Side note - On the day I left on my trip Margo Lynn caught me at breakfast and had me model a knit hat for this Mountain Man competition. It looks like I'm climbing in the polls, but need your votes to reach the top. Any winnings will go to BiCi Co. You can vote once a day for the next week. Just "skip" the initial pop up and vote for the guy that looks like the photo below. The theme is fitting as I'm a day away from riding across West Virginia to Pittsburgh. Ouch.
|Vote early and often for your favorite mountain man.|
|A lot of my Ohio River Valley riding looks like this.|
Portsmouth is a bike friendly landing spot for lunch after my stealth camp last night off a steep logging road in the Shawnee State Forest. Portsmouth is an early stop on the TOSRV ride, and they have a large bike mural on the flood wall. In fact, the entire flood wall is adorned with high quality murals. A neat little town.
|TOSRV mural on the Portsmouth, OH flood wall|
|Even in the Pea Soup fog, drivers have been courteous in Ohio.|
|U.S. Grant whupped up on the Confederates. Hooahh! Y'all lost.|
|Unfortunately, Utopia was a failed experiment.|
|Historic hot blast furnace at Vesuvius. Coal and ore in them there hills.|
|Cheshire, OH. View from my camp at the local park.|
|Entering Pomeroy, OH. Creative treatment of a concrete retaining wall.|
|Bridge from Pomeroy to West Virginia - worth a stop.|