11/24/08 - Ashland, OH - The day started fine, but before we had traveled far, it turned to a fine, cold rain. I was actually about 6 miles from Ashland last night. We had to travel up some pretty good sized hills, but the maximum grade was only about 7 or 8%. A reporter for the local paper, “The Ashland Times Gazette” interviewed me for about a half hour.
We had lunch in a vacant lot behind the Bob Evans restaurant. Shortly after lunch, I was flagged down on route 42 by a coworker of a visitor I had last night and asked if I could swing by the Lutheran Village Assisted Living Home. It was only about a mile out of the way, so I readily agreed.
The residents were excited about my trip and asked a lot of questions. The horse waited patiently out on the road while I chatted with them for about a half hour.
The lady in the picture to the right is Pauline. She will have her 101st birthday next month. In the past, she has had both Belgians and Haflinger draft horses. When I asked what she owed her longevity to, she responded “Why from having had horses, of course”.
I’m currently at the southern edge of Ashland. I’m camped behind a gas station/convenience store and the horses are on plenty of really good graze. We’ve got power and water and the management here has gone out of their way to make us welcome.
Just down the road is a Tractor Supply store, where I’ll stock up on grain.
I really liked this day!