Len cruised through Ohio yesterday, checking in at Time Stations 42, 43 and 44 before calling it a night just after midnight this morning.  Hopecam thanks supporters Richard & Kelley Funk, Keith Willner, Anita Cosgrove, Ronald Paul and Thomas Dewey! 

In 13 and a half hours, Len traveled just over 167 miles, at an average pace of 12.24 miles per hour.  After 2,500 miles and an overall race average speed of 11.23, believe it or not, our guy is picking up speed!  He and the crew look fantastic, too.  Enjoy the photos above sent in by Len from his phone. 

(Crew picture from left to right: Steve Gurney, Bill Sickenberger, Ed Cepulis, Wayne Smith, Greg Wood, Kenny Gates, Len Forkas, Joe Knill, Bill Vitek, Kaitee DeMonti, John Moore.  Not pictured, Brian Daum, Amy Doherty, Scott Stewart.)

Here’s a bit about what Len and the crew passed along the way, yesterday:

At TS42 in Blanchester, Ohio, the students at the Flint Hill School tell us:  Blanchester, Ohio is home to Clarence J. Brown, who was a Supreme Court justice. Cincinnati is a good tourist attraction and people, who live here would likely root for the Cincinnati Bengals, and the University of Ohio Buckeyes. Blanchester gets 43 inches of rain per year, and is home to around 4,000 people.

According to local history, the Ohio state seal was based upon the view from the Adena Mansion in Chillicothe, Ohio at TS 43.  That’s Mount Logan in Ross County in the background.  Chillicothe, from the Shawnee, meaning “principal town,” was the first capital of Ohio when it joined the Union in 1803.

Wikipedia states that TS43, Athens, Ohio, “has a three-centuries old recorded history. The city was founded in the eastern region of the two major Native
American mound building groups, the Adena culture, c. 1000 B.C. to A.D. 200; the Ohio Hopewell tradition, c. 300 B.C. to A.D. 700. By the middle of the eighteenth century, the Shawnee, an Algonquian tribe, were the primary tribe of Native American Indians living in what would become Athens County.”