I had to go to Cleveland, Ohio the other day. To take care of some business, I guess you could say.
I drove from Ithaca, five hours each way. But I passed through some of my favorite parts of New York, and gotta see the best of Ohio.
In the ten hours of driving, I had three cups of coffee and a cinnamon roll. I saw two red tail hawks, one each way – one on the side of the road picking at a deer carcass, and then on the way home the other flew right along side my car for several minutes. And I saw a fox, scampering across the highway to get to the other side.
I drove through Allegany State Park, home to the Seneca nation (casino included).
I drove over a frozen Chautauqua Lake, and from then into Pennsylvannia.
It was all so beautiful, under that moody winter light of Western New York.
When I finally made it to Ohio, the sky was covered in a think layer of grey clouds. I checked into my room for the night, but then a walk was necessary, to stretch my legs after a 5 hour drive. It was cold, but nice to get out and reconnect with things in a way less fleeting than seen from a car window.
It’s hard to say everything that happened in Ohio, but it was all great. I will say I had a wonderful sandwich made with fried green tomatoes and goat cheese, and then a night cap at Ballatine Willoughby.
It was a wonderful afternoon and night, but I had to leave early the next morning, to head back home to Ithaca.
I drove home the same way, through Allegany State Park. The light was even more beautiful in the morning.
It was a short trip, really just 24, but it felt good to be on the road. It’s a cliche, but there is a freedom behind the wheel. And my business, well I can say it went quite well, touched in all the right places.
We all have reasons
to keep things whole.