A Special Encounter in Salesville
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Mikey had planned a quiet exit from Ohio’s version of Cambridge and we meandered along a tiny, winding, hilly road though a forest. When we hit the main road which would take us all the way to Barnesville, we even found a bike track which ran alongside it for a few miles.
At 17 miles, we made our first stop of the day, in a tiny settlement called Salesville. We nearly cycled past the tiny 'Halls Garage’ and if we had, would have missed what I think is our favourite chance encounter of the whole trip
It seems that on these back roads we’ve strayed back into lovely friendly rural America, and we had lots of waves and smiles and people shouting ‘Where are y’riding?’ Leaving Salesville, we chased down and overtook a horse drawn buggy. I was snapping photos as Mikey passed it until I realised it wasn’t just some locals having fun on a Saturday, but two very surprised looking Amish men – oops
Hills after hill eventually led us to a sign declaring we were only 4 miles from Barnesville. Another 2miles and we saw the dreaded sign ‘Road Closed’. With the spectre of China and the flooded road fiasco in our minds we nervously continued. Fortunately it was only about 20 meters of mud road blocked off by diggers, which we easily bypassed on the bikes.
Barnesville was at the top of another enormous great hill and we rolled into town soaked in sweat. After checking out Jeanette’s packed lunches and discovering that an 84 year old’s idea of a well-rounded lunch involved 2 packets of crisps, 3 meat sticks, peanuts, crackers, cookies, snickers bar and a chewy toffee stick (EACH!) but no sandwich, we decided to get a wrap at MacDonalds and use the wireless internet. Jeanette’s snacks will probably keep us going to New York!
Over lunch we finally narrowed down and chose a place to stay for our last two nights. We’ve booked a private room in a really well-rated hostel right next to Central Park. Last night we plotted the rest of our route and will arrive in New York by ferry from New Jersey on the 24th of August
That done, I insisted we went to the supermarket to get fruit and vegetables as we haven’t had any for a few days, and then we hit the road for the last 10 sweaty, hilly miles to Barkcamp State Park. It’s another great campsite in an amazing location and later we’re going to the open air amphitheatre to watch a movie. It’s not till 9 though, so we might fall asleep. Only 500 miles to New York now…
Miles Cycled; 41 – loads and loads of hills
No. of times beeped and sworn at: twice by fat w****rs in jeeps