I'm curious to see how many of them are geotagged? That's the primary reason for doing this. And some of them that aren't, I can embed a tag after the fact. Those that are tagged can be imported into Google Earth. When The Robot had a different configuration, I did this. But their Google Earth properties are based on the previous file structure and those embedded placemarks might not read anymore.
Visual maintenance records for the Whipple Section - Buckeye/ North Country Trail are among them. I'm hoping to take plenty of geotagged photos when I hike through the rest of the Scioto Trail, Sinking Spring and West Union Sections - Buckeye/ North Country/ American Discovery Trail.
A member of the Buckeye Trail Association's Facebook group recently just got his first smartphone. The question is could one last 10 years. And I'm skeptical that one could go that long. I have one now that was on the market maybe 3 or 4 years ago. And right now, I'm having problems with it's 25GB of internal memory. The internal memory can't be upgraded and many apps force themselves to be installed there. And now, my operating system won't read the two drives when it's tethered.
This was the missing piece. After I got done with California, I forgot that I skipped a head and when I reviewed Nevada's track, I found that I wasn't done after all. That's it, I have tracks for the ADT from coast to coast now.
A couple who were already ADT thru hikers did another one. And they finished a track as well. My guess is that they might have gone on the latest thru hike to field test it? My tracks are a bit rough in some places. And I've never been on a thru hike (I did this all from the desk). So, without knowing, I'd probably judge theirs to be superior. Being on the ground is a another story. I could have easily mistracked the trail in places like Utah or Nevada. When they're available, I'd go with their tracks, too.
Right now, my tracks are great for plotting the locations of commercial campgrounds, hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, hostels, libraries, post offices and grocers. I only work with stated amenities and discount incidental trail angels. Couchsurfing and AirBnB was covered in a previous log entry and can require some lengthy preparation.
All this information is necessary to write what I like to refer to as a "mock hiker." it's a document that details the day to day mileages of a typical thru, and 10 mile per day hiker. It's "mock" because the hiker is imaginary. And I'm not intending to get to it soon. The tracking project took 19 days. If I remember being new to mapping correctly, this could taken the average person 6 months to prepare months to prepare. I gotta say... that's too long.
Something that I've done with the Buckeye Trail (which also has mostly fixed amenities) is that I've analyzed it. I've heard it said that hikers cover the trail in all different ways. But when you have a typical, or average time frame, that makes things easier because it's now a matter of how to do it, what mileages and where?
Now this might reveal that certain places have amenity gaps. This is where the hiker on the route is at the end of their stamina, but there's no place to sleep. But it's not exactly the "end of the world." There is a method that I like to apply last and that is transit. Sometimes you can find it in the smallest counties. I apply it last because it's antithetical to the notions of some hikers. Yet they aren't always aware that certain rural transit agencies use Dodge Caravans.
There's also something else... the American Discovery Trail has up and coming state committees for which they need volunteers for. If your interested, you should contact a state coordinator and let them know. But there is one thing that they might be able to do. North Country Trail and other agency is already doing it. It's about re-occurring trail angels. Some of them might be willing to go on a roster, but where they're names and contact information won't go on a web page? It's only available to those who request it.
From time to time, the plastic cup looses suction where the goose neck and smartphone fall over. If I had to do it again, I would use some plastic putty from JB Weld and permanently attach it. A thin layer on the suction cup ought to do.
The goose neck should last indefinitely, but the smartphone mount's side constrictors have foam like padding. After a while from being depressed a lot, the padding will become ineffective. There are two things that I can do about that. One is that I might be able to use thin strips of duct tape to adhere to pieces of rubber foam insulation used on pipes. The other is to buy another backplate and goose neck, but only use the new backplate on the existing stem. In case you don't know, the backplate has a slot that allows you to separate it from the goose neck.
The ADT in Nevada and California are the only remaining states that haven't tracked yet.
- The "My Places" in my Google Earth application is about 185 megabytes. The last time that I checked, that's a lot of data for mapping.
I had to get memberships in a bunch of websites today, pulling tracks from other sources. Usually, I map a segment in one, two or rarely 3 pieces. Segment 5 took 10. I'm not sure how much better Utah and California might be?
I've been tracking the ADT quickly. I'm probably making it look easy. Well, I've been doing this on distance trails for the last 4 years now. And I have a method that's down pat. It took years to master this kind of mapping.
I don't have my pen tablet working and wish I did. It's a 5in x 8in touchpad with some padding. I have a pen that goes with it that has a special tip for making contact with it. Normally, these are used by applied artist and graphic designers for drawling. It has a button that I touch with my index finger and I usually configure it to simulate a repeated left click. That way as I trace, or draw a custom track in Google Earth, it constantly lays down anchors. It hasn't been needed too much so far, but I'm thinking that it's going to come in handy on ADT's Western Region.
The Buckeye Trail is a 1,440 mile circle within the four corners of Ohio. From Pennsylvania, the North Country Trail is independent of the Buckeye for 84 miles until it reaches the 3-way intersection in the historic Village of Zoar in Tuscarawas County.
American Discovery Trail comes out of Parkersburg, West Virginia and enters Belpre of Washington County. It's independent for about 32 miles until just east of Chesterhill in Marion Township of Morgan County.
Then the Buckeye, North Country and American Discovery Trails run concurrent for about 7 1/2 of Buckeye's southern sections until the City of Milford in Clermont County (near Cincinnati). Buckeye wasn't always a circle, so Eden Park is the site of Buckeye's present day honorary Southern Terminus. At Milford, ADT towards California turns south while the NCT towards North Dakota splits north and continues along Buckeye's main circle.
About 5 of Buckeye's sections further north is where the Buckeye and North Country split on the Miami & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Liberty Township of Henry County towards Battle Creek, Mi and again, North Dakota.
I just finished tracking Iowa and Nebraska on the American Discovery trail. As you see, I use red. It's kind of an Ohio thing. Buckeye and North Country's track colors are that of their blaze paint. ADT doesn't blaze, so I just assigned them as red so that white can be reserved as the inverse color for by-passes and spurs.
For the ADT, I only have Ohio's done. And for the most part, BT/ NCT doesn't use them. When an ADT adventurist has a question about the concurrency, they should contact Buckeye. That's because Buckeye mostly administers the route there. Trail maintenance is Buckeye only. Buckeye has more many more volunteers. There other examples as well. But those bypasses are ADT only. I don't suppose that BT people are going to know much about them. And as for the ADT's Facebooks, another and myself are the only ones out here. If a question occurs regarding those by-passes, we might be the only readily accessible people who'd know who'd know anything about them. On Buckeye Trail's Facebook group, a question concerning these could arise. In which case, they might need a translator (me).
So far, I've got everything between Delaware and the Denver area tracked. I have no idea how big this loop is, yet? I'm not planning on traveling it. The next step is track the Western Region and then I'll be complete. The second phase is to continue populating my camping/ lodging data. Once that's done, I can write a mock hiker document, determine what it takes to get across the trail in 6 months and if there's any need for amenity improvements? If there are, could public transit solve some of those issues?
The only place that I don't have any data for on this map is Clark State Forest on ADT Indiana's South Mid-West Route.
For a running list, I currently have ADT tracks for:
Maryland (incld. DC)
Ohio NMR & SMR
Indiana NMR & SMR
Illinois NMR & SMR
Colorado NMR & SMR (but not west of Denver yet)
- The largest city on the ADT is San Francisco, California at (population).
This is from the US Forest Service - Wayne National Forest's Facebook page.
U.S. FOREST SERVICE PROJECT WILL CLOSE AND RESTORE HAUGHT RUN CAMPGROUND
The Haught Run Campground Decommissioning Project may be implemented immediately
NELSONVILLE, Ohio (January 13, 2017) – Athens District Ranger Jason A. Reed of the Wayne National Forest signed the Final Decision Notice for the Haught Run Campground Decommissioning Project on Tuesday, January 3rd. He selected Alternative 3 for implementation. Alternative 3 involves permanently closing and restoring the campground and the short access road entirely within it, and administratively removing an oil and gas well access road from the Forest Service System of Roads. There will be no work on Haught Run Road itself or on the Covered Bridge Trail.
The campground is located along the Little Muskingum River in Ludlow and Independence Townships, Washington County, Ohio, and is part of the Marietta Unit of the Athens Ranger District.
The U.S. Forest Service has determined that permanently closing the campground is needed in order to protect human health and safety. Haught Run Campground has been and continues to be impacted by extensive bank erosion along a curve in the Little Muskingum River. Currently three out of four campsites are unsafe to occupy. Because of how the campground is situated between Haught Run, the Little Muskingum River, and a ridge, there is no room to move the campsites to safer spots. An emergency closure order was issued in 2014 and the campground remains closed. Despite the closure order, there is evidence that people are still occupying the campground and have been using the sites that are most at risk for continuous streambank erosion.
“It is of the utmost importance that we provide destinations that are safe to all visitors and those who live in and around the Wayne National Forest,” stated Reed. “This river and the surrounding lands offer endless opportunities to experience the forests and wildlife of southeast Ohio. We will continue to talk with the community about recreational opportunities in this area.”
Several other camping opportunities exist on the Marietta Unit that offer a similar experience to Haught Run, including Hune Bridge, Ring Mill, Lane Farm, and Lamping Homestead Campgrounds.
Decommissioning activities include removing pavement, fire rings, picnic tables, and structures. A mix of native and non-native, non-invasive plants and trees will be seeded in. Rock would be used to block off the area until vegetation is re-established.
The project may be implemented immediately.
I can't get the standalone application "shp2kml" to work. When I rolled my computer's clock back to 1/1/2011, it shut down my Internet access. And it kept giving me a bogus error every time I tried to convert to KML. I've been trying all night to covert the shapefiles of 9 more national forests along the American Discovery Trail. So, I purchased a license for "Shape2Earth" for $39.99. It could take them a couple hours to process my purchase, so I'll catch up with my email for a serial number this afternoon sometime.
When I get all those forests converted, I'll upload the entire pack so that prospective adventurists online can download and open them in Google Earth at home. I'll also link them in a post on the American Discovery Trail's Facebook Group. If the forest allows dispersed camping, it must take place on lands that the federal government actually owns.
The map repository on my hard drive needed to be reorganized in order to save and open North County and American Discovery files better. It's organized by trail agency, state and providence. And the folders are numbered and named to force them order based on one of their trail's terminators.
Once scanned, it should probably be saved as an image file, such as ".jpg" or ".png" format. T-shirt press paper can be purchased from your local big box office supply store. While not entirely necessary, one might want to position as many patches on computer software as possible so that they don't have to waste paper on just one. This is a thermal transfer paper that uses an iron, steam, a pillow sheet and the image on the t-shirt paper itself. It only works with an inkjet printer (lasers won't work).
|Pemberville Section - Buckeye Trail, taken in the first quarter of 2010.|
These roads do get snow covered and they're not always plowed as much as a highway. During those times, foot gear like "YakTrax" are a must to wear. Snowshoes are almost never needed. As of the date of this log, the Pemberville and it's neighboring section, the Norwalk are almost entirely on-road. Its a part of the trail that many day hikers put off and dread covering. But if they own more conventional gear and don't wish to take on the expense of snowshoes or skis, then this area in the winter is the place to be. And that's because it's one of the only places in that season that they can hike. With YakTrax, Pemberville and Norwalk Sections are cold, but they're almost always open for business.
|The Village of Murray City in Hocking County, Ohio as viewed from the New Straitsville Section - Buckeye Trail (North Country and American Discovery concurrent).|
|Senecaville Lake, part of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District as seen from the Belle Valley Section - Buckeye Trail (North Country concurrent)|
I've got a big meat pressure canning day planned for tomorrow. At some point, I'm going to probably pick up a vegetable canner. I'm being held accountable by my nutritional.
The day after tomorrow, I'll get the full brake job done on my 2008 Chevy HHR LS. The sooner I can do that, the sooner I can leave to hike the remaining Buckeye/ North Country/ American Discovery trail in South Central Ohio. A buddy of mine sounds like he's going to complete the circuit before I do, but I might have an edge on completing all 3 in Ohio?
Yesterday, I finally got access to my gear bin. And I used my own Full Generic Gear Inventory to create my next packing list. The trouble with the winter is that I have find all of my thermal gear. If it's not in the bin, I'll have to buy it before I launch. The winter can be lethal.
I don't have all of my pictures sorted into their proper folders, yet. I wish that I would have of had one for you today.
I know what to do. Unfortunately, I'm a long ways off from doing it. It's the amatur GPS mapping class. I hope to host it near my part of the Buckeye/ North Country Trail in the Mid-Ohio Valley (Marietta (OH)/ Parkersburg (WV) area. Afterwards, I can upload a video for those elsewhere around the world. This class will likely require an overnight and take at least two days. I'll probably have to schedule a hike in between just to give them a diversion from all that I'm going to load their brains up with. But the benefit of being there might be so that the participants can ask questions.
I'm always on the lookout for a future Buckeye TrailFest location near New Matamoras, Caldwell, McConnelsville, Athens, Marietta and Belpre of Ohio, then New Martinsburg, Middleborne, Ellenboro, Elizabeth, St. Marys, and Parkersburg of West Virginia. The TrailFest has specific needs. It needs to primitive camp about 50 tents, have indoor sleeping accommodations for about 15, space for 7 RV's, 6 small classrooms, or chambers that can be converted to it, a kitchen and enough indoor seating. A chamber needs to be used for a indoor reception area. There also needs to be an indoor shocase area that's about 200sq feet in size. It will then need a room of about 300sq feet for an auction.
The last TrailFest was supposed to be SE Ohio's, but it ended up in Zoar of Tuscarawas County because finding a facility like this in SEO has been very difficult. If you know of a facility, please contact me at email@example.com.
As for the amenity gap between Delaware and Maryland on the 10 miler rate, centered on Taber State Forest... I tried. Taber is located in one of the most remote parts of Kent County (where Dover, Delaware is). That county has paratransit, so Taber itself is only accessible to handihikers and physically handicapped cyclists. It's on a corner and Sussex County doesn't have a transit agency that will get near there and Caroline County, Maryland has fixed routes which get near the trail. But in the westbound direction, so much stamina would have been exerted getting that far down trail by this audience that there's nothing left to complete an unmarked amenity spur to the bus.
It's not working out. For right now, I'd say that my inexperience with Google Docs is probably the cause. But it is working for just me and I had my packing list for my upcoming hike in South Central Ohio on the Buckeye/ North Country/ American Discovery Trail made and printed out.
A Level 3 is also called a "snow emergency." Once the hiker is aware of it, they can't legally travel another inch when the trail is on-road. The question is can the hiker legally set up their tent and take shelter on private property with or without the owner's permission given the circumstances? You folks out there might like to debate that one. Comments can be posted at the bottom of this log.
The laptop's purpose is to serve as a second screen at Home Port, otherwise, it just has a reduced role on the road. It's performed admirably. I don't even like AMD's. The only reason why I bought it was because it was on sale at Walmart on Black Friday 2012 and my previous unit was having problems with it's power button.
The Robot is still running without the manufacturer's drivers for it's motherboard and graphics cards. But considering the problems that I had with the previous installation of the operating system, for now, I'm willing to "let sleeping dogs lie."
My prior lower back injury took years to heal. Now, it just needs to heal. Pretty much, my doctors are just telling me to use a machine to work it out. But I might as well hike. On some lengthy routes, it should strengthen it? But I have a smaller living space and things here at home port are still kind of cluttered. My queen size box frame and mattress is lifted about 36" off the floor with my custom bed frame. Most of my gear is in the storage area underneath. I'm "fighting" to get it cleared right now.
I have doubts that the clutch is going to make it much more in my 2008 Chevy HHR LS. And I know that the wheel barrings in the front and the brake shoes in the back are about to go. It might be time for rear drums, too? They were squeaking quite a bit recently. The car has about 178,000 miles on it now.
Ten Mile Per Day
The SE arm independent of the Buckeye Trail
Thru Hike and Ten Miler
In the area of Scioto Trail Section - Buckeye/ North Country/ American Discovery Trail, Point 09 of the current Buckeye Trail map & guide as of this date.
Previously, I wrote about camping/ lodging amenity gaps on the American Discovery trail in Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia. Sometimes, these can be fixed with a new private camp host that could be documented and obtained by the adventurist somehow, or the trail could be re-routed so that it brings the hiker 2 - 4 miles from the amenity depending on the terrain of where such a gap occurs?
All this could be handled by ADT's new state committees. It might be just one of their functions. But as of the date of this log, most them are very new. If you'd like to volunteer for one of these, you should contact the ADT state coordinator for the area your interested in. That directory is linked here.
As of today, this log's had 9,845 pageviews. 914 of those have been in the last 30 days.
- Blogger does not like conforming to the configuration of my document monitor.
I've been working with Google Earth and my ADT - WV GPS track. In the westbound direction for generally 10 mile per day hikers, beginning in Maryland at Segment 4 - Mi 164.67, there is an amenity gap for 66.82 total miles into West Virginia.
Assuming that the thru hike rate in this part of West Virginia is 15 miles per day, with amenity spurs no longer than 3mi, I work with a 3mi reserve, total daily output not to exceed 18.0 total miles, then I am aware of an amenity gap at this rate in the Keyser, WV area. But I'll be going off the bed soon and I might not get back to this project for weeks. That's unless somebody needs logistical assistance, then maybe sooner.
Anyways, my dual monitors worked well with ADT's guide in the document one and Google Earth in the other. My document monitor is like reading a 19in page... I hardly have to scroll. For those that are unfamiliar with this, my setup uses one keyboard and mouse. When I want an application on the other monitor, I just drag it over. And since the document monitor is to the left, all I have to do is more the mouse left and the pointer shows up there. DISCLAIMER: most of you don't need the computer setup that I have :-)).
Today, was also the first time that I worked with my re-programmable keypad. I was using one key to make placemarks that ordinarily take take take 3 key strokes. I only have 6 of it's keys programmed for Google Earth. Some if that applications functions doesn't have any keystrokes and I wish they did.
What I think is that we should have our own fee based shuttle service and app. And those of us who sign up as drivers, we don't need a 4x4 drive vehicle. The areas one could reach would just be unavailable. But those of us with larger autos could advertise that they have bike carriers, ATV and horse trailers for instance.
With the North Country Trail, I would have been able to read the chapter websites on one monitor while plotting waypoints for the end of their spans on the other. But since that's already done, there still might be use for the document monitor? It could be used to write a track for the American Discovery Trail And that track can be used to determine if it has any thru hike deficiencies and create the most through file on public libraries, laundromats, post offices, campsites, campgrounds, hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts and hostels within 2 - 4 miles of the trail.