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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Royalty visits the Queen City of Cincinnati!

Royal view of Great American Ballpark
After Paul Derrick and I spent the night in Hancock, Maryland, we had a hearty breakfast at the Little Sandy's Truck Stop in town.

After we ate, I drove us 420 miles or so to Cincinnati, Ohio. We took a very scenic route to get there. We got on I-68 West which starts in Hancock.

We stopped off at the Welcome Center in West Virginia for a quick break. We got back into the car and we passed near Morgantown which is the home of the West Virginia Mountaineers.

We continued on the highway and we picked up I-79 South which starts in Washington, Pennsylvania. We took that to I-70 which goes right through downtown Wheeling, West Virginia. We drove through the tunnel and over the bridge that runs over Wheeling Island.

After another brief stint in West Virginia, we finally crossed into the state of Ohio. We drove on I-70 West until it split off with I-71 by Columbus which is the state capital.

We then headed South on I-71 so we could arrive at our destination of Cincinnati, the Queen City.

We circled the downtown area which is located within walking distance from Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds.

We drove around to see if we could find a free parking spot. After trying for a short time, we found one by a meter that expired at 6PM. We parked the car at 6:10PM which was an hour before the game. We proceeded to take a short walk in the blazing heat to get to the ballpark.

The Reds were hosting the Mets at 7:10PM. Paul and I walked up to the ticket window and bought ourselves two $5.00 tickets so we could get in.

We upgraded ourselves once we were inside to the upper deck behind home plate as you can see in the picture above.

As for the game we saw, it turned out to a long one almost three and a half hours but fortunately for me the Mets came back and held on to beat the Reds, 8-6.

After the game, I drove us over the bridge that runs over the Ohio River to Covington, Kentucky so Paul could visit another state on this epic excursion. We wound up getting some refreshments to help us cool down from the brutal heat at a local gas station.

After that, we headed back towards Columbus where we were spending the night.

On the way there, we decided to stop at Steak N Shake to have a post game meal. It was delicious as Paul likes say when he likes what he's eating.

We got back in the car and we drove to the Super 8 that we were staying at. We arrived there shortly after 2AM.

Stay tuned for the next installment of our memorable journey together.

Thank you for reading and following along.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

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