Before I talk about the hike to Oregonia, let’s revisit last night. I set up my wet tent in Spring Valley’s Walton Park pavilion. It was warm and windy, so it dried out in maybe five minutes. It was quite impressive.
There were a lot of people out and about in this tiny town, likely due to the weather. One annoyance was some guy who drove a really loud dirt bike around the park for a long time. But then again, if it’s legal to do that, it’s his park, too.
The forecast called for storms for much of today, starting around 5 a.m. I awoke at 6 a.m., but it hadn’t rained yet. But by the time I was breaking camp, drops were falling. Still, I avoided anything major.
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I drove to the Oregonia trailhead to meet my new shuttler, Dennis. He was at a different spot, though, so it took a while to connect. But it was no big deal, as today is now a short day, thanks to learning the NCT doesn’t go through Caesar Creek.
Heading Back to Oregonia
I’ve been having trouble yesterday and today with my right calf, where I tore a muscle in January. It hurts on and off, but I keep massaging it, which helps.
While today’s hike was mainly a dreary trudge in the rain, I did meet another hiker – the first on the NCT in Ohio! – named Skittles. It was funny, because we both had the same hiking umbrella.
I was supposed to be camping tonight back in Spring Valley’s Constitution Park. But the forecast is for storms on and off all day and night. I tried contacting Morgan’s, where I have a campsite reservation for tomorrow, to see if I could change that to two nights in one of their cabins, but no one responded to numerous phone calls and emails. So I ended up in a Tru hotel in Mason. You always have to be prepared to pivot when hiking!
NCT Miles Today: 13.3 (21.4 km)
Ohio NCT miles to date: 247.6 (398.5 km)
Total NCT miles to date: 2,186.4 (3,518.7 km)
Total NCT miles to go: 2,413.6 (3,488.3 km)