OCTOBER 2017 NEWSLETTER
RTWC Board Member Becky Jewell and her husband Jim.

WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR ALL OF THE VOLUNTEERS WHO HELPED US WITH OUR INFORMATION TENT AT
THE WAYNE COUNTY FAIR!


 











 
 
 
 
 
We are proud to support the recycling effort at the fair. 
 
RTWC Board Members Keith Winkler and Pat Glessner, and Pat's husband Dick.  
 
 
We are pleased to tell you that a second work day at The Rockies, located along the future Heartland Trail, was held on Saturday, October 7.  (You can read more about the project HERE.) 
  
You may recall, late last year Ed Mack and other members of the Ohio Geologic Survey Team began a major clean up and restoration of the Marshallville Rock Outcrop, known locally as The Rockies. When the railroad first cut through to make way for their tracks, this significant outcrop showing an unconformity contact of Pennsylvanian and Mississippian rocks soon became of great interest to geologists and has continued so to this day.  We are excited about this very unique feature for the trail, which will add a special area of interest for riders, walkers and geologic visitors alike.  
 
Last fall the work involved clearing trees, shrubs and overgrowth from the area.  This time the volunteers were pulling the soil away from the outcrop, which began to be visible as the work progressed.  It was intense and tedious work, but clearly worthwhile, advancing the project another big step.   We are grateful to Ed for organizing this effort and to all the volunteers who were there to help today!
 
 
   
Growing Healthy Habits  
Fun Run 5K
RTWC Board Members Volunteer
for Orrville event.
Keith Workman was the lead.  He said he had to ride hard and fast to stay ahead of the fast moving pack.

Keith Winkler was the sweep.  He followed the walkers and made sure everyone was safe and well.

Fall Beauty Arrives on Our Trails
Look But Don't Touch!

RTWC Board Member Keith Workman shared this photo of a beautiful red bush along the open -for- walking portion of the future Heartland Trail near Marshallville.  

But he adds this caution: 
It's poison ivy! 
Send Us Your Autumn  
Trail Photos

   
As you ride Rail-Trails or other bike trails this fall, you are likely to be tempted to stop and take pictures.  We hope you do and we'd love to have you send them to us!

You can post them to our Facebook page, or email them to this address.  We will share them on Facebook and in our November newsletter.

Photos by Elsie Zuercher



 


Let's Talk Trails 
Bicycles, Bicycles, Bicycles! 

By RTWC Board Member Jenni Reusser

Rose & I learning  
the route point system. 
It was my first trip to Europe, and it was a dandy!  
Selecting a bike for the week ahead.  
Our barge is seen in the background. 
 
I had heard RTWC Board Member Ted Short and his wife Karen talk about their various Bike & Barge experiences, and found it to be quite intriguing. I finally decided this would be a great adventure and was happy to discover my friend Rose Jolliff wanted to go, too.  We chose a Belgium and The Netherlands tour and made our reservations a year ago.    
 
 
 
 
We boarded the Magnifique on a Saturday afternoon in Bruges, Belgium and spent the next 6 days riding bikes through cities, towns and countryside as the barge traveled down the Schelde River toward our final destination, Amsterdam, docking each day for us to board again for dinner.    
 
You may already know this part of the world is very bike friendly, but that's putting it mildly.  There are bikes everywhere, and you can get anywhere by bike.  The 32 of us (folks from the U.S., Canada, Australia, Sweden and Norway) who lived on the barge that week were obviously tourists, as most of us wore helmets and typical bike gear.  But the natives?  Whatever their dress for their day, they hop on their bikes and go.  
 
A woman rides past a typical parking lot for bikes.  
 
Most of our routes were on trails (paved, gravel, brick and  some cobblestone.)  Some were shared with an occasional car.  When we were on a true road, there was always a clear bicycle lane. I never really saw a parking lot for cars, but there are huge areas everywhere for parking bikes.   We also met a group of students on bicycles when we boarded a ferry.  This was their daily commute to school.  
 
If you ever have the opportunity to consider a Bike & Barge adventure in Europe, I highly recommend.  We felt as though we were not only SEEING the country, we were really IN it.  
 
A typical stop along the way.  
 
 


Rails-to-Trails of Wayne County Board Members
President: Don Noble II, Shreve   
Vice President: Ted Short, Wooster 
Secretary:  Katie VanZile, Marshallville
Treasurer: David L. Lehman, Orrville 

 

Trustees:

Tom Bahl, Shreve      Susan Baker, Creston    
Pat Glessner, Sterling       Phil Grimm,  Kidron       
Becky Jewell, Orrville      Jenni Reusser, Orrville

Keith Winkler, Sterling    Keith Workman, Orrville