Fall Foliage, Day 17 - Anderson, Indiana, to Cleveland Heights, Ohio
We survived our first overnight stay in a Walmart parking lot!
In the morning we went on a quick shopping trip, then to a nearby state park to use their dumping station and fill up our water tank.
Today we were driving to Cleveland Heights, Ohio, to visit Luke. This was the first time we haven’t stayed at least two days in a location, and the drive was much tougher on day 2. I have less of a backlog of video editing/blog writing to keep me busy, and Christian’s already been driving for quite a while.
We had one small issue today - the engine wasn’t starting on the first try, but it couldn’t (shouldn’t) have been dead since it was off overnight. At a gas stop, Christian did some trouble shooting and found that the positive terminal of the remote battery switch had come almost completely loose. A little hammering later and it was back to starting with no problems.
Our calculated gas mileage at the last stop (yesterday) was 8 mpg, and today it was closer to 9.5! Much better than our apartment was getting :D This is compensated for by the fact that our Honda gets around 40 MPG if not higher normally, and we use it for small trips at location.
We arrived at the Walmart in South Euclid, Ohio and started settling in. I was about to dig in to my stove-heated roasted veggies and garlic/spinach chicken sausage with tikka masala sauce when there was a knock on our door - it was a security officer.
My immediate reaction was “oh no we’re going to get arrested,” but she just very politely told us that overnight parking wasn’t allowed in this Walmart parking lot. I was a little perturbed since I had specifically checked the no-park list for this location and it wasn’t included, but oh well.
We drove over to the intersection she had told us and looked for “an abandoned lot where the Walmart used to be.” Luckily it’s still part of a shopping center so there was enough traffic/lighting/security to make us feel comfortable.
Luke had finished his rounds by this point, so we unhitched the car (every time we wish a little more that we hadn’t gone the tow dolly route) and drove over to the duplex he shares with his roommates. It was great catching up briefly and touring the old house (so much renovation potential!) before he had to go to bed for rounds the next morning. A few horror stories of stolen catalytic converters later, we and our multiple Amazon packages were out the door.
Back at the RV, I eagerly set to work assembling our new charging station while Christian hit the hay early.