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Once again, we have two days of walking taking up a single blog update. It is becoming normal that folks wish to talk...and yesterday, my host, Ron Brown, chatted with me until late into the evening...and again for nearly two hours in the morning before SAM and ME again took to the road. Simply leaving no time to spend at the computer.
Please say HELLO to GENE. Before walking out of the town of Circleville two days ago, stopped in at the local restaurant, where Gene and I struck up a conversation...after which Gene treated me to breakfast...very much appreciated, as my Social Security $$ need a bit of support now and again.
We have been walking across the relatively flat lands of Eastern Ohio for the past couple days. The area in front of us will bring back small hills, making our progress a bit slower.
We did, however, walk and roll a total of 37 miles before reaching the town of LONDON, Ohio two nights ago (it is now 7:00 am, Thursday May 30...)
Quite a few new tractors and disc machines travel the Ohio roads...fields are being prepared for planting...corn has actually been planted a few days ago, with the seedlings already a few inches out of the ground.
Being relatively flat in Central Ohio, the few streams flowing along the roadways tend to be shallow and slow moving.
Our first significant hill was reached at the outskirts of the town of MT. STERLING Ohio.
The "stranded" pickup truck in this photograph has being playing "leap frog" with SAM and ME the past hour or so. Once again SAM and ME pass the unfortunate driver, who is frantically trying to again start his motor...to no avail this time.
Downtown Mt. Sterling. To the camera's right is a restaurant where I stopped for a bite of lunch (Buffet) @ $7.00.
Mt. Sterling street...with passing railroad tracks.
A typical Mt. Sterling home.
Out in the country side, many older homes and barns are falling to the ground...the wooden construction having rotted away.
Another of my new friends. Cows and horses are somehow fascinated by SAM and ME...especially when I talk to them...they often follow us as we walk the road beside their pasture.
Interstate 71 (I-71)
Many truly beautiful homes and properties are found along our Route 56.
Late in the day, SAM and ME finally reach the rather large town of LONDON, Ohio...some 37 miles from our starting point this morning in Circleville. Yes, I am foot weary, hungry, and quite tired.
We also discover that there are NO motels in town...one must walk some 10 miles to find the next motel.
London sports a number of elegant older municipal and religious buildings.
...together with many stately mansions...the above one recently modified into an elegant Bed & Breakfast. I was directled to ANDREA'S B&B by a local "Mason" (Deputy Sheriff), as the only possible place in town to find a bed for the night.
SAM contemplates the converted back-yard garage...now a fully serviced HOSTEL for passing bikers. Finding our $$ resources to be limited, the owner suggested we consider the Hostel for the night...instead of the rather costly B&B rooms.
Two bunk beds are provided in "shared" rooms for hostel travelers...toilet, showers, fridge, freezer, computer table, and storage area is available for $25.00 per night.
Please say HELLO to RON BROWN, owner of our B&B. Ron and I immediately started in on rather lengthy conversation(s), spending hours chatting during the evening and again in the morning...during which Ron gifted me a delicious breakfast...not normally offered to Hostel guests.
Of course, there remained NO time to do our computer work, se we again skipped our blog update.
Please say HELLO to GEORGE...the right hand man of Ron. George managed and maintained the Hostel ...in fact, George appears to have his own living quarters along with the eight bunk beds in the Hostel building.
Finally ending our hours-long conversations, SAM and ME said Goodbye to Ron and George...walking out of London, Ohio, past those many elegant homes...and a few not so well maintained...as above.
As with nearly all dogs encountered, this young lady was boisterous, loud, and tried to be threatening. She became instant friends when I chatted with her...our owner walking out of the house to join us. "She is all bark...and a real pussycat...says the owner...but most don't challenge her as you did..."
A rather nicely constructed fountain / pond in the front yard of a local farm house.
Hills are beginning to show themselves in the distance.
...some of which are long and steep..
This big guy is one of three horses which trotted over to me at the roadside fence. The other two were also "Paint" (White with color)...and fully dominated by the above fellow. He insisted on laying his muzzle on my shoulder, demanding to be caressed and spoken to. The other two tried to get chummy, too, but were pushed back by this guy.
Six miles outside the town of URBANA...our destination for today, lies the small village of MUTUAL...a village of neat-as-pin homes...with equally neat and pleasant residents.
Please say HELLO to MELISSA. I held SAM back as Melissa turned her SUV into the paved driveway, stopped, got out, and purposely walked up to SAM and ME...and where are you walking from...and to...Melissa asks me.
10 minutes of chatting and exchanging cards, Melissa clarifies her immediate mission..."Oh, says she", with that impish grin...I just stopped to pick up my mail...pointing to the mail box across from the driveway.
I felt kinda dumb founded...fantasizing Melissa stopped to chat with me...when she made it abundantly clear that SAM and ME had blocked her way - thinking she had stopped to chat with us - from picking up her mail.
From her mannerisms and grin, she was immensly enjoying herself as she led me along...making all OK, tho, by giving me a warm hug before skipping across the highway to fetch her mail.
Once again I am reminded: We see that which we expect to see...such is not always what it seems.
Main street - SR 29 - of the comfy town of Mutual, Ohio.
One city block of Melissa's house, James, top right, RUNS from his home to intercept SAM and ME...with the usual questions: from where do you come...to where are you going...you need water...you hungry...
Please say HELLO to (youngest to oldest)
JOSALYN (3 years)
MAKAYLI (8 years)
MAKENZI (11 years - who gave me a hug)
JAMES (Father of the girls)
DIANE (Step Mother)
Keeping the ice water flowing, this delightful family kept me chatting for over one hour...reluctant even then, to let me be on my way. As so often is the case, my most difficult moment walking is that moment when we must say Goodbye...achieved this time only after agreeing that when (not if) I again walk this way, I will stay longer.
Arriving in the outskirts of the town of URBANA, Ohio, I stopped in at the local Mexican restaurant...then a bit of shopping at KROGER'S Supermarket...then a pleasurable stop at BIG BOYS for a LARGE Milk Shake - and conversation with the staff...one young woman who begged me to take her with SAM and ME...
Then across the street to a motel, where I have enjoyed a restful - but much too short - sleep. Too tired to complete this blog udate last night, have managed to have it ready to post to the internet...time now being 7:55am.
Will complete the posting to GOOGLE and FACEBOOK, pack up SAM, and begin our 25-mile walk and roll to our next destination...the town of PIQUA, Ohio. Rain and thunder is predicted for the next three days.
We shall see...