On US 23, some genius in a Toyota sedan slammed into the back of a nice, bright red pickup truck, which ended up 150 yards down the road and into the ditch. Judging by the damage to the vehicles, this was not a gentle nudge, but more like a fence post up the butt. I think both vehicles will be totaled out, which means the pickup driver is going to get the shaft on this one. How do you not see a fire-engine red pickup stopped in front of you? The Ohio State Highway Patrol passed me on the way to the accident, and by the time I got there the injured had already been hauled away, and what was left of the sedan was being loaded onto a flatbed truck.
The traffic engineering for the construction on I-75 is, in a word, stupid. I can't describe it; you have to actually drive it to appreciate the amount of blatant ignorance and plain old down on the farm stupidity that went into the engineering. Only the government can screw something up this badly. No wonder the Toledo economy is in the pit.
On a brighter note, I had dinner at Ciao! on Monroe Street at US-23. I actually left Columbus early so I could get home, change clothes and get cleaned up, but with the delays I was just able to arrive on time.
I was early enough to score a table on the patio, and with the perfect weather in Toledo, the patio was superb.
|Patio at Ciao!|
|A Natural Roof|
|Corners of the Patio|
|Toledo Blade Society Page|
I enjoyed Don and Ellen, the weather was great, and if the service was slow (and it was - I think a fossilized snail could have overtaken our waiter on the first turn) it gave us more time to visit, and it gave me a chance to give our waiter a hard time. I left him a decent tip, by the way. More than he deserved, but I was feeling generous.
I went home and turned in early, but I was tired. I'll write part two tomorrow.