Amy and I woke up this morning and turned on the weather forecast. Tonight it is going to be in the low 20’s/high teens. Really?! We just can’t catch a break here! (not that I mind the cold – but it is that whole skin vs. fur thing again). We have about 25 miles between us and the next town, Piqua, OH. We had planned on sleeping at a trail shelter, which is about half way, but it will be just too cold tonight.
Amy called Bob to talk about options. I could hear the indecision and sadness in her voice as they talked about the possibility of getting off the trail for a week or so until the weather gets warmer. If only we could get to Piqua, there are motels pretty much all the way down to Cincinnati.
After she ended the call, with no concrete plan, we snuggled back down under the covers and dozed off. Less then an hour later we awoke to a knock on the door. It was Dale Wical, the co-section supervisor of this stretch of the Buckeye Trail. He wanted to know if we wanted to slack pack today and offered us a warm place to stay the night! Amazing!!
Packing up quickly and saying goodbye to the Dairy King Motel, we started out walking on a wooded path out of town. All of a sudden Amy stopped. Across the path was strung a thin white string. Amy could easily break it with her hiking pole. We wondered who would put that up and for what purpose?
With all the rain yesterday, the already swollen waterways were flooding. Dale helped us skirt one mile long section that was impassable. He even hiked with us for a while.
Here is a picture of a newly constructed bridge Dale and other volunteers recently built.
Thank you guys! We would have hated to try to cross the swift moving water below.
Just then, the temperature dropped and hard cold rain returned. It was a repeat of yesterday’s weather! Ugh! We had to wade through calf-deep water to get up on a road where Dale was waiting for us. Needless to say, we were done hiking for the day.
After talking to Dale, Amy decided we should just head to south to the next town. Dale drove us past the 20 miles a flooded trail to the LA Quinta pet friendly hotel in Piqua. Thank you so much Dale and we hope to hike with you again when we come back and finish this section. You were a lifesaver!