Day 142

  I survived my first day carrying the backpack; but trust me, it wasn’t easy. I’m sure many of you who hike will understand. I weighed the pack this morning—23 lbs. While this is certainly not heavy by most backpacker’s standards, I’ve never personally hiked any significant distance with a backpack. So for me, it’s heavy. […]

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Day 141

It was Shabbat today, so an appropriate day to rest and recover from the stress of the last few days, weeks, and months. Last night I took us out to Brown Dog Cafe for dinner. Kelly and I split a nice veggie pizza and a tasty veggie burger, with a side of vegetables. Afterwards, Adam […]

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Day 140

I could have just stayed in bed this morning, but I didn’t. I had much to think about and some important decisions to make. After breakfast I headed back past the large homes in Indian Hill to the Little Miami Scenic River Trail, but this time turned right onto this wonderful “Rails-to-Trails” paved path. After […]

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Day 139

There was no reason to walk on a highway today, but I still wanted to make some “progress.” Therefore I’m counting the 14 miles I walked today as part of my journey east. When Adam drops me off Saturday on Hwy 50, we’ll pick a drop-off point that takes into account the miles I walk […]

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Day 138

It was hardly a dramatic event entering Ohio today, but I was happy to finally arrive in Cincinnati, where my son Adam lives with his wife, Kelly, and son, Maxwell. The highway leaving the motel was so scary walking-wise, that the motel night manager dropped me off seven miles down the road at Skyline Chili […]

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Day 137

Last night before the rainstorm began, Lu drove into the driveway and I went out to greet her. I asked how her two doctor visits went and she gave me some details. Then she warned me about the challenges I’d be facing this morning—weather, road construction, detours, and poor walking conditions on the highway. She […]

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Day 136

I’m tenting tonight—on the back deck of the home of Lu, whom I met yesterday on the road to Seymour, and her husband Phil. They live in a lovely home in North Vernon, Indiana, with their schnauzer, Jazzie. When I spoke with Lu yesterday and discovered they lived close to my next destination, I asked […]

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Day 135

Today should have been an easier day than it was. As I was packing up at 6:30 am this morning in Larry’s backyard, he came out to say goodbye and offered me coffee. I declined the coffee, thanked him profusely for his hospitality, and got on the road. My tent, wet from dew and condensation, […]

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Day 134

At 2:30 am I was awakened by loud voices coming through the adjoining door to the next room at the motel. It’s at times like these I miss sleeping in my tent. To avoid confrontation with the idiots next door, I put on my pants, walked to the front desk, and once again changed rooms […]

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Day 133

This was a day filled with a few surprises, mostly pleasant ones. Knowing I had a long day ahead of me, I was packed up and out of the campsite at 6:30 am. Rain was expected so I kept my rain jacket strapped to the top of my kart. The first 10 miles was up […]

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