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Pioneer Spirit
City: McArthur
State: Ohio
Country: United States
Begins: Jan 14, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Start: Good Seed Farm
End: Davis Memorial, point 1
Daily Distance: 10
Trip Distance: 20.0
Hours Hiked: 5

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Buckeye Trail, Sinking Spring Section

Sinking Springs section
November 27 2010
I met Bruce Purdy at the McDonalds restaurant at the junction of Routes 41 and 32 at the edge of Peebles in Adams County. We were later joined by a mother and son team, Christy and Spencer from Portsmouth.
We drove down to Davis Memorial park south of Peebles, a place that marks the end of the Sinking springs section and the beginning of Shawnee.
Bruce drove us back up to our starting point at the Good Seed farm, located between points 21 and 22 about 3 miles northwest of Peebles.
Davis Memorial has a large stand of Bamboo growing along the parking lot near the main sign posts. Bamboo will grow well in Ohio but it is not something seen very often in this state.
Bamboo growing at Davis Memorial park.

Good Seed Farm looks like a place to visit in warmer weather.
I posed for a picture along Brush creek, one of dozens of streams that the BT crosses.

Playground equipment in the form of a wooden truck sits in a yard along the trail.
Christy and Spencer following the roadway.
Entering another town, Peebles Ohio.
Peebles Water Tower.

Walking through the small town.

Bruce attracted a stray kitten who wanted to go along for the walk, we managed to drop him off at the house just beyond the red roof and flag.
We walked on through town past homes and several out of business stores. There were a couple of empty restaurants and a lone gas station in the middle of town. A person could re-supply a little bit along this section of trail.
We walked onward through town and soon found ourselves in th eopen, flat farm land leading up to the hills of Adams county. A few miles of walking brought us to a crossing of four lanes of traffic at busy route 32, the Appalachian highway which runs across southern Ohio from Cincinnatti on past Athens in the east.
I came upon a small dead Owl along the roadway, to find this kind of bird on the ground is about as rare as Bamboo. The bird was probably a screech Owl, it had sharp talons covered in feathers. It was a bird made for cold winter hunting. I plucked a wing feather for this journal.

A dead screech owl along Portsmouth road.
Approaching a gravel conveyor over Portsmouth road.
Bruce crosses under the conveyor where the BT turns onto Pine Gap road.

The conveyor travels through a pipe over the roadway.
A small preserve is located near the junction of Pine gap and Portsmouth roads. The trail leaves the road at point 24 for a steep hill climb.

The group comes down out of the hills as they approach point 25 Beaver Pond road.
The trail crosses under a gravel conveyor along Portsmouth road and turns up Pine road passing a roadside nature preserve. We stopped for a rest at this place and sat on the big rocks for a snack.
The trail takes a turn off the gravel road and proceeds uphill passing a trailer before joining with an old skid road leading straight up a hill on past the top and along a flat ridge before heading down another skid road to Beaver pond road two miles away.
It was a simple road walk for another 1.6 miles to Davis memorial and our awaiting cars.
Todays hike 10 +/- miles.

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