8 days on the Great Allegheny Passage & C&O Canal Towpath
Summer 2019 ~ It's YOUR Turn to Ride!
Since our October announcement of our fourth C&O/GAP group ride,  
five people have expressed interest. We have room for seven more. Don't miss out!

Anyone who has taken this fundraiser tour for RTWC with Keith Workman, our fearless leader and planner extraordinaire, will be happy to tell you it is well organized, plenty of fun, and an experience to treasure.  The bonus is Keith's familiarity with the trail and his knowledge of the fascinating history along the way, as well as his wife Carol's exceptional cheerful assistance.
Whether the trip will be west to east (Pittsburgh to D.C.) or east to west (D.C. to PIttsburgh) has not yet been decided, nor has an exact date been set. 
Lodging will be two riders to a room (hotels/B&Bs). If you are considering the trip and do not have a spouse who will also ride, recruit a friend who will ride and will be your roommate.  If you do not have that option, let us know you are interested and perhaps someone else will also be seeking a roommate.
Pricing is per person and includes transportation for you, your luggage and your bike from Orrville and returning to Orrville, lodging for 8 nights, and 8 breakfasts.
We expect the trip to fill up quickly, so if you would like to go, reply to this email to express your interest.
Complete details will be announced in our December 2018 newsletter email
Becky Jewell and Jenni Reusser with Frank McGuire, IHTC Project Manager, and Christopher Corbran, Community Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.

Your RTWC Board Members make every effort to be active, connected and informed. Becky Jewell and Jenni Reusser, members of the Wayne County Rails-to-Trails Board of Directors, recently attended the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition 2018 Fall Summit in Morgantown, West Virginia, to connect with other trail builders and to learn about issues, opportunities, trends and approaches to successful trails. Rails-to-Trails organizations across the country, with oversight from the national Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, are dedicated to "creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people."
The Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition, not to be confused with our local Heartland Trail project, is a group of many organizations and stakeholders in the four-state area of Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia who meet quarterly to collaborate and advance the vision. More than 100 agencies and organizations, who are actively planning and building trails, have participated in the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition concept. This coalition of trail supporters includes government, nonprofit and private foundation entities, as well as land managers and railroad interests, all working together to position trail development as a regional priority.
Reusser attended breakout sessions on "Making the Value Case for Your Trail" and "Communicating to Get People Involved." Jewell attended sessions about "Turning Gaps Into Connections" and "Trail Branding and Wayfinding," while both attended the "Long Term Maintenance Considerations" sessions. The presenters were all highly qualified and did an excellent job of sharing important information.
"I especially enjoyed the information shared in the "Value Case" forum," said Reusser. "We are good at telling our story when it comes to health, recreation, and the positive adaptive re-use of abandoned rail beds. With the help of Shane Farthing from the conservancy, we learned we can do a better job of helping people understand the clear economic value of having trails in our city, county and state."
Jewell, who is Trail Manager for our active Heartland Trail project, was fully engaged in the long term maintenance session. "Steve Studenmund from Franklin County/Columbus Metroparks gave an outstanding presentation about key elements in building and maintaining trails," said Jewell. "Every point he made was clear and very applicable to our existing trails and to our current project."  
Gates Upgraded and Installed
Walkers are welcome to explore future sections of The Heartland Trail
We recently opened 1/3 mile of paved trail north of Market Street in Marshallville to connect with the 2.4 miles that we are currently constructing from Marshallville to Forrer Road in Orrville.  This  photo shows the gate at the end of the 1/3 section of paved trail, where it then continues unpaved east to Warwick Road. It is mowed and open for walking.  The more people use the trail for walking, the more it discourages all terrain vehicle use, which is prohibited. 

Now that access is needed to the solar field and the Multi Agency Radio Communications tower, we moved the gate from near Market Street up to the northern end of the pavement which makes the 1/3 mile of paved trail easier to reach.  The gate in its new location is fully intended to block all motorized vehicle access to the future trail. Violators should be reminded this is private property and our gates mean "Keep Out."   

Parking for walkers is available in three locations: 1) in Marshallville,  2) at the west side of Coal Bank Rd. and 3) at the east side of Black Diamond Rd.  See below photos of our new gate at Black Diamond, installed by Mike Fulton and Dale Buchwalter.  Motor vehicles of all kinds are prohibited but walkers are welcome to enjoy this future section of The Heartland Trail. 

Construction Continues on 2.4 Miles of The Heartland Trail
Ditches and Drainage and Digging, Oh My!
You can begin to see how wonderful this trail is going to be.  We are able to make this happen thanks to  your continued support.  We couldn't do it without YOU.  .  
It's fascinating to see what all is involved in building a superior trail.  It's a long process and unexpected things do arise, but we are very excited about the progress on this beautiful section of trail .
This is what they mean by "Boots on the Ground"
Keith Workman, RTWC Founder, and Becky Jewell, Heartland Trail Manager, are on site nearly every day checking on construction progress and updating neighboring property owners.
In this photo their boots are much cleaner than usual!

Grab the Good Days and Get Out There!
County Line Trail, October 30, 2018

Sippo Valley Trail, October 30, 2018

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 



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

Paul Vance, Orrville.         Keith Winkler, Sterling     

Keith Workman, Orrville