I am going to hike the entire Buckeye Trail. Let’s put a date on it-that turns a dream into a goal.
“A dream written down with a date becomes a goal.”-Greg S. Reid
Let’s go with October 2020.
All the Buckeye Trail Maps
I bought ALL the Buckeye Trail section maps. I was dithering around trying to figure out what sections I would next reasonably get to-and then thought, oh just go for it, get them all!
A section hiker is just what it sounds like. I will hike the trail in little parts. These little miles will end up being big miles over the next few years. 1440 miles is many miles to cover. There are less than twenty thru hikers of the Buckeye Trail-meaning hikers who walked the entire distance in one push. I will be a section hiker.
One rainy fall morning, I opened my maps and perused sections that I knew I had covered distance on.
For my BT Section hike, I am counting all the BT miles I have covered on foot power. That would exclude car rides and bike rides*. This would include my former running career-hence why I have covered
100 100.5 miles of the Buckeye Trail already!
Mostof my miles completed from my 2009 Burning River 100 Race that I DNF’d- did not finish the race. I do remember seeing the blue blazes on many of the road miles in the Willoughby area.
Akron Section Completed
Akron Section-going over the map, I’ve completed it! Back in the day, I ran bunches on the Towpath Trail and in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
I have covered about 12 miles in the Burr Oak State Park when I ran the inaugural Bobcat Trail Marathon. I have 4 miles on the Leesville Lake North and South where we have performed trail maintenance, and 7 miles on the Salt Fork section in Belle Valley. I picked up some more miles when we hiked on the last day of winter in the Seneca Lake area. There was a few miles when we worked over at Piedmont Lake also. I hiked the loop around Lake Glendenning in 2017
The Buckeye Trail went by my former house. One road to our south, then on my old road, Jones Road, up Breyenton Road. I don’t remember seeing a blue blaze on these roads. Isn’t that funny? I have jogged down my road, to the end, so I am counting that 0.5 mile as closer to my completion of the BT.
*There has been an interesting proposal about recognition of completion of the Buckeye Trail. Randall Roberts, of the Crooked River Chapter, has a proposal where one could complete the Buckeye Trail by muscle power-whether that is on foot, bike, skating, skiing. The correct terminology would probably be “I completed a circuit Trip of the Buckeye Trail” vs a person who hiked, on foot as “I completed a circuit hike of the Buckeye Trail”.
Where am I on this? Undecided. If I add my *biking* miles on the Ohio to Erie Towpath, I gain more miles. I could also bike a bunch of miles this winter on the southeast Ohio road sections of the Buckeye Trail.
How many miles have you logged on the Buckeye Trail?