The last day. The final hours. The way home.
Pittsburgh to Indianapolis is a six-hour drive. Two detours for Presidential burial sites in Ohio made six feel like twenty.
Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:
Every year since 1999 my wife Anne and I have taken a trip to a different part of the United States and visited attractions, wonders, and events we didn’t have back home in Indianapolis. From 1999 to 2003 we did so as best friends; from 2004 to the present, as husband and wife. Normally we’ll choose one major locale as our primary objective, drive that-a-way, and concentrate on exploring the vicinity for a few days before retreating.
We crafted this year’s itinerary with a different approach. Instead of choosing one city as a hub, we focused on one of the motifs that’s recurred through several of our trips: grave sites of Presidents of the United States of America. Our 2018 road trip would effectively have the format and feel of a video game side quest — collecting nine American Presidents across ten presidencies, four states, seven days, and 2000 miles…
Lunch was at our old friend Tudor’s Biscuit World — somewhere in the vicinity of Wheeling, Weirton, and/or Steubenville, OH. We had no major meal goals this day except to avoid nationwide chains we have back home. Tudor’s is nowhere near us and therefore totally qualifies. And we’re big fans of hearty biscuits.
By the time we bade farewell to Warren Harding’s Greek temple, we were exhausted and no longer interested in spending hours searching for the perfect Ohio interstate dinner restaurant. We randomly stopped in Huber Heights and found ourselves at a Frisch’s Big Boy. Their nearest Hoosier location is forty minutes from our house, so they, like Tudor’s, just barely qualified to be our final restaurant experience of the trip.
…and then we got home, which was still standing, unlike us after a few more minutes. We had another round of experiences to add to our repertoire, and I found myself with more souvenirs than usual.
This concludes the narrative of our 2018 road trip. Coming soon: outtakes!
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