Ohio isn’t exactly round, but more of a square with nibbles taken out of it by neighboring Kentucky and West Virginia. But the name feels round and looks round, and the state tree, the buckeye, sports a round nut. While the nut isn’t edible, the buckeye candy is, a globe of peanut butter goodness dipped in chocolate. The Buckeye Trail, a whopping 1,444 miles in a single state, is one of the longest loop trails we know of. So there’s a lot of roundness circling around Ohio.
And that’s what we plan to do: circle the state. Although John is a native Floridian, his Ohio lineage goes back on both sides of the family to the earliest German immigrants who came to Ohio to farm. Sandra has a passing familiarity with Ohio, having lived in the Ohio Valley across the Pennsylvania border. While a conference in Columbus anchors this trip, everything revolves around it – as does the Buckeye Trail, if you take a look at it on a map – and so will we.
Everything that goes around, comes around. So before we start posting our own videos from the road, we’d like to give a shout-out to Dayton hiker Andy “Captain Blue” Niekamp, the first person to solo hike the whole Buckeye Trail. Andy just completed a thru-hike of the Florida Trail last month. He’s the face of adventure in Ohio, something we’re looking forward to learning more about on this trip: Ohio’s outdoor adventures. Check out his website.
Details to come! Our planned stops include locations shown on the map.