Me and my brothers will be completing a thru hike in march. I am 17 my younger not little brother is 14(he's 6'3'') , and my older bro is 19. Me and my younger brother, are homeschool and will be starting the hike in march with out older brother. we will only be missing 3 months of school(we will have school assignments during the hike) since our hike will be mostly during the summer months. our blog is at http://hikingitat.blogspot.com/ please check it out and tell us what you think.
I drove back to Springfield Saturday night in order to complete a 6 mile section of the BT through the town.
I took about as long to find a parking spot as it did to hike. When I was through the town a month ago, I skipped a portion and made a shortcut due to the late hour of the day.
I Parked downtown and walked south on the trail and connected back with the shortcut I made earlier and picked up the trail at Leffler lane passing a geocacher along the way.
I began the hike from Eastwood Park in Dayton at about 9 am Saturday and finished in Milford on Thursday evening at 8 pm covering a distance of 107.1 official miles without adding an additional 10 miles walked due to poor markings and off trail destinations.
I skipped about 5 miles through downtown Springfield due to time constraints. The missed segment is the equivalent of walking up high street from broad to 11th avenue followed by a walk down summit back to broad, sort of a useless section
I spent Thursday night in a Napoleon Wal-mart parking lot. Drove back to Mary Jane Thurson park in Grand Rapids and completed a short section of the BT between a pair of parking lots.
I didn't see the sense of paying $20 to throw up a tent for the night in the rain at the park. A pair of bicyclists had the camp ground to themselves. The ground in this area is very poor about draining, this is the site of the massive Black swamp section of Ohio.
I parked at the Marina next
I'm planning to to stay in Ohio this year for my week long annual hike. The Buckeye trail will be my destination this year but I'm trying to figure out what sections I wish to do.
I'm looking for trail angels who will be available around the first week in June (rain or shine). The hike will be beginning on a Tuesday morning and ending on Saturday or Sunday who can drop me off at one point so I can walk to my parked truck.
I had a pledge last year in the Cincinnati area.
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