Funny enough, this was the first hotel I selected when planning the trip. One good thing about trying to find the hotel, was that we located the local Walmart ;)
We got settled into the hotel, and by 11pm, we were asleep.