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 on: July 01, 2013, 10:38:46 AM 
Started by yogi - Last post by yogi
Poppie past away June 25 in the early morning.  He passed while he was drugged some what and asleep.  He suffers no more.  My father has blessed me with many of great memories and I will treasure them for always. From the stories that he has told me over the past few years I know that he has touched a lot of you all as well.  in his memory I would like to offer the following:
In November some time, no set date yet, I am going to try to get a few folks together to help me finish his trek on the BT.  I am wanting to get as many folks as I can, family at home and his trail family.  I have a lot of hiking sticks at the house here and would like to get them out on the trail.  I want to finish his dreams for him.  Talking with CW, we are going to backpack some of the last 130 miles he has left. 
The staves of his that get out on the trail, he would want to give those to his grand children so that they can see more trail and the kids will always have him with them out there.  that would be his wish and I want to honor a great man, friend and father! 
Being in the the Navy makes it hard to set anything up or to have been there with him during his trek.  I have however was able to finish roughly 450 miles of the BT with him.  those days were the best. 
thank you all for the time and love you have showed my father. 
god bless you all on your future treks! 

 on: June 28, 2013, 10:04:29 PM 
Started by Landeck lad - Last post by Captain Blue
Not me. I have never been. Check with Tiger Grrrl. She went last year and left early. I guess it was a pretty small crowd. The bigger crowd is at Buckeye TrailFest.

 on: June 26, 2013, 08:05:12 PM 
Started by Landeck lad - Last post by Landeck lad
can anyone give me 10 reasons why I should attend the BTA picnic on July 20th?

 on: June 20, 2013, 06:16:24 PM 
Started by kathyonbt - Last post by kathyonbt
While not really a problem with the trail itself, the temporary closure of this road makes getting to the trail in that area a little more circuitous.

Archer's Fork Road, turning off of Route 26, is currently closed for rehabilitation of the bridge near that intersection.    It's been closed for two or three weeks and doesn't look to be progressing quickly.

 on: June 14, 2013, 10:19:23 PM 
Started by Captain Blue - Last post by Captain Blue
Caesar Creek Section Trail Alert: The Buckeye Trail relocation between Yellow Springs and Fairborn is complete. The new route was blazed today and is officially open. The route follows the original route of the Buckeye Trail between these two cities and eliminates the circuitous route to Springfield and back. This relocation reduces the length of the BT by 14.4 miles by my calculation.

More details:

 on: June 02, 2013, 08:19:08 PM 
Started by kathyonbt - Last post by Captain Blue
Congrats Kathy On BT. That Whipple section has some of the toughest, most rugged, most strenuous hiking in all of Ohio. I wish the BTA would either get serious about maintaining it or decommission it.

 on: June 02, 2013, 06:30:19 PM 
Started by kathyonbt - Last post by kathyonbt
Hello, all,
  Finished the Whipple section recently, although I started it last year.  As a solo day-hiker, it takes me a little while to get through a section.  I continue to hike anti-clockwise.

  Started the hike up the hill from the Stockport section and followed along.  Roads may not all be well-marked, keep a map with you.  There is a decent amount of climbing along the way, as one might expect in the southeastern Ohio area.  Hiking pretty rural and pleasant with plenty of places for a solo hiker to put a car.  Not a lot of historical sites to visit.

  I now understand a previous blogger's mention of PUDs in Wayne National Forest (pointless ups and downs).  That area has taken a number of visits, particularly since I don't do well with direct assaults on hills.  The trail between points 1 and 5 are pretty well marked between blazes and blue diamonds but the trail itself sometimes goes away.  I got lost in two river bottoms - the one, between points 3.5 and 4, I was able to recover from, the other, between points 5 and 6, I was unable to, and I ended up bushwhacking my way out.  It is my understanding that the trail crews were unable to get through that bit last year.  I am thankful at the work they did get done as some of the area is very comfortably blazed.  Found the power line that you need to climb over as mentioned in Captain Blue's blog from his thru-hike.  I stayed out of the woods during spring turkey season as public hunting is allowed there.

  I am using the original map and found some mileages were off.  In addition, some of the roads in the WNF area have been closed over time.  I will assume that things have been corrected in the new map.

  Overall, a nice hike, if a bit strenuous at times.

 on: May 28, 2013, 10:22:19 PM 
Started by Captain Blue - Last post by Captain Blue
I visited Bruce "Poppie" Purdy tonight. He is in Mount Carmel East Hospital in Columbus. He was moved from the intensive care unit to a regular unit a few days ago. Bruce had brain surgery on May 6 to remove a tumor. For those of you who don't know "Poppie" he is a BTA member and volunteer. He led numerous circuit hikes and was involved in helping get scouts on the BT. Poppie is not in good shape but his family hopes he can complete the remaining 200 miles of the Buckeye Trail. One thing you can do is send a free e-card to Poppie via the hospital web site. The e-cards are printed out and taped to the wall. If you mention the Buckeye Trail in your card the family will know it came from his Buckeye Trail friends.

Here is the link:

 on: May 05, 2013, 10:53:32 PM 
Started by Landeck lad - Last post by Landeck lad
So ... what is going to be happening in the Defiance Section on June 1 & 2?

I am trying to decide if I want to Hike the Dam on June 1 or if something interesting is happening elsewhere.

 on: May 03, 2013, 12:01:19 PM 
Started by Captain Blue - Last post by Captain Blue
Trail Adopter Needed. A 12 mile section of the Buckeye Trail between Troy and Piqua needs a trail adopter. This section of the BT is on the Great Miami River bike path and is paved. See points 13-18 on the Troy map. Duties mainly include painting blue blazes and installing signs/decals where needed. The section can be split into two pieces if you want a smaller section. The pay is lousy but the rewards are great! Inquire if you are interested or have questions.

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