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Ladybug - Buckeye Trail Journal - 2011

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City: Cincinnati
State: Ohio
Country: USA
Begins: Sep 22, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Oct 2nd, 2011
Trip Distance: 43.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 243
Journal Visits: 6,146
Guestbook Views: 212
Guestbook Entrys: 8

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To date, I have hiked over 235.2 miles, not all on the Buckeye Trail. I have taken some side trips, on purpose but now I'm anxious to keep moving on the BT. I had many rainy days but recently, the weather has been hiking perfect. The Buckeye Trail would be hard to follow without the BT maps as there are many twists and turns. The maps are very detailed. So detailed, in fact, that one could spend one's entire hike looking at the map instead of Ohio's beauty. I am very appreciative for the details, however. I camped in a dugout for the first time in my life. I felt very secure b/c our son was involved in AABC baseball and my husband and I spent our summers at 75 games. And...it was storming with heavy winds. Sometimes hikers have to be creative about one's security. I hiked into GearFest and had the opportunity to meet Captain Blue, who just completed his own thru-hike. He and the other Buckeye Trail volunteers were kind enough to provide maps moving forward. I also enjoyed the Skyline Chili booth and camping aroung the Cub Scouts, Troop 203. The little boys found BigFoot right in front of my tent! I have hiked anywhere from 14.2 to 28 miles per day. The water is plentiful between lakes, canals, and a park's water fountain. The colors are just beginning to change and there are fields of golden soybean, corn not yet combined, and beautiful arrays of colorful wildflowers. I camped in a Metro Park District area trying to catch my first sunset. My tent is freestanding so I set it up on an overlook. The sun went down behind the treeline so I missed the opportunity. But...I did meet 4 police officers and a sheriff. After we went through the formalities of who I was and what I was doing, I sttod there like an American Idol contestant with bated breath waiting for the decision of whether I could stay put. The three who decided said yes, one at a time. And then we chatted some more about my distance hiking experiences. They gave me their business card and told me that they were on duty all night long and that I would be safe. They gave me a direct number if I needed help.

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Ohio, As Seen Through The Eyes Of Ladybug

" Second only to the love of my family, I am most content when I am alone in the wilderness."
~ Ladybug

 

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