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Day 17: ERIE, PA TO NEW KENSINGTON, PA

The seventeenth day commenced and we departed New England to enter Ohio. Making a stop at Eastside VW in Willoughby Hills, there was a vintage VW T2 van from the 1960’s. The van was very clean and restored. It featured a nice yellow and white color palette with multi-colored flowers painted along the side as well. Oftentimes during our journey, we come across people who are interested in our project and the I.D. 4. When we stopped at an Electrify America station to charge, we got the chance to talk to a gentleman, who was charging his vehicle next to us, about the tour and the Electrify America stations. Continuing on, as we migrated from Pennsylvania to West Virginia we had to cross the Newell Toll Bridge. A steel construction suspension bridge that crosses the Ohio River. The bridge is not paved and has a grated steel bottom. The Ohio River looked awesome from the bridge and the I.D. 4 looked great as it crossed. There was a roadside exhibition of steel sculpture that featured a sunflower with a face and other fun things. We spoke to the artist and he informed us the larger green dinosaur was also a barbecue grill and he often grills food out of the sculpture. Along the Ohio River stands many steel manufacturing facilities. We stopped by a now deconstructed operation in Steubenville, OH. Though retired, the huge fixtures and steel pipes were very intriguing to see. An impressive 52′ wide x 31′ High mural that depicts the Ohio River Oil Company that was established in 1920. This business began as a blacksmith and car repair shop. Steubenville, Ohio, is actually known as The City of Murals because of the 25 “larger-than-life” murals painted on buildings throughout the city. This includes a painting of an old town featuring old business and a horse and buggy. The I.D. 4 looks as if it is merged with the past because of the mural’s street view perspective. We then spotted two vehicles straight from the movie, Cars, the rusted truck had a face like the character, Tow Mater and another like Doc Hudson. We caught up with some more VW dealers on the road. We appreciate them all being so welcoming and coming out, even the service people. The team at Cochran VW in Wexford, PA had very sharp red shirts. They all looked great in the sunset. We then stopped at an Electrify America station integrated into a typical gas station, to charge the I.D. 4. We make a pitstop at a mini golf course called the Mars-Bethel that features layouts with an elephant dressed like Wonder Woman and a vulture that carefully looks over the car and its children.

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