Tag: BT

Reaching the Halfway Point—Part Three

by guest blogger Bonnie Spencer   Part 1, Part 2 October 30, 2017 All week, we have been watching the forecast for eastern Ohio. It appears as though there will be no escaping some rain, perhaps heavy; some winds, perhaps blustery; and some chilly mornings. Our rain gear and warmer clothes are packed. I’ve been reading the trail map for the Bowerston section. It is peppered with words and phrases such as “ascends,” “climbs,” “descends,” “over the hill,” “over the steep hill” (italics mine), “ridge top,” “undulate,” and “up the long hill.” Whew! I’m not …

Reaching the Halfway Point—Part Two

by guest blogger Bonnie Spencer   Part 1, Part 3 October 16, 2017 Day 6 (Monday): Mogadore to Hartville (10.5 trail miles) We are rested up and in good shape for another week of hiking. The stitches have been removed from my nose, so I don’t have to bother with Band-Aids to cover them. A cold sore that appeared in the corner of my mouth on the previous trip up while hiking and stressing in all that heat is finally better. It was super painful and wouldn’t heal. This is the first morning I didn’t …

Reaching the Halfway Point—Part One

by guest blogger Bonnie Spencer   Part 2, Part 3 October 2, 2017 This will be the fifth 10-percenter that CW and I have hiked together (a 10-percenter being roughly ten percent of the Buckeye Trail). Since we’ve already gone from the southwest corner of Ohio to the northeast corner, it seems as though we have hiked half the trail. However, we won’t actually reach the halfway mark in miles until sometime during the second week of this fall hike. We will be doing the Mogadore, Massillon, and Bowerston sections of the BT. Recently we …

To the Farthest Points North—Part Three

by guest blogger Bonnie Spencer   Part 1, Part 2 April 25, 2017 CW and I are hiking the Burton section of the Buckeye Trail this week. It begins where we left off at Lake Erie our last trip up and runs south through Painesville, Chardon, and Burton. Since we’re back to hiking by ourselves, we’re also back to driving two cars. The forecast looks as though we’ll have two nice days followed by two days of rain and thunderstorms. Whatever the conditions, we need to knock out a lot of miles in four days …

To the Farthest Points North—Part Two

by guest blogger Bonnie Spencer   Part 1, Part 3 April 11, 2017 This week the trail will take us northwest to Lake Erie as we hike the Bedford section. We have watched the weather forecast for several days. Though most days should be warm enough, basically we are seeing rain throughout the week, with possible snow on Friday. Not what we want to see. CW talked with Bob Morecki, the Bedford section supervisor. He told us there was a section that hikers call Muddy Lane. After our last week up, that should be a …

To the Farthest Points North—Part One

by guest blogger Bonnie Spencer   Part 2, Part 3 March 29, 2017 CW and I scheduled our spring 10-percenter hike to be completed by Buckeye TrailFest at the end of April. That put our first week of hiking back into March. We will do three sections of the Buckeye Trail in northeast Ohio—the points of the BT farthest from our home. Our hike will start from the point where we ended last fall, where three sections come together. For those not familiar with the BT configuration, this is possible on the circular trail because …