The 2006 Historic US 40 Yard Sale Archive
- Trip Journal -
Dave and Donna Reusing are the owners of this historic and scenic retreat nestled atop a mountain. After a long pull (!!) upwards, here is this wonderful hotel!!
Dave suggested that I arrive early enough so we could enjoy tea by the fire before we went to the Road Kill Restaurant in Artemus PA. We left at twilight and saw quite a few deer in the valley.
It was fun eating at the Road Kill Restaurant. The items were described as per the name of the establishment. And...a cross-section of individuals sat at long tables trying the cuisine and sharing stories.
Town Hill has been a hotel for many years. Dave has completely refurbished the place. However, he has kept the original gasoline pumps as well as many of the original signs and pictures.
The rooms were very well-appointed in a cozy way. It was soothing to hear the trees blowing in the wind.
Donna prepared a feast for breakfast----Alabama Tomato Pie (I bought the hotel's cookbook in order to acquire the recipe), belgian waffles, fruit cup (all fresh fruit), juice, country ham, and biscuits were some of the items prepared for breakfast.
Donna and Dave will be holding a large yard sale during the Historic National Road Yard Sale to help support the group "Citizens For Smart Growth".
My only regret was that Dave likes vintage hotel parapheranalia as much as I do!!
Savage River Lodge----Frostburg, Maryland
The Savage River Lodge near Frostburg ,Maryland is very pet friendly if one's canine (s) is well behaved!!
Jan and Mike, who own the lodge, greeted Mr. Eli and me warmly. Bodhi, the resident labrador, extended a warm paw, too!!
The food at the lodge is rustic gourmet. I ordered an appetizer and then followed it up with an entree. The wide array of salads also listed on the menu were also appealing.
I was given a flashlight with my room key atached for the short trek from the parking lot to my cabin. Mr. Eli immediately decided to sleep on his pallet right by the front door rather than climbing the open cedar stairs.
Again, the view and the wind were outstanding.
Bright and early the next day a wicker basket was left outside my door. Cranberry juice and warm homemade muffins for me---a large homemade dog biscuit for Mr. Eli. A Washington Post was a nice touch.
The crabcake which I had at noon was large and delicious. It's easy to tell a true crabcake by the amount of meat and little filler. This tasty morsel exceeded all expectations!! The warm chocolate moulton cake was decadent!!
This would be one place where it would be fun to find yourself snowed in----that is...if your reservation could be extended.
Wilderness Bed and Breakfast----Catonsville, Maryland
The Wilderness Bed and Breakfast in Catonsville, Maryland is located in a mansion high up on a hill. It's hard to imagine that there is a busy highway less than a mile away.
Ellen Sawaya is an excellent hostess. She had invited a friend of hers to join us for dinner at Dimitri's where many of the specialties were Greek.
After we left the restaurant, Ellen's friend invited us to her l920's home. It was fun to be able to compare and contrast the two residences.
Ellen has taken great care to appoint each room in the mansion. What makes the decor of the home special is that she has quietly woven numerous family memorabilia amid the formal settings.
My room was large and very comfortable. I simply hated it that there was so much to see and do and the time for actual room enjoyment was not what I'd have liked.
Again, food was sumptuous. Fresh fruit, juice, an assortment of breads and tea (or coffee) were part of the meal.
Anyone who has the chance for a respite from nonstop shopping would enjoy taking a break in any of these three bed and breakfasts!! I was sorry to leave!!
Crawford's store contains a mind-boggling assortment of food not often found
elsewhere. He has approximately l5 kinds of chocolates in large cardboard
boxes. What makes it really neat is that it's possible to select one or
two from several boxes and make a personal selection to eat on the road.
Each piece of candy is labeled and individually wrapped.
May 5, 2006
It has been a sad and difficult time for me. Mr. Eli, my beloved Airedale/Wolfhound mix, passed away on April 26.
Mr. Eli had the left lobe of his thyroid removed at Purdue University three years ago. Last summer, while he was having a check-up at Purdue University, it was discovered that there were three tumors on his chest. These were successfully removed. The diagnosis was aortic body carcinoma which is a rare type of cancer. The oncologists at Purdue University had never had a dog with this type of cancer at their animal hospital before.
I donated his body to Purdue University so an autopsy could be performed. Mr. Eli would have wanted to help other dogs in whatever way he could. This was simply another facet of his gentle and caring nature.
I was very proud of Mr. Eli's strength and demeanor despite the fact that he had been through so much!! I was also extremely fortunate that he had the chance to take this memorable trip with me!! I also feel that his health continued to prevail, because we were together having a wonderful time.
It will be hard to continue this journal. However, there were many individuals who were very kind to both of us. We also shared some memorable experiences.
I am going to dedicate the remainder of our promotional trip for the Historic National Road Yard Sale in his memory.
In advance, thank you very much for your patience and understanding.
Mr. Eli's Tailenda: My beloved dog had a wonderful time playing with Baby Lily in the back yard on a warm spring night right before he died. He did not suffer. His pain was minimal. And...he achieved the ultimate goal both animals and humans wish to achieve----he had hospice. Re: He simply slept away in the living room with those he loved most and where the surroundings were most familiar.
Eli and Patricia
When we passed the 2 Acres motel, my pet stopped and asked if they had such a device for sale. The owner went to a back room and located such an apparatus. For Free!!
Then...we went on to visit one of my pet's childhood friends. Instead of going to malls in the Effingham area, all three of us went looking for more magic fingers. Another 60's motel!! My pet and her friend went to the motel office. Pay dirt. More magic fingers!! Only these were complete with box and electric charger!! The motel owner offered to install them for a demonstration, but both my pet and and her friend were just happy to be able to make the purchase of a complete set.
Mr. Eli's Tailenda: Let's see...how many more miles are still left on US 40 from Effingham to Baltimore?? How many more motels with Magic Fingers are still in existence??
Mr. Eli and Patricia
It's finally time to hit the road!! My valise has been packed so long with dog biscuits that it's been an awful temptation not to devour them. However, I've been able to muster some restraint.!!
It's been a hectic day!! I had to drop Baby Lily, my canine sister, off at Greensfork. She's a homebody who gets motion sickness. Not that she makes a mess. She doesn't. But she hunkers down on the floor of the van clutching the blanket with all four paws.
Finally!! We're on US 40. We're heading to Lumpy's Cafe in Cambridge City. I-ve been told via paw-mail that I'll get some special treats if I wait patiently in the car. Patricia visited with George and Nancy Todd, owners, and received a complimentary breakfast.
Everyone in Western Wayne County has been so good to us. Debbie Bane, (owner of Bane's Books And Antiques) She took the first round of photos for this commentary. Didn't she do an excellent job!!
It would be hard to select a photo which represents one business in Cambridge City so I was instrumental in having my owner insert one photo of downtown Cambridge City. If you want to visit any of these businesses who have been sponsors, please refer to the appropriate link on my website.
It's about 12:15 PM I can tell we're heading West because my tail is facing East. I'm also able to recognize some of the familiar smells as we pass my owner's shop Old Storefront Antiques in Dublin, Indiana.
Our adventure is finally ready to begin!!
Mr. Eli's Tailenda: In the installment before last ,I asked you to find the state which has benn the most supportive of this event. What did you find? Hint: The state's name begins with "m". I easily remember this fact, because this letter also makes me think of Milk-Bone!!
Mr. Eli and Patricia
I was invited to have lunch with Bill and Carol Buth in the tiny town of Manhattan in the Western portion of Indiana. While I was there, Bubba (their dog) shared a very important story with me. After I heard it, I kindly chided Patricia into letting me take over the column while she heads down the Historic National Road. She was a bit disappointed, but she also listened and understood my logic.
I still am adament about the fact that people often remember the last thing they hear. So..."Eli's Tailenda" will remain constant.
I also have the license to revert back to another part of the trip if I so choose. That's one of the perks of being a Senior Dog!!
Anyway, back to Bubba's story. Also, please include Bubba's Story in this installment.
Mr. Eli's Tailenda: I only had a nub of a tail
when I started out on this venture. Now do you see why I'm so anxious
to keep this journal??
If Pershing was where I became acquainted with the Historic National Road , then it was Dublin where I developed an astute (?) appreciation of it. When I say "astute" followed by a question, I mean that I enjoy interacting with the people who visit my shop, frequently watching a steady stream of traffic when there's an accident on I-70, and simply reading the paper out in front of my shop waiting to see what the day has to bring.
I'll never profess to be a historian. Details have never been my forte. And...I truly admire those individuals who are able to talk about an event in Dublin down to the minute detail that happened decades ago. It's often a young person who has mastered this feat, too!!
Erin Abney , who designed my webpage and coordinates these sporadic installments, works for PAM aka Programming And Micros from Richmond, Indiana . She has an alert eye for detail which has helped a neophyte computer-user. She was the second person I called when searching for someone to design my webpage, and I'm glad I didn't spend more time searching!!
Dublin , Indiana is the first community you reach when heading West to East in your trek across Wayne County. Brower's Garr Nursery on the right side of the road is unique, because it is the oldest family-owned and operated nursery in Indiana .
Dublin , Indiana also takes pride that it was here
MARYLAND that women were first given the right to vote. Veer off one block
from US 40, and it will be possible to see the Friends Church where this
historic event occurred.
I was talking with Karoline, who is Mr. William Stanton's assistant.
I was talking about dogs and Eli's addenda, and she suggested "tailenda".
Mr. Eli heartily approved.
This time I'm going to focus on the tiny town of Pershing, Indiana where I was first introduced to The Historic National Road on an up front and personal basis.
This little community is the first town to the east of SR l on the right. In l982 I opened an antique shop with one room which contained a scant amount of merchandise. Not only did my inventory eventually expand to three rooms of merchandise almost crammed from floor to ceiling, but my mental inventory about US 40 begun to fill.
I soon learned that the place to go for the news of the day was the local gas station. Here, oil changes, coffee, the latest gossip, and candy were rapidly dispensed. It's a known fact that gas stations in a small town struggle to survive.
People are beginning to realize the advantages of a small town and take pride in refurbishing their homes. Neighbors know one another and there is a sense of camaraderie not known in even some of the towns along US 40 with populations of less than 4000.
Pershing was originally called " Germantown " but was renamed "Pershing" in honor of General Pershing. Another reason why this is still one of my favorite communities along the highway is because the town has remained a town and not attempted to focus on making it "picture book" perfect. (This is an admitted bias of mine.)
I used to remember how many "anxious" customers wanted to visit my shop---especially on Sunday when the gas station was closed. They’d come in to shop and casually inquire if I had a restroom that they could use. I was only too happy to oblige knowing that once they saw the facility they'd suddenly realize the elasticity of their bladder!!
Sundays were also special in another way. There was a church across the street which had previously housed the (Oddfellow Hall). Each week, members would head into the church attired in their finest. One Sunday afternoon, my landlord stopped by and asked me to remove the "Drunk Again" sign from my front door. I guess the elder of the church took the sign out of context even though he was made aware of the fact that it had been part of a magician's trick. Anyway, to maintain peace with everyone, I readily complied.
A few weeks later, this same elder came across the street as I was reading the Sunday paper while relaxing in a chaise lounge. He said that wouldn't I feel better if I folded up the chair, saved my reading material, dump my coffee, and walk across the street. I guess he thought that my actions were again setting a poor example. (Hint: What do you think I did?) (Question: What would you have done?)
Addenda from Mr. Eli: He's still thinking about plain crullers!!
Mr. Eli and Patricia
Joan, at Kessler's Team Sports, put
US 40 on a bandana just for me!! Don't I look dapper!!
Eli, my airedale/Irishwolfhound mix, and I plan to leave in the not
too distant future for a trip, beginning in (or around Collinsville,
Illinois) and ending in Baltimore, Maryland. While on this trip we
Mr. Eli will also be making astute observations and comments from time to time. (He has learned from previous experiences that people tend to remember what is said last!!)
Meanwhile, Mr. Eli wonders how many fire hydrants there are along US 40!!
Mr. Eli and Patricia
Mr. Eli's Final Tailenda.