[Kim's posts will all relate to her MG historical fiction novel with a paranormal twist: Muleskinner. Here's the pitch: An extraordinary canal dog gives twelve-year-old mule driver, Clay, the conviction to fight against a highly suspect Indenture agreement his pa supposedly signed...right before Pa was found swinging from a tree above Lonesome Lock.]
|Hiking through Cleveland. Hey! Here's the Christmas Story house! It just happens to sit on the soon-to-be-restored portion of the towpath.|
I gave us five days to complete the journey.
The deal was we would travel light and stop at a different B&B or hotel every night to pamper ourselves after a long day in Northeast Ohio's unpredictable weather.
A fuller account of our travails is here.
We made it! I walked the route of my muleskinner and much more, but averaged the time on foot per day that my muleskinner would have, substituting back packs for pack animals. It was a grueling life, not for the physically unfit. It left plenty of time for woolgathering and boredom to set in. And it sure made me appreciate the simple luxuries: like a warm bath, a bed, and food in my stomach.
Sort of like I imagine my muleskinner would feel.
|Hubby passing Boston Cemetery|
|Kim at Dover Dam (about 100 miles into the hike)|
|Lunch every day was peanut butter and honey sandwiches. We'd take a GORP break around 4 pm.|
|We think this is the end of the soon-to-be-restored portion of the towpath trail. Blake's Mill Lock 13 in New Philadelphia.|