Tiny waterfall over flat rocks.
Today’s trek to West Union SP 4 – all road walking – was quite enjoyable. I woke up early in the Vogel shelter so I could break camp and get to my rendezvous point with Dori on time. It’s a trailhead with a complicated name: the Dr. George Rieveschl Jr. Creek’s Bend Overlook and Preserve. We met there at 9 a.m., and Dori shuttled me back to the Krieger Mountain Crafts home/business. And then I was off.

I knew today was going to be cooler (yay!), with rain possibly moving in. But my first few miles were actually sunny and warm. Clouds began to move in quickly, though, which was fine with me, as it kept the temperatures moderate.

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Making My Way to West Union SP 4

I’ve really been enjoying the scenery in this part of the country. It’s so hilly and curvy, and the trail takes you up on some amazing overlooks that my photos don’t do justice. There are also a gazillion tiny waterfalls over all of the thin rocks in the Cloudy skies over the countryside.various creeks.

It did rain a while in the early afternoon, but nothing too bad. I had my mace with me, and had to take it out several times. But the dogs on this stretch – at least today – weren’t nearly as numerous or aggressive as yesterday. 

Tonight I’m in a motel for the first time in nearly a week. I washed my stinky duds at the local laundromat, then soaked in Epsom salts in the tub. Ahh!

Find My …

I can see on my Find My app that someone found the AirPods I dropped in East Lake State Park and has them at their home. So what do I do in this situation? I could send them a letter and ask to have them returned – I’d pay the postage – or Old country bridge.I could stop at their home on my way back to Wisconsin. But what if they deny having them? My app would show they were in the home, but … I don’t want any trouble. 

As Scarlett O’Hara said (and I’m dating myself), “Fiddle dee dee, I’ll just think about that tomorrow.”


NCT Miles Today: 17.2 (27.7 km)
Ohio NCT miles to date: 368 (592.2 km)
Total NCT miles to date: 2,321.5 (3,736.1 km) 
Total NCT miles to go: 2,278.5 (3,666.9 km)


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