The easiest route to our next stop south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, would have been I-76, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, but we really weren’t crazy about the big tolls for the RV & Jeep, especially when there was an alternative on this leg of the journey. So we mapped out a route that would take us through the Ohio countryside, and follow the Ohio River to Wheeling, West Virginia, where we could pick up I-70 into Pennsylvania.
It was a beautiful day for a drive, and we had an easy drive through the Ohio countryside,
and up some pretty crazy hills!
In East Liverpool, we started following the Ohio River South, and the drive was curvy and scenic.
There were several power plants taking up real estate along the river, though, including one that we drove straight through,
and a nuclear power plant that was ridiculously close to the road!
Steubenville had a fancy new bridge crossing the river, but we stayed in Ohio until we reached I-70, and then crossed into Wheeling, West Virginia.
With that, we’re able to add Pennsylvania to our map of states!
Once we were on the interstate, the drive was much less scenic, and about an hour later we arrived at our home for the next two nights – Fox Den Acres Campground – and we had our first taste of the STEEP, NARROW roads around Pittsburgh!
We had to make a sharp left turn off a narrow road onto an even narrower road, and down a steep hill, to the entrance where we had to dodge telephone poles and huge boulders! Campgrounds don’t like to make this easy on us, do they?!?
We pulled up at the Park Store,
just as families were getting started with their trick-or-treating in the campground. We didn’t have any candy with us, so luckily we were busy with getting checked in and set up while the kids were out!
It was an interesting store/museum, with lots of stuff hanging around on the porch.
We circled through the campground, and out to the lower section where we had a nice long pull-thru site.
We did have one little mishap on this trip – the air line for the brakes, from the motorhome to the Jeep, disconnected on the motorhome side and was dragging on the road for some time as we drove, wearing off the end of the connector. Fortunately, there was a Harbor Freight just up the road, and we were able to get a new connector (as well as a spare), so Tom and his dad could get the air line repaired.
We also made a Walmart run to restock a few groceries, so with that business out of the way, we were all set for a day of exploring on Sunday.