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2017/08/21

Log 08/21/2017

- I'm preparing for a total of 4 thru and 1 circuit hikers to come through Road Fork and Whipple Sections through Noble, Monroe, Washington and Morgan Counties in September.  Road Fork's supervisor was called today.

- I found the patches that I'll give out to the first seven hikers that complete the Buckeye/ North Country Trail on OH-26.  Right now, that's as close as I can come currently to a completion patch for The Wilderness Loop.  For those of you who don't know, those OH-26 portions are very short.  But considering that it's already made and I didn't have to purchase them in 300 bulk, it made sense to get them.

2017/08/15

DVI Y Cable

The Robot is a large computer that I use for distance trail mapping.  As it is a piece of equipment that I use in volunteerism, it's a part of this log.

I have three monitor computer system.  I have a VGA one as a document monitor, the other two are on a DVI "Y" cable.  If I plug in one of the monitors with the other one on, I'll get lines in the one that's already powered on.  To get rid of them, I just have to power the second DVI monitor on, and then maybe off for the lines to go away.

2017/08/13

Cost Analysis for the Buckeye Trail (Without Transit) - August 2017

Specifications:

Average Thru Hike of 90 days entails generally 24 mile days in the west, north and east of the Buckeye Trail, where the south from present day Belle Valley 25 to Shawnee 26 is at generally 18 miles per day, but both do not take into account the actual locations of the trail's fixed amenities.

Reserve Mileage: 5.88mi WEN/ 3.6mi S

Spur Limit To Amenity: 4.0mi WEN/ 3.6mi S

All amenity spur lengths under 0.1mi are not counted

Total Combined Daily Mileage Limit: 29.88mi W, E & N/ 21.6 S

Penalty for exceeding 24.0/ 18.0 miles in a day on this document = Automatic Zero

Zero Frequency: roughly no more than every 21 days (excluding excessive mileage penalties)

Resupply frequency: no greater than every 4 days with exceptions

Time to complete the circuit at this rate: 97 days

Illegal stealth camping is not supported by this document.

Camping/ lodging costs were tabulated for July and August of 2017.  Those rates tend to cost more.

Estimated cost for an unsupported hiker to complete the circuit (all 26 sections): $2,487.95
Camping/ lodging cost per mile: $1.72

Legend
Ld = Lodging
C = Campsite
Cg - Campground
Dis C - Dispersed Camp
WEN - the west, east and north of the BT
S - the South of the BT

BEGIN GENERAL 24 MILE DAYS

D01. Loveland 00.0 to 22.2429
Total Distance: 22.2429mi
Overnight: C - Loveland (approx)
Rate: $0
Initial Resupply: @ Mi 00.0
Resupply Possible: Enroute, Milford
Resupply Possible

D02. 22.2429 to 42.5616
Total Mileage: 20.3187
Overnight: C - Little Miami Canoe Rental
Rate: $23.00

D03. 42.5616 to Caesar Creek Section 15.5
Distance on trail: 18.8384
Distance from trail to C: 0.6mi
Overnight: C - Horseman's Group (Caesar Creek SP)
Rate: $18
Total Mileage: 19.4384mi

D04. 15.5 to 37.8
Distance from C to trail: 0.6mi
Distance on trail: 22.3mi
Overnight: Ld - Tecumseh Motel
Rate: $35
Total Mileage: 22.9mi
Resupply Possible: Enroute Spring Valley & Xenia (Walmart)

D05. 37.8 to Troy 02.58
Distance on trail: 20.58mi
Distance from trail to Ld: 1.1mi
Overnight: Ld - Red Roof Inn - Colonel Glenn Hwy/ Nutter Center
Rate: $74.99
Total Mileage: 21.38mi
Resupply PREFERRED

D06. 2.58 to 24.9
Distance from Ld to trail: 1.1mi
Distance on trail: 22.32
Distance from trail to C: 0.19
Overnight: C - Adventures on the Great Miami
Rate: $10
Total Mileage: 23.61mi
Resupply Possible: Enroute, Dayton, Huber Heights and Valdalia

D07. 24.9 to 45.1
Distance from C to trail: 0.19mi
Distance on trail: 20.2mi
Distance from trail to Ld: 1.1mi
Overnight: Ld - Red Roof Inn & Suites Piqua
Rate: $46.76
Total Mileage: 21.79mi
Resupply PREFERRED

D08. 45.1 to St. Marys 9.92
Total Mileage: 15.32mi
Overnight: C - Cole Shelter
Rate: $0

D09. 9.92 to 29.1
Total Mileage: 19.18mi
Overnight: Upub C
Rate: $0
Resupply Possible

D10. 29.1 to Delphos 4.51
Total Mileage: 20.71mi
Overnight: C - Old Acadia Park
Rate: $0
Resupply Possible

D11. 4.51 to 15.5925
Distance on trail: 11.0825mi
Distace from trail to C: 0.14mi
Overnight: C - Primative
Total Mileage: 11.2225mi
Rate: $0
Resupply Possible

D12. 15.5925 to 38.95
Distance from Cg to trail: 0.14mi
Distance on trail: 23.3575mi
Distance from trail to Ld: 2.9mi
Overnight: C - Grand Lake St. Marys SP
Rate: $23
Total Mileage: 26.3975mi
Resupply Possible

EXCESSIVE MILEAGE
D13. ZERO DAY
C - Grand Lake St. Marys SP
Rate: $23
Resupply Here

D14. 35.8 to Delphos 08.48
Distance from Ld to trail: 1.0mi
Distnace on trail: 17.98mi
Overnight: C - Shelter
Total Mileage: 18.98mi
Rate: $0

D15. Delphos 08.48 to 14.7823
Distance on trail: 6.3023mi
Distance from trail to C: 0.14mi
Overnight: C - Primative
Total Mileage: 6.4423mi
Rate: $0
Resupply Possible

D16. 14.7823 to 33.3
Distance from C to trail: 0.14mi
Distance on trail: 18.5177mi
Overnight: C - Hipps Lock
Total Mileage: 18.6177mi
Rate: $0

D17. 33.3 to Defiance 10.5
Distance on trail: 21.8008mi
Distance from trail to Ld: 1.7mi
Overnight: Super 8 Defiance
Rate: $66.99
Total Mileage: 23.5008mi
Resupply PREFERRED

D18. 10.5 to 30.5
Distance from Ld to trail: 1.7mi
Distance on trail: 20.0mi
Distance from trail to Ld: 0.7mi
Overnight: Ld - Napoleon Inn & Suites
Rate: $78.99
Total Mileage: 22.4mi
Resupply Possible

D19. 30.5 to 43.2
Distance from Ld to trail: 1.7mi
Distance on trail: 13.2mi
Distance from trail to Cg: 1.22mi
Overnight: Cg - Mary Jane Thurston SP
Rate: $20
Total Mileage: 16.12mi
Resupply LIMITED

D20. 43.2 to Pemberville 3.5
Distance from Cg to trail: 1.22
Distance on Trail: 14.8mi
Overnight: C - Phil & Julie Wenig
Rate: $0
Total Mileage: 14.92mi
Resupply Possible: Enroute, Waterville

D21. 3.5 to 23.35
Distance on trail: 20.35mi
Distance from trail to C: 2.18mi
Overnight: C - Black Swamp Conservancy
Rate: $0
Total Mileage: 22.53mi
Resupply Possible

D22. 23.35 to 45.5848
Distance from C to trail: 2.18mi
Distance on trail: 22.2348mi
Overnight: Ld - Bartlett's Old Orchard Motel
Rate: $52.00
Total Mileage: 22.71mi
Resupply Possible Walmart

D23. 45.5848 to Norwalk 10.2
Distance on trail: 20.8152mi
Distance from trail to Ld: 0.73mi
Overnight: Ld - Bellevue Hotel & Suites
Rate: $108.90
Total Mileage: 21.5452
Resupply Possible

D24. 10.2 to 24.9407
Distance from Ld to trail: 0.73mi
Distance on trail: 14.7407mi
Overnight: C - Ommert Historic Farm
Rate: $0
Total Mileage: 15.4707mi
Resupply Possible: Enroute, Norwalk

D25. 24.9407 to 36.1
Distance on trail: 11.1593
Distance from trail to Cg: 2.4mi
Overnight: Cg - Schaun Acres
Rate: $27
Total Mileage: 13.3593mi
Resupply Possible: Enroute, Wakeman

D26. 36.1 to Medina CCW 54.7719
Distance from Cg to trail: 2.4mi
Distance on trail: 15.4281mi
Overnight: Cg - Findley SP
Total Mileage: 17.8281mi
RATE: $25.00

D27. CCW 54.7719 to CCW 45.5601
Distance on trail: 9.2118mi
Distance from trail to Cg: 0.61mi
Overnight: Cg - Sunset Lake Park
Rate: $27.00
Total Mileage: 9.8218mi
Resupply Possible: Enroute, Spencer

D28. CCW 45.5601 to CCW 25.2855
Distance from Cg to trail: 0.61mi
Distance on trail: 20.2746
Distance from trail to Ld: 1.22mi
Overnight: Ld - Motel 6 Cleveland - Medina
Rate: $46.99
Total Mileage: 22.1046mi
Resupply Possible

D29. ZERO DAY
Overnight: Ld - Motel 6 Cleveland - Medina
Rate: $46.99
Resupply Possible

D30. CCW 25.2855 to CCW 08.19
Distance from Ld to trail: 1.22mi
Distance on trail: 17.0955mi
Overnight: C - Richfield Heritage Preserve
$0
Permit Required
Total Mileage: 18.3155mi

D31. CCW 08.19 to Bedford 13.1
Distance on trail: 21.29mi
Distance from trail to Ld - 1.5mi
Overnight: Quality Inn & Suites Oakwood Village
Rate: $82
Total Mileage: 22.79mi
Resupply Possible: Enroute, Richfield, Bedford

D32. 13.1 to 32.45
Distance from Ld to trail: 1.5mi
Distance on trail: 19.35mi
Distance from trail to Ld: 2.5mi
Overnight: Ld - Comfort Inn Mayfield Heights East
Rate: $109.00
Total Mileage: 23.35mi
Resupply Possible Walmart

D33. 32.45 to 50.2
Distance from Ld to trail: 2.5mi
Distance on trail: 17.75mi
Overnight: C - Penitentiary Glenn LMP
Rate: $0
Total Mileage: 20.25mi

D34. 50.2 to Burton 04.15
Total Mileage: 19.75mi
Overnight: Ld - Rider's Inn
Rate: $90
Resupply Possible

D35. 04.15 to 14.89
Total Distance: 10.74mi
Overnight: Upub C
Rate: $0

D36. 14.89 to 35.7
Distance on trail: 20.81mi
Overnight: C - Headwaters Park GPD
Rate: $0
Resupply Possible: Enroute, Chardon (Walmart)

D37. 35.7 to 56.2224
Total Mileage: 20.5224mi
Overnight: C - Camp Ashbury
Rate: $0

D38. 56.2224 to Mogadore 19.5
Distance on trail: 20.3629mi
Distance from trail to C: 2.26mi
Overnight: C - West Branch SP
Rate: $24.00
Resupply Possible: Enroute, Ravenna

D39. 19.5 to 38.0172
Distance from trail to Ld: 2.26mi
Distance on trail: 18.5172mi
Distance from trail to Cg: 0.13mi
Overnight: Cg - Countryside
Rate: $25.00
Total Mileage: 20.9072mi
Resupply Possible: Enroute, Rootstown

D40. 38.0172 to Massillon 2.1
Distance from Cg to trail: 0.13mi
Distance on trail: 20.0799mi
Distance from trail to Ld: 1.0mi
Overnight: Ld - Comfort Suites (Hartville)
Rate: $108
Total Mileage: 21.2099mi
Resupply Possible

D41. 2.1 to 24.4292
Distance from Ld to trail: 1.0mi
Distance on trail: 22.3292mi
Distance from trail to Ld: 0.27mi
Overnight: Ld - Hampton Inn Massillon
Rate: $139
Total Mileage: 23.5992
Resupply Possible

D42. 24.4292 to 47.9
Distance from Ld to trail: 0.27mi
Distance on trail: 23.4708mi
Overnight: C - Camp Tuscazoar
Rate: $0
Total: 23.7408mi
Resupply Possible: Enroute, Massillon (Walmart), Navarre, Bolivar, Zoar

D43. 47.9 to Bowerston 11.9
Total Mileage: 18.6mi
Overnight: Cg - Leesville Lake
Rate: $25.00
Resupply Possible: Enroute, Sherrodsville,

D44. 11.9 to 28.7
Distance on trail: 16.8mi
Distance from trail to Cg: 1.3mi
Overnight: Cg - Tappan Lake Park
Total Mileage: 18.1mi
Rate: $28.00
Resupply Possible

D45. 28.7 to 52.04
Distance from Cg to trail: 1.3
Distance on trail: 23.34
Overnight: Cg - Piedmont Marina and Cg
Rate: $28
Total Mileage: 24.64mi

D46. EXCESSIVE MILEAGE
ZERO DAY
Cg - Piedmont Marina and Cg
Rate: $28

D47. 52.04 to Belle Valley 7.42
Distance from Cg to trail: 0.1mi
Distance on trail: 19.28mi
Distance from trail to Cg: 3.9mi
Overnight: Cg - Salt Fork CG - Main
Rate: $20.00
Total Distance: 23.28mi

D48. 7.42 to 22.6
Distance from Cg to trail: 3.9mi
Distance on trail: 15.18mi
Distance from trail to Ld: 1.1mi
Overnight: Ld - Pine Lakes Lodge
Rate: $189.28
Total Mileage: 20.18mi
Resupply Possible

D49. 22.6 to 45.3
Distance from Ld to trail: 1.1
Distance on trail: 22.7mi
Overnight: C - Wolf Run SP Youth
Rate: $20.00
Total Mileage: 23.8mi
Resupply Possible: Enroute, Senecaville
Resupply Possible

D50. 45.3 to 57.3mi
Total Mileage: 12.0mi
Overnight: Cg K - Bicentennial - AEP
Rate: $0
PERMIT AREA

BEGIN 18 MILE DAYS

D51. 57.3mi to Stockport 13.0
Distance on trail: 13.4mi
Distance from trail to Cg: 2.5mi
Overnight: Cg G - Maple Grove
Rate: $0
PERMIT AREA
Total Mileage: 15.9mi
Resupply Possible: Enroute, Reinersville

D52. 13.0 to 18.7
Distance from Cg to trail: 2.5mi
Distance on trail: 5.7mi
Overnight: C - Jay Stout Shelter
Rate $0
Total Mileage: 8.2mi

D53. 18.7 to 31.423
Total Mileage: 12.723
Overnight: Ld - The Hardware Inn of Stockport Bed and Breakfast
Rate: $89 (No Minimum Night Stay)
Resupply Possible

D54. 31.423 to 36.1
Distance on trail: 4.677mi
Distance from trail to C: 1.2mi
Overnight: C - Take Flight Retreat at Sunshine Hill Farm
Rate: $0
Total Mileage: 6.877mi

D55. 36.1 to 53.4
Distance from Ld to trail: 1.2mi
Distance on trail: 17.3mi
Overnight: C - Shew's Orchard
Rate: $0
Total Mileage: 18.5mi

D56. 44.4 to New Straitsville 6.25
Total Mileage: 11.85mi
Overnight: C - Burr Oak SP Boat Dock #3
Rate: $0

D57. 6.25 to 19.47
Total Mileage: 13.22mi
Overnight: Dis C
Rate: $0
Resupply Possible: Enroute, Glouster

D58. 19.47 to 37.4
Total Mileage: 17.93mi
Overnight: Dis C
Rate: $0
Resupply Possible: Shawnee (Village of)

D59. 37.4 to 50.6
Distance on trail: 13.2mi
Distance from trail to Dis C: 0.5mi
Overnight: Dis C
Rate: $0
Total Mileage: 13.7mi

D60. 50.6 to Old Man's Cave 06.55
Distance from Dis C to trail: 0.6mi
Distance on the trail: 17.65mi
Overnight: C - Fmr. OMC Supervisor
Rate: $0
Total Mileage: 18.25mi

D61. 06.55 to 12.7
Total Mileage: 6.15mi
Overnight: Cg - Lake Logan
Rate: $24 (estimated based on $30 camper fee from 2015)

D62. 12.7 to 28.5
Total Mileage: 15.8mi
Overnight: Cg - Old Man's Cave
Rate: $26.00
Resupply Possible

D63. 28.5 to 42.8
Total Mileage: 14.3mi
Overnight: C - BTA S Lawn
Rate: $0

D64. 42.8 to Scioto Trail 4.62
Total Mileage: 12.93mi
Overnight: C - Fire Tower
Rates: $4

D65. 4.62 to 23.0
Distance on trail: 18.38mi
Distance from trail to Upub C: 2.5mi
Overnight: Upub C
Rate: $0
Total Mileage: 20.88mi
Resupply Possible

EXCESSIVE MILEAGE
D66. ZERO DAY
Rate: $0
Resupply Here

D67. 23.0 to 35.0988
Distance from Upub C to trail: 2.5mi
Distance on trail: 12.0988mi
Overnight: Cg - Scioto Trail SP
Rate: $20.00
Total Mileage: 14.5988

D68. 35.0988 to 48.8
Total Mileage: 13.7012
Overnight: C - Mapleberry Farm
Rate: $0
Resupply Possible: Enroute, Waverly

D69. 48.8 to Sinking Spring 4.1
Total Mileage: 18.0mi
Overnight: Cg - L B
Rate: $15

D70. 4.1 to 20.9
Distance on trail: 16.8mi
Distance from trail to Cg: 0.18mi
Overnight: Cg - Butler Springs Christian
Total Mileage: 16.19mi
Rate: $0

D71. 20.9 to 35.46
Distance from Cg to trail: 0.18mi
Distance on trail: 14.56mi
Overnight: C - Friends of Serpent Mount
Rate: $0
Total Mileage: 14.74mi

D72. 35.46 to 43.2
Total Mileage: 7.74mi
Overnight: C - Good Seed Farms
Rate: $0

D73. 43.2 to Shawnee 07.0
Total Mileage: 17.6mi
Overnight: Upub C
Rate: $0
Resupply Possible: Enroute, Peebles

D74. Shawnee 07.0 to 22.7
Total Mileage: 15.7mi
Overnight: Cg - Ben's Happy Trails
Rate: $15

D75. 22.7 to 32.9
Total Mileage: 10.2mi
Overnight: C#7 - Shawnee SF
Rate: $0

D76. 32.9 to West Union 04.0
Total Mileage: 17.5mi
Overnight: Upub C
Rate: $0

BEGIN 24 MILE DAYS

D77. 04.0 to 25.2
Total Mileage: 21.2mi
Ovenight: Ld - Hopewell Croft Cabin
Rate: $160

D78. 25.2 to 45.3
Distance on trail: 20.1mi
Distance from trail to Ld: 3.9mi
Overnight: Ld - Bailey House Bed & Breakfast
Total Mileage: 24.0mi
Rate: $70
Resupply Possible

D79. 45.3 to 62.1
Distance from Ld to trail: 3.9mi
Distance on trail: 16.8mi
Distance from trail to Ld: 1.05mi
Overnight: Ld - Green Crest Motel
Total Mileage: 21.75mi
Rate: $65
Resupply Possible

D80. 62.1 to Williamsburg 16.9
Distance from Ld to trail: 1.05mi
Distance on trail: 17.7mi
Overnight: C - Overnight Area #3
Rate: $0
Total Mileage: 18.75mi

D81. 16.9 to 39.8
Distance on trail: 21.9mi
Distance from trail to Ld: 0.24mi
Overnight: Ld - 1861 Inn Bed & Breakfast
Rate: $149.00
Total Mileage: 22.14mi

D82. 39.8 to 51.7
Distance from Ld to trail: 0.24mi
Distance on trail: 11.9mi
Total Mileage: 12.14

END MAIN LOOP

BEGIN LITTLE LOOP
24 MILE DAYS

D01. Akron CCW 59 to 39.4
Distance on trail: 19.6mi
Distance from trail to Ld: 1.54mi
Overnight: Ld - Lakeside Motel
Rate: $42
Total Mileage - 21.14mi
Initial Resupply

D02. 39.4 to 27.3
Distance from Ld to trail: 1.54mi
Distance on trail: 12.1mi
Overnight: C - Greater Akron Motorcycle Club
Rate: $0
Total Mileage: 13.64mi
Resupply Possible: Enroute, Akron

D03. 27.3 to 12.1
Distance on trail: 15.2mi
Distance from trail to C: 0.6mi
Overnight: C - Stanford House
Rate: $25.00
Total Mileage: 13.64mi

D04. 12.1 to Bedford 0.61
Distance from C to trail: 0.6mi
Distance on trail: 12.71mi
Overnight: C - Ottawa PA
Rate: $0
PERMIT REQUIRED
Total Mileage: 13.31mi
Resupply

D05. 0.61 to 18.0222
Distance on trail: 17.4122mi
Distance from trail to Ld: 1.8mi
Overnight: Ld - Solon Motel
Rate: $55
Total Mileage: 19.2122mi
Resupply

D06. 18.0222 to 36.4
Distance from Ld to trail: 0.6mi
Distance on trail: 18.3778mi
Distance from trail to Upub C: 3.3mi
Overnight: Upub C
Rate: $0
Total Mileage: 22.2778mi

D07. 36.4 to 50.2
Distance from Upub C to trail: 3.3mi
Distance on trail: 13.8mi
Overnight: C - Penitentiary Glen LMP
Rate: $0
PERMIT AREA
Total Mileage: 17.1mi
Resupply Possible: Enroute, Chesterland

D08. 50.2 to Burton 4.15
Total Distance: 19.75mi
Overnight: Ld - Rider's Inn
Rate: $90
Resupply Possible

D09. 4.15 to 16.9
Distance on trail: 12.75mi
Overnight: Cg - Big Creek Park GPD
Rate: $0
Resupply Possible: Enroute, Concord Township

D10. 16.9 to 40.0858
Total Distance: 23.1858mi
Overnight: Upub C
Rate: $0
Resupply Possible: Enroute, Chardon (Walmart)

D11. 40.0858 to 56.2224
Total Mileage: 16.1366mi
Overnight: C - Camp Ashbury
Rate: $0

D12. 56.2224 to Mogadore 19.5
Distance on trail: 20.3629mi
Distance from trail to C: 2.26mi
Overnight: C - West Branch SP
Rate: $24.00
Resupply Possible: Enroute, Ravenna

D13. 19.5 to 38.0172
Distance from trail to Ld: 2.26mi
Distance on trail: 18.5172mi
Distance from trail to Cg: 0.13mi
Overnight: Cg - Countryside
Rate: $25.00
Total Mileage: 20.9072mi

D14. 38.0172 to Massillon 2.1
Distance from Cg to trail: 0.13mi
Distance on trail: 20.0799mi
Distance from trail to Ld: 1.0mi
Overnight: Ld - Comfort Suites (Hartville)
Rate: $108.00
Total Mileage: 21.2099mi
Resupply Possible

D15. 2.1 to 20.403
Distance from Ld to trail: 1.0mi
Distance on trail: 18.303mi
Total Mileage: 19.303mi

END OF LITTLE LOOP

BEGIN THE WILDERNESS LOOP
18 MILE DAYS

D01. Road Fork 0.0 to 03.54796
Distance on trail: 3.54796mi
Distance from trail to Ld: 2.38mi
Overnight: Ld - The Harkins House Inn Bed & Breakfast
Rate: $59.12
Initial Resupply

D02. 03.54796 to 19.1783
Distance from Ld to trail: 2.38mi
Distance on trail: 15.63034
Overnight: C - Shelter
Rate: $0
Total: 18.01034mi
Resupply Possible: Enroute, East Union
RESUPPLY - ADVENTUER'S PROJECT

EXCESSIVE MILEAGE
D03. ZERO DAY
Rate: $0
RESUPPLY - ADVENTURER'S PROJECT

D04. 19.1783 to 31.9606
Total Mileage: 12.7823mi
Overnight: Cg - Lamping Homested
Rate: $0
RESUPPLY - ADVENTUER'S PROJECT
Resupply Possible: Enroute, Whitacre's Store

D05. 31.9606 to 49.6
Total Mileage: 17.6394mi
Overnight: Dis C
Rate: $0
RESUPPLY - ADVENTUER'S PROJECT

D06. 49.6 to Whipple 6.3
Total Milage: 16.9mi
Overnight: Dis C
Rate: $0
RESUPPLY - ADVENTUER'S PROJECT

D07. 6.3 to 19.8309
Distance on trail: 13.5309mi
Distance on T Spur: 2.7mi (weekdays/ no holidays)
Overnight: Ld - Lafayette Hotel
Rate: $65
Total Mileage: 16.2309mi
RESUPPLY - 4 DAYS IN MARIETTA

D08. 19.8309 to 28.9
Distance from Dis C to trail on spur (white blazed): 0.6mi
Distance on trail: 9.0691mi
Ovenight: Upub C
Rate: $0
Total Mileage: 13.4mi
RESUPPLY - WATER ONLY

D09. 28.9 to 47.2
Distance on trail: 18.3mi
Distance from trail to Upub C: 2.4mi
Overnight: Upub C
Rate: $0
Total Mileage: 20.4mi

GAP AREA

D10. 45.7 to Stockport CCW 18.7
Total Mileage: 14.4mi
Overnight: C - Jay Stout Shelter
Rate: $0

D11. CCW 18.7 to CCW 6.64
Total Mileage: 12.06mi
Overnight: C H - Woodgrove - AEP
Rate: $0
PERMIT AREA
Resupply HERE

D12. CCW 6.64 to Belle Valley CCW 48.0585
Total Mileage: 16.2815

END OF THE WILDERNESS LOOP

2017/08/10

Cost Analysis - 9/10/2017

The latest layers in the cost analysis are resupply: grocers, outfitters, grocers and walmarts.  By layer, I'm referring certain facts being applied to the document one at a time.  In this case, they will determine where it's best to have a zero day and resupply.

Now because of my planning formula being geared towards not pushing entry level thru hikers too much and trying to encompass the abilities of everyone, there are a couple areas already with excessive mileages that automatically result in a zero day and it doesn't matter if it occurs at resupply location or not.  It's better to be relentless because when you put all this data to a map, you've got two track colors.  There's green and then there's yellow (excessive mileages) and red (one amenity gap area on the Whipple Section).  The cost analysis is also a mock hiker document that could be used as a diagnostic on the trail's logistical performance.  The way forward has to be done with some logic to it.  When it comes to beating the critics, it doesn't help if we're cheating ourselves.  You've got to embrace the bad news, know exactly where it is, why and fix it.

2017/08/09

Cost Analysis - 8/9/2017

All the costs for my "Cost Analysis w/o Transit" as it is have been input except one on the Bowerston Section - Buckeye/ North Country Trail.  Until it comes in, I'm unable to add up everything around the circuit and average it.

Right now, I think the next step is to try and get some of those lodging prices down as much as I can before I fill in where the resupply opportunities are and tally those costs.

2017/08/07

Hike Preparations - 08/07/2016

My boots aren't exactly shined, but they are sealed and probably ready for the rest of the year.  I just put in new Dr. Shoals CF340, cheap insoles and totally forgot that the boots need to have a partial break-in due to the additional ankle height.  Oh well.

I just ate a salad, but had an ice cream afterwards.  Tonight, I'll sleep without my 21mg Nicoderm CQ patch.  And I'll be going cold turkey tomorrow and hopefully that will keep my veins open?  If it doesn't, it could be a rough day?


Equipment Replacement 08/07/2017

The new side panel for my Poulan Wildcat came in.  Upon inspection, I can only deduce that the chain tore through the old one.

Communication With Appalachian Trail Hikers and Adventurer's Project 08/07/2017

The majority of the Buckeye Trail's (BT) hiking audience and probably volunteer corps is probably local. They're mostly short range (8 miles per day or less).  So, Buckeye "makes it money" on entry level hikers.  The Buckeye Trail Association has been in continuous operation since 1959.  At least one of it's founders hoped that it would become a side trail to the Appalachian Trail (AT).

But continuous contact wasn't maintained between the BT and Appalachian Trail Conference.  Over time, those two distance trail agencies evolved in isolation and probably for the most part. Using a night school program known as "English as a Second Language (ESOL)" as a basis for comparison, when hiker who's "first language" is the AT intents to hike the BT, they are sometimes not prepared for things to be different.

On the other hand, in my opinion, the Buckeye Trail Association (BTA) doesn't know how to reach them in order to groom those hikers ahead of time.  There are no AWOL Guides for the Upper Midwest distance trails.  There's probably around 350 volunteers on the BT.  At least half of that are trail adopters that don't often cross over into general volunteerism.  Take the functions and programs that it's already running and pit that against the demands of a volunteer's life and you may start to see that there isn't much left over.

In volunteer logistics, there is the matter of can one do something.  But it's entirely another matter of whether they can keep it going indefinitely?  In order to combine all necessary materials for hikers into one convenient source (something new to the BT), a volunteer would have to commit indefinitely to the project.  The logistical problem is that they could easily become diverted by other volunteer functions in the BTA.

- On the American Discovery Trail, a more complete guide would not only have to be researched and compiled, but it would have to be "test driven," or thru hiked for accuracy to double check it.  At the moment, that would cost that volunteer about $12,000.  It's out of their pocket, but it would take an exceptionally long time for the ADTS to break even with that as it is.

I could probably write a webpage right now and have it indexed with the search engines in about 9 months.  And it could address these first language AT'ers.  The problem is the keywords which the search engines pick up on.  They're embedded into webpages behind the scenes.  If don't get those right, then my webpage won't be listed on the hits as relevant to them.  They might search a little differently than the listed keywords.  The point is that I don't know their experiences and expectations enough to do this correctly.

This is why I think that a volunteer "BT Ambassador to the AT" is necessary.  It needs somebody who is an enthusiast to both.  And this person has to know both trails and their subcultures in order to bridge them.  I'm just not qualified because I hardly know the AT side.

On somewhat of another note, by the BTA bi-laws, the chapter that may result from the Adventurer's Project needs to have a hiking program.  Since no BT/ AT club is probably going to form in Ohio, and since the new chapter has a particular interest in the AT, it can organize a van to carpool hikers from the Marietta, OH/ Parkersburg, WV area.

2017/08/05

Health Issues and Thru Hikers

I've been sleeping with the Nicoderm CQ 21mg patch on.  Today, I forgot to change it.  The current patch is probably depleted, so there is some vascular improvement in my left wrist, but for the most part, not necessarily my right, yet.  If Monday morning, I remove the patch from the night before, the patch's residue would wear off when I sweat.

The whirlpool at my gym is being rebuilt and won't be available until the middle of this month.  I'll have to rely on stretching.

Aside from the vascular issues, I still have a lower back problem.  After I do anything strenuous, like about 6 miles of weed whacking (perhaps accumulative?), I have back pains on the morning after when I get out of bed and bending over.  This was from the 54 mile mixed mode hike/bike that I did 3 years ago on The Wilderness Loop of the Buckeye Trail.  But I'm not ready to heave over and die yet.

I really haven't complained much.  But something's going on with my body and I really don't know what it is?  I keep forgetting to make a doctors appointment.

Right now, the plan is to continue Whipple's Maintenance will probably be on, or maybe after the 17th.  I have Preston H. as possibly being 33 days from The Wilderness Loop with M L trailing him by about 24 hours currently, both those numbers are give and take.  What they'll actually be depends on monitoring them.  Preston is set for his hike on the Road Fork and Whipple Sections.  I think the only thing that I'll have to do is give him the location of grocers, the bar and restaurant.  Which means that it's just about time to plan for M L's resupply if she'll need it?

2017/08/04

Nicoderm CQ and Vascular Concerns In Hiking and Trail Maintenance

I've been wearing a 21mg Nicoderm CQ patch and have been struggling to stop smoking for the last 2 years.  Recently, I noticed that the veins in my wrist have 65 - 80% smaller than they should be. This is vague, but sometime in the last 8 years, I think that this has happened before?  And when my veins were reduced, so was my stamina.

I'm planning a 17.2mi transit hike soon.  Considering the state of my body from other more recent matters, I'm concerned about it.  But I bet that when I take that hike without a patch, my veins will be more normal.  I can tell you this, my problem is not hydration.

2017/08/03

New Maintenance Day Pack

I got my new maintenance pack today.  It's framed, but I think it's aluminum.  REI's site says steel, another one site says aluminum.  Why would a CamelBak make a bag for a weight contentious audience with a steel frame?  I guess I'll have to put a charge to it and find out.  If it's steel, I wonder, if I can cut it out and it'd still be good to use.  What I didn't notice about it before that I just found is that it has zipped pockets on the waist belt. That should come in handy sometime.

My chainsaw and weed eater tool kit is assembled.  The tools are in a pouch and are in the outside center pocket should I ever need to jettison them in a lightning storm.  But my med kit is missing a strap that I could use for a tourniquet.  I should have pieces of an old t-shirt around?  That might be strong enough?

As of now, I still have yet to sew in the mounting cord for the dual CamelBak water bladders.  I'm also not 100% sure if that compartment will hold dual 3L bladders when both are full?

The next piece to get is a road construction, or heavy grade poncho.  I'd prefer military surplus because I've been through after market rain gear and ponchos and they won't last through conditions.  I've finally become utterly dissatisfied with how Frog Troggs stands up to briers and prickers.  And even if hiking conditions on the Buckeye Trail ever becomes picture perfect, maintenance won't.

2017/08/02

Omnibus Log 08/02/2017

I've been spouting off ideas for the last 7 years on the Buckeye Trail's Facebook group.  But I'm starting to see that this isn't the time for them anymore.  Whipple Section, maybe even the whole circuit needs actions to be taken.  I might have one after I get the cost analysis done.

The Wilderness Loops resupply strategy is set to be come a part of a protochapter known as "Adventurer's Project."  Well... my current trail promotion strategy is being reduced, we no longer have full control of The Wilderness Loop.  And that's bothering me at the moment.  I wasn't consulted regarding the change.  I had a 15 county area going up through Zanesville.  I'm just about about to execute an evolutionary process, the plan has to be changed.

A reduction in territory is good.  Changing the plan that already in motion is not.  I'm like this with just about anything.

A hiking program is required for Buckeye Trail chapters by the bi-laws. But in building a chapter in SE Ohio, I want it to be a lesser priority and focus more on the volunteer experience. I think that BT chapters haven't been established the right balance yet between what we want to do and what we need to do. What chapters and maintainers need to start doing is separate the maintainers from the rest of the active chapter's membership. That way, the promoters promote and the maintainers maintain. The main chapter keeps the manpower supply going and fills vacancies, while the maintainers ensure that the promoters have a trail worth promoting. Neither side can fail for long before the system breaks down.

Here's one thing that needs to happen in SE Ohio. Whipple and Road Fork become stronger and at such time, it no longer needs the BTA's Whipple/ Road Fork Work Week. If that happens, it's possible that those resources could be reallocated to relieve some place like the Shawnee Section, which is known to be a problem for maintenance often and this just recently got a scathing review.

Things came through today.  Money that was fraudulently taken from me has been restored.  But I'm going to have to sort through 29 Internet accounts and determine which ones need new financial information?  I have to doggy sit on the 9th.  About a dozen campgrounds and motels need to be called to get rates for my cost analysis.  Once I have those, I can put it down until September.  I have a chainsaw cover coming on the 5th.  The cover has the chain tensioner built into it.

Some kind of new backpack needs to be purchased.  I'd like it to be about 30L, but be able to carry a 4L water bladder.  It's going to become the maintenance bag.  I need to be able to jettison metal tools and gear quickly while being able to wait out a lightning storm.