Aubrey Benmark started out from Brooklyn, New York, on Saint Patrick’s Day, and crossed the bridge over Blennerhassett Island into Ohio today. I saw her this morning, but did not know it- she crossed the highway with some kind of thing that looked like a baby carriage. When you’re going 60 mph, it is difficult to focus on a far moving object on the other side of the road.
Today I traveled the four lane to a popular hiking spot in Ohio…
where i took photographs and watched other people taking pictures of each other with a wild natural wonder in the background. After they all left the area, I snapped this shot of Ash Cave from the trail leading back to the parking lot.
I also saw strong evidence of Ohio’s growing preoccupation with converting rational interchanges into troublesome roundabouts… all in a state known for erratic driving habits. While your Ohio farmer is driving 25 mph down the unnecessarily narrow road, weaving into the other lane…another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction will top out at over 80 mph on curves in the shape of a twisted colon…
…which makes being obsessed with roundabout creation….even double roundabouts…in a state where 99% of the population have never seen one…a very dangerous proposition.
Heading back toward “Almost Heaven,” it was nearly mid-afternoon when I drove past a figure walking west on the berm of US 50. I pulled off at the next exit and turned around, made a turn and stopped a hundred feet in front of the now stopped cart. When I slipped out of my seat, I discovered that the walker was a woman and her cart declared that she was “walking across america.”
She said she was walking across America to prove that there was still kindness in the world…
After giving her some supplies, she told me that she was relying on the kindness of strangers.
When I asked her about West Virginia, she said that some people in Pennsylvania were telling her she would be in danger in West Virginia. She learned first hand that many in the media degrade the friendliest state I have ever been in, which is quite sad. She told stories about how people in the state had been so generous, one even letting her stay in a luxury guest house for free.
She is heading through southern Ohio for Louisville…so if you see her, do as a disciple of Jesus would do and offer her what you have, take her to lunch or dinner, or give her a spot in your home or cabin out back. I ask all disciples of Jesus within southern ohio and northern Kentucky to be on the lookout and be ready to bless her.