Monthly Archives: May 2018

Next Adventure Ohio to Erie Trail

Next Adventure Ohio to Erie Trail

I wasn’t going to concentrate on my next adventure, the Ohio to Erie Bike Tour, until the Buckeye Trailfest was complete. I turned the calendar page over to May-and there it was, staring me in the face-about three weeks away!

The Ohio to Erie Trail

A primarily off-street recreational trail from the Ohio River to Lake Erie, the Ohio to Erie Trail spans the state of Ohio from Cincinnati to Cleveland for the most part following lands formerly occupied by railroads and canals. The collection of regional trails connects four of Ohio’s metropolitan cities, a dozen large towns and numerous small villages – all done on easily accessible, paved trails that are primarily separated from highways and automobiles.  The entire Route 1 is complete. The total distance as of  June, 2017 is 326 miles.

Just Do It

I procrastinated last fall and lost my days off opportunity to bike the Ohio to Erie Trail. Then I felt quite bummed about it. I decided I would bike the Ohio to Erie Trail-henceforth known as OTET-in the first quarter of 2018.

Biking Miles

I have a local bike trail which is 7 miles long. This is my training trail. When I returned to it last week after Trailfest, I was pleasantly surprised to see SPRING had arrived. Everything is greening up nicely.

Bike Trail

I’ve been getting out there as much as I can. Yesterday was my longest ride to date, 34 miles. Given that my daily mileage is gong to be about double that, I’m a bit leery of the commitment I have made to bike the OTET in five days.

Greenery Spring


This is to be a solo adventure. I can’t see the husband hanging out every day in Ohio when we live in Ohio. I hope he joins me for the last night, then wanders around northern Ohio as I bike to Lake Erie.

Credit Card Camping

I am going to stay in hotels/friends homes for this trip. I don’t have to then worry about carrying a tent and everything that goes with camping outside.


Cinti to Cedarville

Cedarville to Columbus

Columbus to Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon to Massilion

Massilion to Cleveland

Next up, What to Bring on my Five Day Adventure!

Art Journal Challenge Week Eighteen Alice in Wonderland

Art Journal Challenge Week Eighteen Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland!

Art Journal Challenge Week Eighteen Alice in Wonderland

I’ve never seen an Alice movie. Not the Disney, or the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp. All I have read is the book.

Art Journal Challenge Week Eighteen Alice in Wonderland

This was a fun challenge since I got to review some of the excellent illustrations by John Tennel. I particularly liked the Red Queen version.

Art Journal Challenge Week Eighteen Alice in Wonderland

Who could forgot the “Eat Me” and “Drink Me” labels that led Alice into some precarious situations?

Art Journal Challenge Week Eighteen Alice in Wonderland

The White Rabbit is portrayed as big ears hidden under most of the mixed media on top.

Art Journal Challenge Week Eighteen Alice in Wonderland

I am finding I don’t really like white space left on a page. Perhaps next week I will paint the page first so there is color everywhere.

Buckeye Trailfest Report

Buckeye Trailfest


Getting to Hocking Hills is the hardest part. I left home with plenty of time. I was planning on stopping at a pastry shop in Logan and getting coffee. Then I realized I was in New Lexington, which was east of where I wanted to be.

There’s no easy shortcut across southern Ohio. Luckily I drive on curvy backroads. My time window was getting shorter-no stop in Logan, or Shawnee, or even making it to Camp Oty Okwa for the bus. I pulled into the parking lot at the Old Man’s Cave just in time to lead my hike.

Grandma Gatewood Hike

My hikers were not happy that I had never been on the Grandma Gatewood Trail. Hey, nobody asked me if I had experience in the area, familiar with the trail, or anything like that. It was more, “can you lead a hike on this day?”

Photo by Michelle

I think they gradually got over it. Once out of the the Lower Falls area and heading toward Cedar Falls, there wasn’t anywhere else to go. However, leading a hike is like herding cats. You do have to cover so much distance, in so much time. Some folks wanted to stop for lunch. Others wanted to hurry up in order to start another hike. We got to our “Fun Bus” only about forty minutes late.

Unplanned Gorge Rim Trail Hike

Our bus tried to turn around to pick up stranded hikers. It wasn’t the best place to turn around.

Photo by Michelle

After being stranded for a bit and getting bored, Michelle, T, and I decided to walk back to Cedar Falls, and take the Gorge Trail back to Old Man’s Cave, where our vehicles were parked.

That was fun! The Gorge Trail is a non-technical trail which parallels Grandma Gatewood-on TOP of the Gorge. It was nice and relaxing and a good time to stretch out the legs for this hike. I believe we ended up with about ten miles for the day.

gorge trail


My presentation on tents and stoves went well. It was a small group, as it was a beautiful day to be out hiking. There was a funny moment when someone wandered over and said “you can’t put up your tent here!” before she realized we were just doing a demo.

Saturday Presentation was on hiking technology apps. This went over okay, Derrick from the North Country Trail Association, helped me out by letting me use his computer for my presentation, since I was missing an adapter-thanks Derrick!

Trailfest Attendance

This Buckeye Trailfest was also the annual get together for the North Country Trail Association. The North Country Trail and the Buckeye Trail run concurrently for about 800 miles in Ohio. Trailfest was at least twice as large as it is normally with the two groups!

Annual Meeting

I will say it again, it was clever marketing to reframe the “annual meeting” to “Buckeye Trailfest”. Who wants to write “annual meeting” on their calendar when you can write “Trailfest”?


Trailfest Takeaways

Be prepared to be flexible and patient.

The hikes will always take longer than advertised or scheduled.

Don’t try to hike all the hikes. Give yourself some down time, go to a presentation or two.

Bring a snack and an extra water for each day. You probably won’t be eating on your regular schedule and might burn an extra calorie or two.

Think about giving a presentation for next year! Jot down an idea or two, or a topic that came up.