|Life at 3 miles per hour or less|
|Friday, June 07, 2013 12:02 AM|
Upon arriving, they were joined by another hikers from Cincinnati. The group, then totaling seven, hit the trail for the return trip by foot to Delphos. A few miles later, they made a stop in Minster to eat at one of their fine food establishments.
Their next stop put them in downtown New Bremen, where a few of the members took turns opening and closing the surprisingly easy-to-move gates of the restored Lock 1 N.
Before evening fell, they had made their camp at Kuenning Dicke Nature Area just north of New Bremen. A few of them made use of the newly built shelter. The rest pitched their tents nearby.
One of the hikers, who has relatives in New Bremen, contacted them and soon the group had visitors. Additionally, the group was joined by another hiker from Cincinnati, who would travel the remaining days with them.
On Saturday, the group, now totalling eight, left New Bremen’s Kuenning Dicke Nature Area and headed north. One of the sites on this day was the impressive massive stone Lock 8 N. A few miles south of St. Marys, they were joined by a hiker from Sidney who hiked the rest of the day with them.
Shortly after noon, the group of nine reached downtown St. Marys and divided into a couple of smaller groups to eat at the local restaurants. While in the downtown area, they were able to get aboard the moored canal boat and view the restored Lock 13 N.
They continued on their way and reached their destination for that evening at Lock 14, a restored canal lock five miles north of St. Marys.
Once again, the hiker who had local relatives called upon them. This time it was to shuttle the group from Lock 14 back into St. Marys for the evening.
They stopped in local establishments and afterwards, they set up camp at the High Street shelter.
On Sunday, the group was shuttled back to Lock 14 to continue the journey north. The sites for the day was Bloody Bridge, Six Mile Spillway and Deep Cut.
Having reached Spencerville in the early afternoon, they visited the local grocery store and food businesses to enjoy a nice afternoon picnic at the gazebo along the canal.
Two members of the group decided they would finish the hike through to Delphos, so they hit the trail. The campsite that evening was at Old Acadia Park.
After a few hours, the hikers who continued to Delphos, returned to Spencerville.
On Monday, the remaining group made an early start of it in the light drizzle and trekked their way to Delphos arriving between 10:15-11 a.m., completing the 41.5 miles of their journey. They were given the chance to look through the collections in the Delphos Canal Commission Museum.
The hikers, even though they were hiking the same trail, were actually doing it for different reasons. The retired couple from New York was hiking the North Country National Scenic Trail, which goes from New York to North Dakota — about 4,600 miles. Most of the rest were hiking the Buckeye Trail, which at 1,444 miles makes a loop within the State of Ohio. One of that group is in the process of completing the entire Buckeye Trail by doing a little bit of it one weekend a month.
And the other one was hiking the Miami and Erie Canal and Towpath, better known as the Miami and Erie State Trail, which goes from Lake Loramie to Delphos.
Additional information about the above trails can to found at buckeyetrail.org or northcountrytrail.org.