Packed the van and left the house just after 1:30 pm. A quick stop at the bank to get some of American money and across the bridge to Detroit. No problems at the border. The drive down to Cincinnati was pleasant. Warm and no rain. We stopped for a late lunch at the Big Boy in Bowling Green, OH. Got off I-75 at Findlay and took the back way to Cinci. We had a pleasant surprise in way of a detour that was not well marked. Adam followed two semi's through a residential area, but we all managed to get back to the main route. Sun started to set as we arrived in Dayton.
It was nighttime when we arrived at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Blue Ash (a suburb of Cinci). The parking lot was totally empty - a sight we have not seen at any hotel we have stayed at. The hotel is only minutes from I-475 (which loops around Cincinnati metropolitan area) and I-71 (which takes you south to downtown Cinci or north to Columbus, OH) and is located within a large office park. On-site amenities include an indoor pool, exercise room and a laundry room. A Shell gas station with car wash and convenience store is located about 3 to 4 minutes southeast of the hotel. We hung out in our room for the rest of the night.