April 30 - Tappan Lake

These five young men in Bowerston ran over to meet me.

Today I hiked 18 miles to Tappan Lake along US-250. Mary dropped me off on the trail around 11:00am.
The route today was mostly on windy, hilly rural roads except for two stretches near Leesville Lake and Tappan Lake. Hiking is more difficult on the roads now with lots of ups and downs. It is much more scenic too.

Hiking along Leesville Lake was beautiful. It reminded me of hiking on the Appalachian Trail in Maine in the glacial lakes region. Spring is in full swing and lots of wild flowers are in bloom. The temps were in the low 60s and the sun popped out every now and then from between the clouds.

The Buckeye Trail goes through the small town of Bowerston. As I was walking through town five young boys playing basketball spotted me. One yelled to me and asked if I was a hiker. I yelled back that I was and I had walked over 600 miles. Immediately and without a further word all five ran over to check me out. We chatted a bit and I answered their questions about hiking and where I stay. I gave each one of them my card. I asked if the town had a convenience store. The littlest one was so cute. He wanted to make sure I knew how to find the store by telling me to turn right at the white car.

I reached the Tappan Dam area at 5:45pm. Mary Hamilton was there to pick me up and take me to the Buckeye Trail Association Barn. The Barn is a field house for BTA events. The barn is over 100 years old. Many people have volunteered time and materials to fix it up. It has a kitchen, dorms rooms, bathrooms, showers and an open meeting area.

Maria arrived around 6:30pm. She brought a crock pot dinner for us to enjoy and is spending the evening with me.