These days a trip to the GoAsis — the massive, snack-riddled truck stop directly off of I-71 north in Ashland — is enough to spark adventure, so I’m giving myself a proverbial pat on my back for managing to write a year’s worth of travel columns in the middle of a global pandemic.
In the past year, I managed to travel a couple of thousand miles around the state, keeping safety and common sense at the forefront. I never found myself in a crowd or a compromising interior setting. Most of my sojourns were to desolate locations: graveyards, Ohio History markers, dead malls and small towns and villages. I did visit a few museums, but usually I was met with empty exhibit halls and masked, welcoming docents. You have to applaud all of the institutions and restaurants who are doing it right, and have been the entire time (kudos, Akron Art Museum). It’s been a slippery slope.
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Written by Kevin J. Elliott.
Originally published March 18, 2021.