District No. 3 school

A few posts back (Snow of Snow Prairie), A.J. asked if I knew about a school on Snow Prairie Road that might be about 16 miles from Coldwater. After a little head-scratching and map-searching, I wondered if it couldn’t be this one. It’s in Gilead Township to the southwest of Coldwater, about 2 miles from […]


On September 18, 2003, I happened upon this historical marker in Crawford County, Ohio, on my way from Nevada to Mount Vernon. It’s where William Crawford’s army fought on its retreat from Ohio in 1782. Crawford himself had been captured the previous day, and was later tortured to death near Upper Sandusky. It’s a well-known […]

Mosquito country

Monroe County, Michigan makes me think of bad roads and deep ditches. This photo was taken on a 3-day tour that took me there in 2003. But now when I look at the road, I have to say it’s no worse than a lot of those in my home county of Calhoun this year, especially […]

Goliath in the Land of Gilead

Two autumns ago I went on a weekend trip to the area to see if I couldn’t better identify where that seminary had been. I had been there once before, but nobody I had talked to on the road knew anything about it. This time, on day 2 (or was it 3?) I was nearing the Old Testament Land of Gilead (Gilead Township and Gilead Lake were given their names by Bishop Chase) when Goliath came out to meet me. I knew the name was Goliath, because people along the road were shouting, “Come, Goliath, Come back here!” I didn’t understand Goliath’s language, but if he was asking , “Am I a dog, that you come at me…?” the answer was affirmative. (People who have gone to Sunday School with the King James Bible sometimes know enough to laugh at that point in the story.) This was no ankle-biting yap dog. I felt this one’s warm breath at shoulder level. A Great Dane, apparently. But Goliath and I parted ways without the usual mess involving slings, stones, and swords.

Transcription errors lead me astray

(Misc edits for clarity, I hope. 26-nov-2007) I rode through Snow Prairie on Day 2 of my trip to Holmes County, Ohio, back in September 2003. It’s in Branch County, Michigan. Snow Prairie is named after Eleazer Snow, a person who is said to have fled the area during the Black Hawk war. Usually the […]

Multi-use trails in Holmes County

There are places where trails are a good thing, e.g. some urban areas have networks of trails to help one get through areas that really are difficult to ride through. But in general I’d much rather that the money be spent to improve the roads — resurface the roads so cars can be controlled better, and provide shoulders for bicycles and buggies to ride. Those are a win-win-win for cars AND buggies AND bicycles.

Resume legal speed

This photo was taken September 18, 2003, I think somewhere between Williamsport and Fredericktown, Ohio. Had I been riding at an illegal speed? I was on my way to Mount Vernon, and then to Kenyon College at Gambier where I spent a day in the archives, looking through some of the papers of its first […]