Day 07: Homecomings -or- The Prince of Henry County

Ohio – Indiana (and tantalizingly close to Michigan!)

This is a repost.  The original was lost due to a technical glitch. 

Today before bidding farewell to my birth place we stopped at the house in which my family resided when I was born.  I only lived there half a year so my memories of that place are non existent. Nevertheless here we are, walking a half block to take photos in the cold.

It was a LOT nicer when my family lived here.
Then it was up the street to St. James Catholic Church in Lakewood Ohio where I was baptized nearly 46 years ago.  In 2010 the parish was closed by the bishop, but two years later reopened thanks to the dedication of the parishioners.  The inside is a little worse for wear but the beauty and grandeur is still evident.

St James RCC, Lakewood, OH
We then continued west to Liberty Center, Ohio. This small town is where my family lived from 1970 to 1976. We stopped by the Liberty Cafe for lunch.

Liberty Cafe
The people there were some of the nicest we’ve met.  They loved hearing about our plans and absolutely adored El Jefe.  One woman confirmed my sisters directions and even offered to drive there with us to take family photos when we arrived at the farm.

The Barn at Patrick Henry Farm
The farm is a LOT smaller than I remember it as a six year old.  There is a new highway cutting through the back of the cornfield and the farmhouse in which we resided is long gone.

Then it was back to driving.  Our itinerary called for our next stop to be a drive through Detroit where we lived for two years after Liberty Center. But several days of driving an average of 5.25 hours we decided to hold the Motor City for a future trip.

So it was on to South Bend, Indiana to meet up with some friends we haven’t seen in a long time.  They moved to Italy in 2014 but will be here in South Bend for a couple months. We are very excited to spend time with them.

El Jefe overseeing construction on the stadium
Bonus Photo:

Even on a road trip I can’t escape laundry duties.

Vacation Laundry Time
Road Trip Tally

  • Distance Today: 289.4 mi/465.7 km
  • NEW STAT! Percentage driven by Traveler Nell: 0%
  • Total Distance: 1,190.5 mi/1,915.9 km
  • Driving Time: 5:30 today/26:47 total

Gas Stats

  • No gas purchases today

Food Budget $50/day

  • 4/5 expenditures: $40.00
  • Today UNDER Budget: $10
  • Food expenditures to date: $258.07
  • Grand total UNDER budget: $91.93