Ohio to New Jersey. A drive of nearly six hundred miles that would take the better part of the day. The smart thing to do would be to get up early, have a good breakfast, and immediately start driving east. That would be intelligent. Responsible. Reasonable. But that would also be boring and not what we do here at The Open Road Ahead! So on a Friday morning, with many hours of driving in our future, my wife and I detoured to two cool stops before finally heading home. I invite you to sit back, relax, and enjoy this conclusion of our Midwest road trip!
Marblehead Light State Park is open year round and is free to visit. The lighthouse is currently undergoing renovations, but should be re-opening by this coming Memorial Day. The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museum is open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday during the winter (the library is open seven days a week after March). Admission is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors age 65+, $10 for teens ages 13-18, $6 for children ages 6-12, and children 5 and younger can enter for free, but do check online for discounts, as the museum offers several options for reducing your ticket prices. The last leg of our return journey was long, but filled with fun and good memories.
The Trip Summary
Beginning Mileage: 44,665
Ending Mileage: 47,465
Total Mileage: 2,800 miles (exactly!)
States: NJ, PA, OH, IN, IL, WI, MN, IA
Ice Storms: 1
Fuel Stops: 7
Average Miles Per Gallon: 21.3
Total Cost of Journey: Priceless
The journey to the Midwest for the holidays was one of the best road trips I have ever taken. The memories my wife and I made, the sights we saw, the attractions that caught our eye along the road… it all made for a wonderful trip. Special mention also goes to “Grace,” my wife’s 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which performed admirably, soaking up the highway miles with ease, offering ample cargo space to hold our luggage and gifts, and providing ferocious all-weather performance.
Thank you for coming along on this extended journey down the open road ahead.