Still taking U.S. 22 through Ohio. Just passed through Somerset, where Civil War Union General Philip Sheridan grew up. In the town center, I went by his statue, Ohio's only equestrian Civil War monument.
Finally undone by endless snow, having slipped on wet ice and banged my shin real good. On my virtual walk, this occured at Mile 131 just east of Zanesville, near the Sunrise Shopping Center (see below). Zanesville was the home of cowboy author Zane Grey. The town is also the location of the nation's only Y-shaped bridge, which is sadly not open to pedestrians.
I'm just west of Cambridge, Ohio, on U.S. 22, which 'round these parts is known as the John Glenn Highway.
Cambridge is relatively notable: It's the birtplace of Glenn and Hopalong Cassidy; the "crossroads of Ohio" where I-70, I-77 and US 40/22 intersect; and a well-known glassmaking center ("Cambridge glass").
The town dates from the turn of the 19th century, and the city's Web site offers this insight into its foundation: "Another group of early settlers from the Isle of Guernsey in the British Channel pitched camp in 1806 in Cambridge because the women in the party refused to move on."
Still in rural Ohio; have just passed through Piedmont. Seems the highlight of the area is Piedmont Lake, created in 1937 when the Army Corps of Engineers built a dam. Home of Big Fish: 55-pound muskie, and catfish in the 50-to 70-pound range.
In 2010, I virtually walked from Pittsburgh to Lafitte's, a bar in New Orleans. In 2011, I'm continuing on, heading west across Texas for Las Cruces, New Mexico. My destination there is El Comedor, a Mexican restaurant.
Each day, I apply what I walk to a set of Google map walking directions. From New Orleans to Las Cruces, it's 1,122 miles (45 miles more than the 1,077 I walked last year). Join me as I spend most of the year crossing the widest part of the Longhorn State.