DECEMBER 13, 2004 — DEFIANCE, OH
Andrew passed the 3000 mile mark this week!
Andrew hiked along the Little Miami scenic trail for 60 miles after leaving Milford, Ohio. He entered Dayton, Ohio and realized it was the most urban area he had passed through in a long time. He met Woody and Harriet, local trail maintenance people. Woody has a strong interest in the Wright Bros., who had a bike shop in Dayton. Andrew found it very interesting.
Leaving Dayton, Andrew hiked north along the Great Miami River. He stayed with Brent and Amy, fellow Buck Eye thru hikers. Brent made Buck Eye cookies, which Andrew says have a pound of butter, and pound of sugar and some chocolate. They were delicious. Amy treated Andrew to a home cooked lasagna dinner. He spent a great night in the company of friends.
Andrew is now following the Miami Erie Canal north. The canal still exists but much of the infrastructure of the locks etc has deteriorated.
The weather has been terrible. The temperature has been about 35 and it has been raining. Andrew reports that his gear has been performing perfectly. This is rewarding, because Andrew spent numerous hours thinking and planning for this. His spirits are good.
Total miles hiked: 3106