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A Road Route Connecting Two Local Trails This summer, we had a request from Jerry Rampelt of the Ohio to Erie Trail Fund to help him find a safe bicycling route from the Holmes County Trail at Fredericksburg to the Sippo Valley Trail at Dalton. After getting several suggestions, Don Noble scouted the roads via motorcycle and came up with what we think is the safest, easiest, and most scenic bicycling route possible. For those cyclists who are interested in this 17.5 mile ride, the details follow:

At the end of the Holmes Co. Trail in Fredericksburg, turn RIGHT onto W. Clay St. heading East (Fredericksburg Elementary School on your Right). Go to the 4-way stop (<0.1 m) in the center of Fredericksburg, turn LEFT onto N. Mill St. heading North. Go one block and turn RIGHT onto Jackson St. heading East. Go one block on Jackson St. and then bear LEFT onto Henry St. (Fredericksburg Community Park on your left) heading North. Henry St. turns into S. Carr Rd. (C-94A). Go 0.8 miles on Henry St./S. Carr Rd. to a 4-way stop. Go STRAIGHT at the stop onto Cutter Rd. (T-205) continuing North. Go 1.6 miles on Cutter Rd. to Moreland Rd. (C-77). Turn RIGHT onto Moreland Rd. heading East and go 4.6 miles to Kansas Rd. (T-179). Turn LEFT onto Kansas Rd. heading North and go 5.0 miles to Arnold Rd. (T-131). Turn RIGHT onto Arnold Rd. heading East and go 4.8 miles to S. Mill St. (SR-94). About 1.6 miles after turning onto Arnold Rd., at the stop sign turn LEFT onto Kidron Rd. (C-52) and then almost immediately turn RIGHT back onto Arnold Rd. continuing East. Turn LEFT onto S. Mill St. heading North. Cross STRAIGHT across SR-30 at the light staying on S. Mill St. Go to the next light in Dalton, and turn RIGHT onto East Main St. heading East. Go 0.2 miles to Freet St. and turn LEFT heading North onto N. Freet St. and your on the Sippo Valley Trail on the West (Left) side of Freet St. (The start of the Sippo Valley Trail is at the Village Green Park on S. Freet St. in Dalton.) Total distance is approximately 17.5 miles from Fredericksburg to the Sippo Valley Trail in Dalton.

Mr. Rampelt and his associates rode this route by bicycle this summer carrying a GPS unit to establish an Ohio to Erie recommended routing on and between trails. You can learn more about this effort by going to www.ohiotoerietrail.net. The route should eventually be on their website.

Ohio Rail-Trail Books Make Great Holiday Gifts The extremely useful Ohio Trails and Greenways Edition IV book continues to be available for $15.00 at Orrville Cycling & Fitness, 9658 W. High St., Orrville, 330-682-1911 and Bikes, Trikes & Boards, 340 East Liberty Street, Wooster, 330-262-9003. All proceeds from the books support our local trail developments, even when purchased at the two local bike shops. Do thank these shop keepers for supporting Rails to Trails.

What’s in a Name?? When a new rail trail possibility was developing in northern Wayne County between West Salem and Rittman, Ted Short and Amy Miller tried very hard to find an appropriate name to be used in the initial grant proposal to ODOT. Names such as Chippewa Headlands, Killbuck Headwaters, Tommy Run Creek, and Salt Dome were proposed to reflect the geological and watershed features of the area. Historically related train and track names (Great Windy, Erie Line) and train destinations such as Salamanca (New York) and Chicago emerged. While good names can also reflect the natural wildlife found in the area, nothing really emerged here that we wanted to use...So, for lack of any clear agreement among those involved with the grant writing process, the proposal to ODOT and all later references have named the right-of-way the County Line Trail. We think we can do better and we still have time to establish another name. We seek your thoughtful and creative inputs! Please call, write, or email ideas to Ted Short.

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