Prior to Skye's appendix bursting and the subsequent surgery and hospital stay, we had planned a trip to go up to Bowling Green, Ohio to check out a the Great Black Swamp Olde Time Strongman Picnic.
Along the way we were going to grab several more high-points, five to be exact, which would have been a nice haul and well worth the detours.
However because of what happened to Skye, I had pretty much cancelled the trip altogether. On Thursday night we learned that Skye was going to be released from the hospital the next day. It's a ten and a half hour drive to Bowling Green which meant that we could still make it.
Skye said "Let's Go For It" and with that we were heading from the hospital home to pack and on the road.
We drove pretty late Friday, which gave us just enough time to swing over to Campbell Hill, the highest point in Ohio at a majestic 1,549 ft. above sea level.
It's a good thing it was so well marked, otherwise.....
"Saturday, May 12, 2012: See old time strongmen and martial artists performing amazing feats of strength and dexterity at the picnic grounds of the Old South Main School (437 South Main St., Bowling Green, OH 43402) from 1PM to 6PM.
No where else can you see performances like this! Not since the Bob Hoffman Birthday Picnics at the old York Barbell has anyone seen a classic picnic like you will witness in Bowling Green." from the Atomic Athletic website.
We made it to the picnic with time to spare.
It deserves its own post and I promise to have one up in the next day or so. As to the guy doing this one arm lift, each of those plates is 100 lbs and the bar and the bar weighs at least 45 lbs.
But like I said more on that to come.
The Road Home
After hanging out at the picnic for several hours as well as checking out the Atomic Athletic showroom which is like a museum for strength training equipment, we headed home to Atlanta with two simple goals.
One to get to Hoosier Hill, Indiana's high point before dark. And to get to a hotel in time to check out Game 7 of the Lakers vs. Nuggets series.
We just barely made it to the Hill due to several road closures and detours. And when we got there I realized that we were on empty.
Not Much of A Hill
It would have been impossible to know that we were on a hill much less the highest point in Indiana had there not been any signs.
But that's the way it is with a lot of the lower high points.
It was several miles to the nearest gas station but luckily it was all flat and we made it without incident.
And we made it out of Indiana, through Ohio and into Kentucky just in time to see the Lakers soundly beat the Nuggets and advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs.