April 16 - Zero Day

Today is a zero day for me. No hiking today. It is a good day for a zero since it is very windy and rainy.

I am staying with Debbie Zampini in Chardon for a few days. Debbie is on the board of trustees of the Buckeye Trail Association. She is also the section supervisor for the Bedford section where I am hiking now. She will assist me in hiking the remaining portion of the Little Loop. Debbie has hosted other Buckeye Trail hikers.

In Chardon we went to the Sport Rack shop which does embroidering. I am having a hat made with the words "Buckeye Trail Hiker" on the front and "Buckeye Trail" on the back. I think it will help to wear this hat while I hike. People who see me will know what I am doing even if they don't speak to me. Laura at the Sport Rack was very helpful. She opened her shop for us on a Saturday afternoon when she is normally closed. The hat should be finished Tuesday.

I am taking another zero day tomorrow. We are going to EarthFest 2011 at the Cleveland Zoo. EarthFest is Ohio╩╝s largest environmental education event and the longest running Earth Day celebration in the nation. There are over 150 exhibitors and the event attracts 50,000 people. The Buckeye Trail Association will have a booth there.