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Friday, December 24, 2021

NORTA with Bill - Day 24

  More Wabash Cannonball Trail today. Bill hiked with me all day. We went past the NORTA headquarters. This is Northwestern Ohio Rails-to-Trails Association. Bill is holding a pheasant feather he found. NORTA headquarters

Although we were hiking in a defunct rail corrider, there is a highly active double track line close by. We saw several trains. You know I'm always happy about that. NorfolkSouthern train

As we passed Wauseon, we entered the Gene Markley Corridor of the trail. I wish I could find a picture of Gene on line. I have a nice one at home. He was one of the early volunteers with NORTA and was a great supporter of the North Country Trail. He was a big guy, who carried a tiny Jack Russell terrier around on his shoulder. Gene Markley corridor

This picture was on an interpretive kiosk. I took a picture of the picture. Gene was killed in an auto accident. I believe this is his wife nailing up one of the signs on the stretch named for him. Gene Markley corridor

In the category of natural features, this is a patch of beautyberry far outside its natural range. I found some this summer that had been planted in eastern Michigan that was surviving, and now this patch. I suspect it escaped from a garden, but it's apparently surprisingly hardy. beautyberry

And, it's always amusing to come across folk art. This fish was made from scrap metal on the side of a shed (private) along the trail. fish art

These pigs were advertising a pottery business. Pretty cute! ceramic pigs

Bill and I knocked off 15 miles at a pretty good pace. The weather was in the 50s, and the wind wasn't frigid. Amazing day-before-Christmas hike.

Miles today: 15.1 Total miles so far 356.

See Phantom Flashing


vanilla said...

Enjoy your day of rest. Merry Christmas.

Ann said...

Love that fish and the pigs.
Have a very Merry Christmas.

The Oceanside Animals said...

Lulu: "Merry Christmas from all of us!"

Dan said...

Merry Christmas, Joan! You (and your support team) are inspirational. My family lives in Rockford, Mi. We have hiked quite a few stretches of the NCT in lower and upper Michigan, and we’ve loved every bit we’ve been on. Good luck to you on your journey. We will be following you!