Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

The First Presbyterian Church in West Union, OH


Ron took this photo from the truck as Elena was driving. It...

This is a typical view of the north bank of the Ohio...

(Ron Writing) This morning we attended worship services at the First Presbyterian Church in West Union, OH. This may be the oldest church we've ever attended. The congregation was formed in about 1800 and the present building was built in 1810 from local stone. This mornings service included the baptism of a charming baby girl and the parents hosted a "sip & chat" immediately after the service. We were invited and met several people and had some fun and interesting conversations.

After church we had lunch in Da Honu and then continued our journey east to West Virginia. We drove a short distance south on HW 247 to HW 52 east. This put us back on the Ohio River Scenic Byway, which we followed all the way to the bridge that took us across the Ohio River to Ravenswood, WV. Again today we found this to be a beautiful drive through rural wooded areas with small towns and good views of the river. At Ravenswood we took I-77 north to Parkersburg, WV arriving here about 5 PM. We found the Wal*Mart a little ways off the freeway and are spending the night here.

Last night's stay at the Wal*Mart in West Union was very quiet. It was not on any busy streets and even though the store is open 24 hours there was no noise or traffic to be heard after about 9 PM.

Some have asked about the cost and available hook-ups at the campgrounds where we've stayed. I'll start adding more information about that since it's also good to have for our own records. When we "boondock" (i.e., stay somewhere other than an official campground) at a Wal*Mart or Cracker Barrel we, of course, don't have any hook-ups. However, we carry a 3 KW generator which has enough power to run the air conditioner or microwave (but not both at the same time) and any of the other appliances. It also recharges Da Honu's 2 deep cycle batteries and while it's running we recharge the telephone and camera. We have a 50-gallon fresh water tank. We do conserve water to make it last at least 4-5 days.

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