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I spent some time this morning riding around Jennings. The town is only about three blocks by four blocks, so it didn’t take long. The town looked very similar to what I remember, though a few things had changed. There were more vacant houses. The grocery store and cafe had closed. I was a little upset about this because I expected to get something for breakfast before I left town. Of course, the bar was still there. The biggest change was that the school was closed. It closed about a decade ago. The building and grounds were purchased by BCI, which is a bus manufacturer. I don’t know what exactly they do at the Jennings facility. The other big change was a playground and several picnic tables placed in some of the vacant lots downtown. It made the area seem more inviting.

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The house where we lived.

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Downtown Jennings

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After satisfying a little nostalgia, I headed back to Highway 36 on a dirt road that I had ridden on or driven on hundreds of times back in high school. I expected to recognize the natural landscapes more than I did. Really, the only thing I recognized was the last couple of miles before the highway.

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My goal today was to get to Atwood. When I reached Oberlin, I really needed to get something to eat and something caffeinated. I felt much better after eating. Oberlin doesn’t appear to have changed much, though it seemed much smaller than I remember. I decided to go to the library to use their wi-fi. While my blog posts were updating, I started to doze off and decided to call it a day. I didn’t go very far today, but combined with yesterday, the two days were about my average.

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"Pioneer Family" statue in downtown Oberlin

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One thought on “Jennings (August 13)

  1. The parsonage in Jennings looks very nice. It looks as if it might have been sided since we lived there. I’d forgotten just how close to the church the parsonage is.

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