The Long Way Home


From Beyond
September 21, 2014, 8:08 AM
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from beyond

from beyond

One of the very first drives that Jeff and I took together was to East Liverpool, Ohio: not exactly the romantic trip of every couple’s dreams, but one that means a lot to us because it’s the first route we navigated together. This was pre-GPS. We still used a beat-up, crumpled atlas, coffee-stained, dog-eared and missing pages, but a few states left intact. I had vague ideas of where to go – follow the Ohio River along 65, until you get to 68 and across the border. And then what? I wasn’t sure, but had to figure it out quickly before Jeff had a panic moment at the wheel because he likes to know where he’s going. We’ve come to know the journey so well that we don’t even need a GPS, the atlas long since trashed. He’s the driver, I’m the navigator. Sometimes I don’t know where I’m going, and we end up in unexpected places. We try to make the most of getting lost. I take notes and photos, Jeff scouts landmarks since he remembers places by sight, not names. Sometimes we still forget, and find ourselves braving sticky heat, me fussing with a tripod and camera, trying to get a shot with Jeff as lookout. Sometimes I take too long, we are both hungry and tired from driving aimlessly. Then the shutter clicks. We breathe easy, laugh, and leave, squeezing each other’s hands. We talk about chili dogs from Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe, maybe chocolate milkshakes for dessert, a sunset to guide us home.

A Saturday afternoon.

A Saturday afternoon.

Crook Building, E. Liverpool

Crook Building, E. Liverpool

After the storm.

Portal

Wunder Bar, Route 68

Wunder Bar, Route 68

Ghost sign, E. Liverpool

Ghost sign, E. Liverpool

Along the way: New Brighton.

Along the way: New Brighton.

The secret door.

The secret door.

A faded mural, E. Liverpool.

A faded mural, E. Liverpool.

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Thanks for another lovely story. You just made a good start of my Monday. 😀

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Comment by 100mijs

And you made mine – thank you for your lovely comments!

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Comment by Lisa

You have me craving a Brighton hamburger at midnight now. 🍔

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Comment by Bill

Dude. Burger Bill can always go for a burger!

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Comment by Lisa

Lovely. You guys are lovely. And these photos are awesome! I need a chocolate milkshake, now!

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Comment by naimavanswol

thanks, naima! i know, when writing, i started craving one (or maybe craving one made me write it – either way, i could use one now!).

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Comment by Lisa

I want chili dogs right now!!!

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Comment by jschreckengost

we can make that happen soon (this weekend!).

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Comment by Lisa

What a beautiful metaphor. Lovely.

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Comment by motherblue212

thanks, lady. xo

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