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Fall Foliage, Day 19 - Cleveland Heights and Willoughby, Ohio

We were woken up this morning by knocking on the door - it was another police officer asking us to move on again. We were in this spot for two nights, which was quite convenient (plus the free wifi from the Home Depot across the lot).

Our next options were farther away - about 45 minutes for a campground where we would pay upwards of $35/night (the highest rate yet we’ve seen), or an hour to a Flying J’s travel plaza. Then I found a Cracker Barrel in Willoughby, Ohio 30 minutes away from Luke, and when Christian called to check if we could park there they were very friendly.

Christian: Hi, do you allow overnight parking for RVs?

Lady on the phone: I sure hope so, our lot is big enough! Let me get the manager just in case.

Christian: Hi, do you allow overnight parking for RVs?

Manager: Depends how much money you’ve got!

Christian: We can buy dinner?

Manager: Naw, I’m just kidding, you don’t even have to do that, my friend! Normally the RVs park around back.

So we packed up and drove over separately to avoid having to re-attach and then detach the Honda from the tow dolly. Christian (driving the RV) missed the turn-in (Google Maps said it was on the other side of the road) so he stopped for gas and then met me in the parking lot.

Incidentally, there was a Texas Roadhouse right next to the Cracker Barrel, and they were playing twangy country music while I was waiting for Christian. It almost felt like being back in Dallas :)

Once he arrived we figure out where to park - the spots behind the Cracker Barrel were already taken by another motorhome, so we went to the side of Texas Roadhouse. Just to be sure, we stopped and talked to the manager, who asked us to just move it back a little farther to leave room for customers to park.

Our home for the nightOur home for the night

Thus situated, we drove into Cleveland for a tourist day. Unfortunately the art museum was closed today, but we did enjoy lunch and then some at West Side Market. Christian had a meat pie, then a second meat pie and a falafel, then some Concord grapes, while I had bread/cheese and a strawberry/Nutella crepe made in the authentic Parisian style.

Scottish meat pieScottish meat pie

Our lunch spotOur lunch spot

Crepe overlooking the marketCrepe overlooking the market

Ravioli for laterRavioli for later

We also stopped for ice cream at Mitchell’s before heading back towards Luke’s house, making a pit stop for some wifi and tea at Rising Star Coffee Roasters.

Mitchell's!Mitchell's!

Factory view - vegan chocolate for Christian, rocky road and raspberry sorbet for me.Factory view - vegan chocolate for Christian, rocky road and raspberry sorbet for me.

OolongOolong

Then we met up with Luke and Tara for dinner on our last night in Cleveland at Michael Symon’s Bspot (burgers).

Beer and burgersBeer and burgers

Onion ringsOnion rings

My Lola Burger - fried egg, pickled red onions, cheddar cheeseMy Lola Burger - fried egg, pickled red onions, cheddar cheese

Christian's Yo BurgerChristian's Yo Burger

Lola fries - rosemary and saltLola fries - rosemary and salt

Pickle barPickle bar

Back at his house, we spent a little more time catching up (and playing the Sims FINALLY) before bidding Luke farewell and heading back to the RV.

A great visit with great friendsA great visit with great friends

Tomorrow we’re heading to Niagara Falls (my first time visiting!).


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