Dayton Travel Blog› entry 15 of 70 › view all entries
We spent two nights in Dayton at Lisa, whom I had briefly met through a HC meeting in Brussels. We hardly had the chance to talk in person then but had exchange several emails or forum talk on the hospitality club website so it was the occasion to actually visit at the same time.
We had it a little difficult to follow the direction to her part of town, since there was a lot of construction on the highway and outside the interstate. Anyhow, we managed. But it was strange to see at night the old and well defined buildings and houses in the various neighbourhood we crossed... all of them being high valuable architecture but most of them being left to derelict.
Dayton is part of the old rust belt and has not yet fully recovered, we would know a little more about it through Lisa.
One of her project she introduced us was the attempt to retake an empty industrial lot as matter to convert it into a community park and garden. This was still being in processed but they had already cleared a lot of the trash that had accumulate there.
Our first night at Lisa involved some talking but as we arrived late, everything went rather calm and we were in bed early.
We spent some time driving around Dayton the following day and going to the market (Street Market) which has settled in some old train depot. That was a really great feature as to see how to get to reuse some industrial buildings in a sustainable way.
We went on later that day to visit the countryside surrounding Dayton and more precisely to Yellow Springs and Clifton area where we walked along a gorge (see next post) before getting back to Dayton for the night.
We also went by some friends of Lisa that lived in one of those old Empire style house in the suburb of Dayton and used it more as a commune than what it looks like: an old house that was probably built by someone occupying a wealthy liberal profession.
We didn't take the road right away on our last morning in Dayton but instead, went to Air Force Museum which was free... it was also one of the place where the Wright brother did some flying test. We spent a good part of the day but also cut it short to get back on the road and head further East.
We had tried to contact some other CS member on the way with the intention to maybe stop in Pittsburgh for the night but as we drove nearer to the city (and that we either had to make a detour to go to Pittsburgh or continue further East toward NY while still attempting to avoid the toll) we had to decide as we had not received formal confirmation.
Finally one came after we had passed the city, and then decided to drive all the way overnight to Jersey and crossing Pennsylvania in one run.
One funny anecdote was upon stopping on our last Ohio Rest Stop, I came across a sign-permit... with a funny typo as it pointed that the place was built in 1066. Yep not only Hastings happened that year, they were building the very first rest stop.