Art Journal Challenge Week Twenty Four Copy Something Famous

Art Journal Challenge Week 24 Copy Something Famous

No Love

I didn’t have any love for “Copy Something Famous”.  I even went looking for other journal prompts. But I circled back to it. Of course I thought of copying the Mona Lisa. Then I thought about there was this dog image..Google makes it incredibly easy to google “famous dog” and boom! there he was! The Blue Dog!


Copy Something Famous


Art Journal Challenge Week 24 Copy Something Famous

Blue Dog

In the early 1990s Rodrigue’s  Blue Dog Series, based on the French-Cajun loup-garou legend, catapulted him to worldwide fame.  The Blue Dog was made popular by Absolut Vodka in 1992.

Art Journal Challenge Week 24 Copy Something Famous

You know what? It was really interesting to learn about George Rodrigue, and the origins of the Blue Dog Series. I might need a Blue Dog Poster or Print for my home office…

Art Journal Challenge Week 24 Copy Something Famous

I decided I didn’t need to fill in all the space around my blue dog. Or make bunches of said puppy.

Art Journal Challenge Week 24 Copy Something Famous

I enjoyed making my own version of the famous blue dog. Onto Week Twenty-Five!

Conclusions on Ohio to Erie Bike Trail Tour

My conclusions on biking from CIncinnati to Cleveland


Time sure goes quickly! Here are my conclusions, tips, lessons learned while riding the Ohio to Erie Bike Trail 2018:

1. Just go do it.

I was completely undertrained for this ride-or was I? Maybe I was overtrained for last summer CO/GAP trip? My longest ride was 34 miles this spring, cold weather dimmed my opportunities and desires to make it outside for long rides. I did ride my trainer about every day for one hour. I don’t know what *mileage* that would work out to.

2. Less Would Be More

I pushed myself mileage on this journey. I knew I was going to do more than one seventy mile day. Could I do it? Sure, I knew I could, I just didn’t know how tired I would be. 40 or 50 mile days would have been more pleasant, with more time to kick around, if one could afford that *time away*.

3.  More Trails Being Added All The Time

It is impressive how much bike trail there is in Ohio. There are more areas in Ohio developing. I’ve come to realize how versatile and valuable bike/walk/rail trails can be to a community-both for the physical health and the economic (tourism) for Ohio.

4. Resources

The number one resource is the Ohio to Erie Trail Organization maps. The set of 4 is about fifteen dollars.  Another resource, printed recently, is a book about the route, “A Path Through Ohio-A Cyclist’s Guide to the Ohio to Erie Trail”  2nd Edition, by Mark Looney.  Third resource would be to read bike reports from the Crazy Guy on a BIke Website. Crazy Guy is a web site devoted to bike touring. BIke touring reports are very interesting to read! But a caveat! Only read the most recent, like Looney’s 2nd edition, for good intel. The OTET has changed route parts, so a 2009 route is nothing like the 2018 route. For example, part of the OTET through Columbus used to use the Olentangy BIke Trail, now it uses the Alum Creek Trail.

5. Want to Ride The Ohio to Erie Trail Supported?

OTET has a fully supported ride every September! So if you don’t want to carry all your stuff, want company, and a place to sleep every night, check out the Ohio to Erie Adventure Ride!

6. My Trip Report, Day by Day

Here is my five day trip report:

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Day Four

Day Five

Art Journal Challenge Week 23 Water

Art Journal Challenge Week 23 Water

I went blue at first. Water is blue, right?

It’s blue in New Zealand!


Art Journal Challenge Water

Not very inspired this week. I liked the blues that I started with. When I added the magazines cut out, I think the spread went to crap.

Art Journal Challenge Water

No time to recover, just time to move on to a new week and new challenge!

Art Journal Challenge Water

I can at least say I did it!

Art Journal Challenge Water

Art Journal Challenge Week Twenty Two Daffodils




Art Journal Challenge Week 22 DaffodilsThis looks like something a six year old would create.

Art Journal Challenge Week 22 Daffodils

Then I thought about it. It’s my damn art journal. Who cares what it looks like?

Art Journal Challenge Week 22 Daffodils

What I am enjoying about this weekly challenge is that I am noting the week. 22 weeks into year 2018 already. It’s a good way to acknowledge the time change.

I’ve kept up with the challenge halfway through the year. Onto Week 23!

Ohio to Erie Trail Day Five Reaching The Lake

Ohio to Erie Trail


Early Morning Start Massillon

Ohio Erie Towpath

I was eating breakfast at 6am at the Hampton Inn and out the door at 630am. There were 70 miles to arrive at Lake Erie.

C&O Towpath

Most of today’s miles would be on the C&O Towpath. I have previously biked 50 or so miles on the trail, this would be mainly familiar territory to me.

Barberton Ohio Erie Towpath

The section from Massillon to Barberton was a portion I had not biked. I got to yell at my first human through here. He was walking, looking at his phone, I was trying to pass on the left, he almost veered right into me.

Next gaggle of humans was a running race in Canal Fulton. Now I’m a previous runner, so I had the moral high ground here. They were not running yet, just walking to the start line. It’s amazing the dirty looks I got as I rang my bell and yelled “passing on your left! passing on your left! Still passing on your left!”

I got away from the humans (my goal for the entire bike ride) and the towpath was almost deserted in the 9am hour.  Soon I was at Summit Lake, where the towpath goes across a huge boardwalk.

I’ve biked through Akron  before. They have good signage through here. You go right behind the baseball stadium for the Akron Ducks.


I now run into my second running race! This is the “Bold and Bright” Color Run. Luckily, I’ve blundered into the very back of the pack, so it’s just walking. I carefully steer my way through the colorful runners/walkers, and am happy when the race veers off into Lock Three and I exit Akron.

It’s a nice downhill out of Akron, to the planned detour which won’t be complete for another year, and back to familiar towpath for me.

Lots of folks are out around the Beaver Marsh.

I can see the interstate bridge and know I am close to Boston Store. This is the new bridge that was just reopened right before my trip.

The other detour is at Hunt Farm which was advertised on the NPS website. No problem, I pull out onto Riverview Road. I bike up the road, and then re-enter the towpath where construction equipment has put in a temporary driveway. By the amount of bikers in this section, I’m not the only one doing this.

New Territory for Me

This is the farthest north I’ve biked on the towpath, the Route 82 bridge,  onto new territory for me!


I’ve been in contact with a friend from the Buckeye Trail Association, Henry. He is a long time biker and offered to meet me around Cleveland and escort me to Lake Erie. I’ve been sending him texts with location updates, and he meets up with me just south of Harvard Blvd.

Kim Henry


Cleveland Metropark

The Cleveland Metroparks starts about Rockside Road. The trail is all asphalt here. These are the two new bridges that cost slightly over budget, Henry tells me.

Henry is a great tour guide! He keeps telling me history of the area, the trail, local Cleveland news. He points out the former Crawshaw Plant that refined uranium in WWII, and the ground is contaminated and can’t be moved around. (Sounds like the Peter Cartridge Factory in Loveland!)

STeelyard Commons

We come to the end of the bike trail as it is know. Now we will be heading through Tremont and other local landmarks, like the “Cleveland Sign” and West Side Market on our way to Edgewater Park.

The Cleveland Sign

Henry suggests we stop and take pictures at the Cleveland sign!

No Pictures Through West Side Market!

I had printed out maps to maneuver through the streets to the lake. With Henry as my guide, I just had to follow Henry.  Henry is a bit more confident and risk taking thru busy Cleveland streets! I just blindly followed him and tried to keep up! My energy was starting to lag a bit-I’d been riding my bike since 630 am, and he told me the final bit to Edgewater was a downhill-and it was!

Lake Erie

I did it! I biked from the Ohio River to Lake Erie! I decided to roll my bike up onto the pier for my official picture. As I didn’t do the dip the tire in the south, I wasn’t concerned about doing it in the north!

Lake Erie Ohio to Erie Trail

Myka’s Poses


Boy was I ready to be done riding my bike! I will  have some conclusions about my trip. The Ohio to Erie Trail is a good way to see Ohio!

Ohio to Erie Trail Day Four Cooking in Amish Country

Day Four Ohio to Erie Trail

Levi Duke

It was hard to leave my buddy Levi in the morning, but it was time to get on the trail as early as possible. I had many miles to bike, and the hilly Amish section of road to get through.

Gambier Start

The morning was cool and humid. It was easy to click off the miles on the nicely maintained Koskosing Trail.

Historic Howard

Famous little structure in Howard. Headed toward the Bridge of Dreams, the second longest covered bridge in the US.

The Kokosing Trail ends in Danville, which a small road section through town. I pick up the Mohican Valley Trail.  I came across the Covered Bridge, the Bridge of Dreams. I paused to let an Amish gentleman get through.

Bridge of Dreams


I then begin the Holmes County Trail which will take me to Glenmont.

After a bit of an uphill, it was fun to coast down the trail. I popped off the trail in the small village of Glenmont.

I stopped at the Glenmont Market for a Gatorade and some cold water. I knew I had a few road miles coming up, and I wanted to make sure I was hydrated.

Glenmont Market

The road section was not too bad. Very little traffic and it wasn’t quite noon yet. I was on Route 520. I overshot the turn and got an extra mile or so. In Killbuck, I decided to stop at Snowside for lunch as it was high noon. I had a nice BLT wrap, homemade coleslaw, iced tea, and a scoop of ice cream-for eight bucks!

Snowside in Killbuck a great place to eat!

Leaving Killbuck, it was back to trail on the Holmes County Trail. Being from the local area, I didn’t spend any time in Millersburg other than a restroom break and water top off at Hipp Station.


Afternoon Heat

I knew this was going to happen. I got shaded trails in the morning, when it wasn’t too hot out. The afternoon was going to be in the open countryside.

Route 83 Tunnel

I passed under the Rt 83 tunnel. Then it was through Holmesville and Fredericksburg, out into the sunlight. I spotted an Amish grocery store shortly outside of Fredericksburg, and stopped in for a lemonade and another bottle of cold water. You can’t have too much cold water!

Apple Creek to Dalton

I made it to Apple Creek! I didn’t go into town. I stopped at a gas station, and drank a cold Gatorade in their air conditioning. Now all I have to do is get to Dalton. Ten Miles. Then another ten miles on the Sippo Trail, but it’s trail, shaded, and a downhill.

Cooking in Amish Country

I thought it was hot on Thursday. Nope! I was cooking out here on the asphalt. Nice blue skies, not a cloud in sight. Now I’m climbing up a gradual hill. An Amish man on a bike blows by me. When I look up, dripping sweat, he’s almost out of sight up the hill!

The above picture doesn’t look like it, but this is the high point in the area. I have gotten over my fear of fast downhills. There is nothing like being tired and overheated to drop my fear factor. Zoom! Downhill I go! That means I don’t have to pedal! And my sweat dries slightly!

I walk up about three hills. Not that the hills were that big, but it was to manage my body temperature. I’m about red-lining. I stop in every other spot of shade that I find. Am I ever going to get to Dalton?


I finally reach Dalton. I don’t have many pics, because all I wanted to do was cross Route 30, get into town, and find the factory, because I know the Sippo Trail is behind it!


Sippo Trail

My secret weapon is I’ve biked the Sippo Trail. From the Dalton end to Massillon, it’s a slight downhill. I’m ten miles or so from Buffalo Wild Wings, air conditioning, and my husband.

Sippo Trail Dalton

I book it down the trail. These pics are from my previous bike trip. I wasn’t stopping for anything this day.

Sippo Trail

What was great, when the Sippo Trail ended, and the Ohio&Erie Towpath begun, I could see the Hampton Inn from the trail. Sweet! I had arrived!

My calculations add up to my penultimate day being 68.74 miles, with 9.28 hours on the road. Last day will be about seventy miles to Lake Erie.

Ohio to Erie Trail Day Three Halfway There

Ohio to Erie Bike route Leaving Columbus Day Three

After my late afternoon drama, I was happy to be leaving Columbus for Day Three on the Ohio to Erie Bike Route. I believe I could consider I was halfway there!

Columbus Ohio Start

I was still concerned on the few miles of road I had to travel through downtown Columbus. But first I follow the lovely Scioto Trail through the downtown.

Downtown Columbus Scioto Trail

Downtown Columbus Scioto Trail

Downtown Columbus Scioto Trail

However, I do overshoot my turn. Consulting the smartphone map, I know I can just cut up High Street and make my way over to Nationwide Blvd. I decide to ride the sidewalks.

Downtown Columbus

So far, so good. I find the little 1-670  Downtown Connector Trail. This takes me from Cleveland Ave to the Alum Creek Trail. I admit it felt pretty good pedaling on my safe trail while the car traffic poured into the downtown area.

670 Connector Trail

Alum Creek Trail is lovely to bike on. It’s nice and cool in the early morning, I bet it gets buggy as it warms up!

Alum Creek Boardwalk

Alum Creek Trail

I stop for lunch at Panera Bread around Schrock Road. It’s nice to take a half hour downtime to eat, take off my shoes, and recharge a bit-plus my phone!

Good Signage on the Ohio to Erie Trail


My only complaint-or second complaint, the first complaint is how MANY people blow red lights-Westerville seemed to use their own signage for the OTET. I prefer to just keep looking for the distinctive OTET signs.

Ohio Bike Sign

Westerville Bike Depot

I continue down the OTET/Genoa Trail, bike thru Galena and Sunbury. I’m not finding water too readily available through here.

Road Miles

After Sunbury, there are ten road miles before I reach the Heart of Ohio Trail. It’s hot out. It’s exposed. It’s terribly warm out. I stop in some shade and realized my cleat screw has fallen out, and it’s now impossible to remove my right shoe from the bike. Oh well.  This means I have to slide my foot into the shoe, tie it, and keep biking. There is nothing to do about this now.

I hit a section of gravel road. It is horrible. I’m biking on big wide tires and skidding all over. I stop in some shade to consult the map, I sure hope I am still on track. I see that the gravel section is only 1/3 mile long. (Why some weird little gravel section of road, surrounded by asphalt?)


I start down the Heart of Ohio Trail. Not very far into it, I pass a sign that says “free water at shelter”. I pedal a few strokes and turn around. I have nothing to lose but a few minutes.

Thank you for the water Centerburg Church of God

I am stunned to see cold bottles of water in the frig! I drink some water, then pour water down my back. Yooow! I now know how HOT I have become. I drink down an entire bottle. I pour more water on my back, and into the my bike bottle. This stop probably saved me from some sort of heat stroke/exhaustion. Now I understood how hot I was, and that I needed to control my temperature the best I could. Thank you Centerburg Church of God!

Thank you for the water Centerburg Church of God

I am pretty glad to get to the outskirts of Mount Vernon. I call my friend Ron to arrange where to meet, I’m spending the night at his house. I’m too tired and hot to visit the Ariel Foundation Park

Mount Vernon

or climb up the observation tower!

Mount Vernon

Ron mentions there is a bike shop right in town, and sure enough Y-Not Cycling Shop extracts and fixes my shoe for me-thanks so much!

Shoe Stuck

I get to hang out with my friend Ron and his best buddy Levi for some good food and drinks for the night!

The Dukes Family