Cruising down the road we blasted past a couple interesting roadside attractions but didn't stop until we passed the HUGE mural. WHOA. Did you just see what I saw??
Here we were, on a nearly deserted two lane road just West of Bedford, quite literally "in the middle of no where" and this HUGE mural covers the entire side of a barn! We'd already missed several photo ops since leaving my relatives' house (a "support domestic energy" billboard and a old-timey gas station) because I didn't see them in time to stop and decided not to go back... but this barn was the last straw. That was a roadside attraction too far-- we were stopping this time!
Continuing West on Route 30 we next came to some fun curves and steep grades that the Tesla went up blisteringly fast (and silent! So weird and cool!) and culminating in a really sharp turn at the summit. If you're not quick you'll miss your chance to pull into a shallow overlook to catch an amazing view. The overlook was once a parking lot for a hotel that was built to look like a glorious ocean liner. The "visionary" hotel owner thought the fog that often clouded the valleys below looked like waves on an ocean so, of course, he built a hotel on the top of the mountain that looked like a ship. This is just the obvious course of action and completely not crazy. Sadly the hotel burned into oblivion a dozen years ago... but if you want to read more about it and see pictures of what once was, just CLICK THIS LINK.
Jackson Township Historical Society's Facebook page.
Once past the overlook, we once again found ourselves looking up-- but not to what were expecting to see. No, we'd entered a Land of Giants....
See the map of this detour and more navigation details by CLICKING HERE.
Click HERE to read about the road trip from the beginning.
Click HERE for Part 7: I'm a Big Fan.
Video clips from the first leg of our road trip-- if you haven't seen them already: