Ohio and points north

The Stevens Transport trucks will be delivered today.


We went through Indianapolis, Indiana yesterday.


Fall is here, according to the crops. Corn fields, once green and lush, are now yellowed and dried up. Crispy noises can be heard as breezes waft through the fields making the dry stalks rub against each other.


Soybean fields are beginning to turn yellow in places, signaling the time is near for harvest.


Stopping in Effingham, Illinois at one of our favorite restaurants, Niemergs Steakhouse . Lining their walls are framed art work created by high school students in the area. Here is one such drawing created by a 9th grade student.


Indiana was the next state we went through.


Leaves on the trees are beginning to change color. October these trees will be brightly colored in reds, yellows, and oranges.



We are back, once again, in “barn country”. I love the faces on barns. This one is peeking over the hill.



A light rain caught up to us crossing from Indiana to Ohio.


Last night we didn’t make it to Seville as planned. Instead we stopped in Mansfield, Ohio for the night.

This morning, upon leaving the hotel, I saw this business across the street. It was dark when we arrived last night.

Can anyone tell me why Adults are being sold?


Yes, I know what kind of store it is. I just think they need a better name 🙂

Have a great Wednesday – “Hump Day” – everyone.



About Message In A Fold

I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

6 responses to “Ohio and points north

  • Maureen Mathis

    1. Wow those ARE fancy trucks you are driving! So new and shiny! 2. That drawing is spectacular – what a tremendous blessing that they display the artwork of high school kids. What a great idea!
    3. We have trees changing color in Texas just like those, but it’s because of the drought and the fact that they are dying. 😦
    4. Love to see the barn faces again.
    5. Gross – an adult toy shop on wheels! I don’t EVEN want to think about where the driver is and what he’s doing! Reminds me about a story about my sister working at the UPS warehouse helping to load the trucks, and a package of “toys” fell and broke open. The guys working with her were DYING with laughter as she raced to collect the items and stuff them all back into the box. They just knew that she was mortified to even be touching all that stuff! She’s basically a suburban housewife that took the job to earn extra money by working the early morning shift, getting off at 8 or 9 a.m. so she could still do her normal house and childcare duties. Her husband would take the kids to school. So she wasn’t as “rough and tough” as the rest of the warehouse crew at UPS. She has a LOT of stories of working in that place; I’ve told her she needs to write a book about it. (like the time another box opened that was filled with live crickets on their way to a pet store (spider owners have to buy them to feed their spiders) – for the rest of the day, she was flicking off “crickets” anytime she felt a stray hair or brush of air on her skin!) yikes! gives me the creepy crawlies just thinking about it!

    • Message In A Fold

      3. I’m sorry to hear about all your trees dying :-(. You have a forest in your back yard and I bet you can see them go daily. No more deer coming near you any longer to forage around 😦

      5. Your poor sister!! That would be humiliating to be left cleaning up a box of “toys” while the men busted a gut laughing. And the crickets, she probably freaked for a couple days after being a cricket wrangler. I bet the sound of one outside brings back that memory.

      4. The barn faces, that was fun. I’m watching for them again 🙂

      2. The art work of the students is fantastic in Effingham, IL. All of the buildings they draw are historical landmarks. Some have done watercolors, some have used colored pencils. There are more than old houses drawn by the students. A downtown area of a couple stores, an old movie theater, veteran’s memorial sites. I have more photos at home of what these students have done.

      1. Stevens Transport takes care of their trucks. Maintenance is taken seriously at their shops and while the trucks are parked in the lot they get washed by a mobile set up. The drivers are held accountable for the interior condition of the trucks and rewarded for their efforts to keep them clean and not all bashed up.

      Thank you Maureen for your in depth comment :-). Love it! And you 🙂


  • gardenpinks

    Well done on getting those trucks delivered without a hitch.

    Those barns are so cute, just love those faces 🙂

    Now I wish I could draw like that, that is an amazing piece of art. How old would a 9th grade student be?

    So where next are you travelling to? Any more barns or bridges en route?

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

    • Message In A Fold

      Lynn, there will be several opportunities for bridges and barns in the next few days while we are up north and on our way south :-). I’ll make sure to include them for you.

      The student art hung on the walls in Effingham, Illinois is fantastic. A 9th grade student would be about 14 or 15 years old. To have that amount of natural talent at such a young age is amazing to me.

      I’m glad this recent trip went so well, especially after all the mayhem with the FedEx trucks 🙂

      Love you – Leslie

      • gardenpinks

        Your comment to Maureen about how the Stevens Transport look after their vehicles reminds me of a fleet of trucks over here carrying food. Each truck is the personal responsibility of its driver and each truck has a name painted on the front – the name is chosen by the driver. This particular company look after its staff so well no one wants to leave 🙂 When any of the trucks have to be changed out the drivers become quite upset!

        Love and hugs
        Lynn x

      • Message In A Fold

        There are a minuscule amount of trucking companies that know, without a doubt, first the equipment is what pays the bills and second the drivers are the lifeline of the business.

        Unfortunately too many companies run their equipment and drivers into the ditch and don’t change their ways. We see it all the time.

        Drivers know when the equipment is cared for they are also. No sitting beside the road time and again as we did with the FedEx trucks. Drivers make money to care for their families while rolling down the highways. Sitting and waiting alongside the highway doesn’t make them any money. In fact, it takes money away from them because someone else is called out to complete the load.

        Good on that trucking company near where you live!!

        Thanks Lynn 🙂

        Love you – Leslie

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