Rainy Days and Tuesdays

Tuesday, 7 June 2011
Ripley WV to Pittsburgh PA  240 miles

As we made our way down to the car with our bags this morning, we had to dodge the masses of people waiting for the Mega Gold Roadshow to begin at our hotel.  Oh yeah, the ‘bring your gold to sell for LOTS of money’ show was in town!  But we managed to maneuver the minefield and we were on our way.  We opted for breakfast at the Belrock Cafe in Belpre, Ohio.  Kim reverted to her old standby, ham and eggs, and I had a cheese omelet, and we both had big fluffy biscuits.  It was a good choice for brekky!

Since we had crossed the river already, we just drove up the highway on the Ohio side of the river instead of the WV side.  Our plan was to cross back over at Sisterville (photo op, you know) and continue on to Moundsville, where we had plans.  Along the way, though, we took a little detour in Belpre and found an old brick road along the riverfront and just enjoyed seeing that little town.

Alas, as we drove along the river, the skies got darker and darker, and before too long, they opened up and the rain came pouring down!  Lightning flashed and thunder roared, and the water just poured over the road.  To top things off, when we got to the town across from Sisterville, there was no bridge – just a ferry!  Kim pronounced that we were NOT crossing the Ohio River on a ferry in the middle of a huge thunderstorm.  We may be sassy, but we’re not stupid!  The rain got so heavy that we even pulled off the road for about 15 minutes, and once we got going again, we saw a sign for Marv’s Place in Sardis, OH.  Even though it hadn’t been long since breakfast, we decided to stop and check it out. Good call!  Kim had some ice cream and I had a homemade cherry custard pie – both were delicious!  Just think of it as breakfast dessert.  Or morning tea…. We chatted with Ethel, the proprietor (Marv’s daughter, who has taken over the place since Marv and her mom died) and she told us to go up a hill to the cemetery for the best view of the river.  Off we went!  She was right – too bad it was still raining pretty hard!  GIven that it’s only rained once on Tiki Island since January, I had not even thought of bringing rain gear.  Thankfully, Kim had two of a three-pack of ponchos, and so I was good to go.  If I could have gotten it on!!  It took a while, but I got it!

We had two things we wanted to do in Moundsville WV – the Marx Toy Museum and the WV State Prison – so off we went.  We crossed the river at Martinsville, where one of the first streets we saw was Paducah Drive!  We rolled into Moundsville in plenty of time to get to the toy museum before it closed, and we were not disappointed!  We had great toys as kids, and we played with them a lot!  One of our favorite things was our Gunsmoke set, which we got when we were about 5 and 6.  We still have it – I have pieces of it on display in my house today.  It was made by Marx Toys, as were Rock’em Sock’em Robots and tons of other fun things!  I think ALL of them were on display here – we had such a good time strolling down Memory Lane!  Mr. Marx was ahead of his time – he had made toy sets out of almost all of the TV shows of the 50’s and 60’s – Amos and Andy, Dick Tracy, the Flintstones, Johnny West, Zorro, the Lone Ranger, Yogi Bear – you name it, it was there!  If you’re a toy lover, be sure to make your way here someday!  We had a great time chatting with the lady in charge – she has a sister that she enjoys doing things with and she shared our love of Marx toys.  Oh, and Elvis had found us again, as had Matt Dillon.  They can’t resist us!

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