Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Day 54

DATE: February 23
MILES: 154.5
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.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Day 50

DATE: February 19
MILES: 141
Back on another long stretch of rural Ohio, southwest of Zanesville heading for Lancaster.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Day 46

DATE: February 15
MILES: 133.8
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.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Day 40

DATE: February 9
MILES: 113

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."

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Day 37

DATE: February 6
MILES: 104.9

I did 5.3 miles during Snowpocalypse. Might have been easier a little further southwest in Ohio, where I currently "am."

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Day 34

DATE: February 3

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.