Day 37, July 28
Kendellville, IN, to Napoleon, OH
Cumulative: 2654 miles
Into Ohio, without much pomp and circumstance.
We entered our tenth state, Ohio, early this morning. With the torrential downpour, swarms of mosquitoes, swampy campground, bad roads and the accident, Elizabeth Preston was so disgusted by her stay in Indiana that she acted out her feelings. She stood on the Ohio side of the line and spat back into Indiana. The ride was short by our current standards, only 74 miles, the terrain was almost flat, the sky was overcast and we had a little tailwind. That combined to give me the highest average rolling speed, 14 mph, of any day so far. We're camped in the Henry County fairgrounds. Many have their tents and other belongings out in the sun to dry after last night's deluge.
The big story of the day is how some lucky kittens were saved. While Hillary Capers and Monica Leo were riding together, they spotted five young kittens by the roadside. They were emaciated, and Hillary immediately dug through her pack to find something for them to eat. They devoured her offering and begged for more. When Hillary proposed loading them into her pannier to bring them to the camp this evening, Monica decided it was time to act.
Monica dialed 911 and explained the situation. The emergency operator, an understanding soul, said the Humane Society was the proper agency to deal with the problem and switched Monica to their number. The Humane Society responded quickly, and soon someone came to the scene. Monica reported that the lady from the Humane Society said the kittens had clearly been around people and probably had been dumped by the roadside.
The story had a happy ending. The Humane Society representative said the kittens appeared to be easily adoptable. Some lucky families will enjoy new pets, and the kittens didn't come to camp.
Who wouldn't love such wonderful animals?