Saturday was a day filled with rerouted, replanning, reconfiguring, etc. I was able to get all my post offices planned out. I'm doing something a little strange. From Cincinnati, I'm taking the northern route to Chicago. I'm going to spend a weekend there and meet up with my friend Nicole. Then I'm going to rent a car and drive down to Evansville, Indiana to hop on the southern leg of the trail. I also contacted Connie and Mike Snyder, the couple that hosted me a few weeks back. Brownie's pack broke again and I left his back up pack at her house. I asked her to mail it to me but being the wonderful lady she is, she said she would bring it to me the next day.
I got that all figured out. Baked some cookies for Judy and Dee. Watched the Correspondents Dinner, laughed a lot. Then went to bed.
Sunday morning I woke up, packed up and made some coffee. I had leftover chicken parm from the night before, so I heated that up for breakfast. I then walked three miles back to the trail and into old Milford. On Main St is a great little outfitter called Roads Rivers and Trails that I planned to swing through before hopping back on the trail.
While sitting outside waiting for them to open, I met Shane. We got to talking and I found out he has been riding his bike around the country for the past seven years. He decided to hike the Appalachian trail and when he finished he realized he didn't want to settle down. He got a bike and has seen the lower forty eight. He's on a current route back to Moab, UT. He hopes to head to Alaska next. His life stories so intriguing, I could only hope to fill my life with so much adventure.
Around noon Connie and Mike arrived with Brown's pack. It was great to see them again. We went into the store. I bought straps for my pack and flip flops. Probably a superfluous purchase but I want something to wear around camp. The store owner Emily hooked it up with a discount and gave me some advice for where I could camp that evening. Even made some calls for me. After we left, Connie and Mike treated me to pizza! A couple strolling by then treated Brown to ice cream! We said our good byes and I hoped on the trail.
The trail follows a rail trail along the river. Since it was a beautiful day, there were tons of cyclists, joggers, walkers, etc on the trail. I ran into three ladies practice hiking. They're leaving in three weeks for Spain to hike the Camino Trail. We walked together for a while chatting about my journey. We parted ways when Brown decided it was time for a dip in the river. He wouldn't even wait for me to take his pack off, he just went right in. I couldn't blame him it was a warm day.
I reached Mariemont an adorable community. Stopped at Graters Ice Cream and got a frozen limeade. Then I reached Hyde Park an even more adorable town. While walking on the sidewalk past a thai restaurant a man eating on the patio called out to me. He lives a block away from the trail and hosts hikers and asked if I needed a place to camp for the night. It wasn't too late and I really wanted to reach Eden Park but I knew camping there would be a challenge, so I said yes. After he finished his dinner we went back to his house. I set up my tent and then we went for a ride.
Bart is a realtor and ambassador for the area. He had lived here since the 60's. He gave me the most incredible tour of Hyde Park, Eden Park, Cincinnati and her surrounding neighborhoods. Even a tour of the University of Cincinnati. This city is beautiful and her row houses remind me of DC. Afterwards we ended up at Graters ice cream and Bart bought me an ice cream cone. Such an awesome city and a great tour. I can't wait to walk through tomorrow and take a bunch of pictures.
Thank you readers. Thank you Connie and Mike. Thank you Emily. Thank you Bart.