Today was not my day... I awoke to find that one of the campground's feral cats had marked my tent as its territory; then the morning air was so humid that even after an hour of "drying" I had to put the tent away wet. When I tried to get on the bike path as shown on the map, I found that the trail entrance had been closed to bike traffic and had to ride about 2 miles to the next entrance.
I didn't sleep well last night because a bunch of raccoons -- at least three -- were making a ruckus right outside my tent. I never heard such noises! The Dog Dazer was moderately effective at quieting them down for a few minutes at a time.
I left Lancaster a little later than planned because Rob wanted to try to dry out my solar battery charger, which has had condensation in it since Ludington. He wasn't able to make much progress, but he gave me some suggestions.
Since there's no UU church in town, I just hung around the house with Rob all morning and did computer stuff. After lunch we drove to Keller-Kirn park and hiked around, got a roll of film developed, and then hiked at Rising Park / Mt. Pleasant. We had some excellent pizza for dinner, joined Aunt Dully for dessert, and then played backgammon. A low-key day.
The road south to Lancaster was pretty uneventful. I carefully chose a route that several thousand motorists also chose, so I had to deflect onto less-direct side roads, but it was no big deal.
Entering Reynoldsburg (an eastern suburb of Colubus) I saw a banner for the Tomato Festival and decided to stop in, thinking I'd buy some salsa or sauce for Rob and Dully, but the only tomatoes they had were fresh, and I didn't think they'd pack well. I bought some cinnamon-roasted nuts instead.
Today my plan was to ride into Columbus in order to see the city and decide whether it's someplace I'd like to live. However, I was unable to find good information about recommended bike routes or even bus routes. So I rode into Westerville and visited the library, where I got sucked into the Internet for over an hour. The librarians were also unable to tell me about bike or bus routes.
The ride into Westerville from Delaware State Park was uneventful, except that Jeff Kirn's place turned out not to be in Westerville. When I got close to town I thought to call him for directions and found that he's on the east side of Hoover Reservoir, while Westerville is on the west side.
This morning I woke to find that my tent had dried thoroughly during the night. I hurried to pack it away because the clouds (and the forecast) were threatening a day of rain, and sure enough, as I was rolling up the groundcloth the sprinkling started.
I took my time getting up this morning because I could hear rain falling on the tent. When I did leave the tent, swarms of mosquitos chased me back inside twice! So it was probably after 10:00 when I finally left Portage Quarry.
I knew I was overdoing it yesterday, but I couldn't seem to stop riding... so today in addition to a strong headwind, I had a lot of muscle cramps and that special kind of fatigue you get when yesterday's sunburn meets today's sun.
I got an early start because I kept mistaking the glow from my hosts' security light for dawn, because they hadn't offered me a restroom, and because I didn't want to still be there when they woke up. I was in Ohio by about 9:00 and in Waterville (southwest of Toledo) by noon.