6 responses to A sheep shearer’s journey down the Holmes County Trail

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    A sheep shearer’s journey down the Holmes County Trail (November 14th, 2007 at 18:11)

    In September 2003 I rode to Holmes County and ran into someone at our campground who said he was on some commission for making bike trails like this — for bicycles and buggies. I didn’t feel like arguing, but I didn’t like the idea at all. But if the Amish people there think it was a good expenditure of funds compared to other ways of improving transportation, maybe I would change my mind. I’ve talked about this online with other bicycle tourers — maybe I’ll dredge up my old comments and put them in my blog.

    A sheep shearer’s journey down the Holmes County Trail

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    A sheep shearer’s journey down the Holmes County Trail (November 15th, 2007 at 18:01)

    It seems to be a pretty useful trail for a number of the Amish, at least those that are within buggying distance…quite a few use it for trips to Millersburg…I don’t know about the cost/benefit analysis, I wonder what else the money could have been used for…any ideas?

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    A sheep shearer’s journey down the Holmes County Trail (November 15th, 2007 at 20:52)

    I’ll blog about it — but in brief the alternate would be to use the money to improve shoulders on existing roads to make them buggy friendly (and bicycle friendly). Some of the roads in Holmes County do have very wide shoulders to accommodate buggies (and bicycles). They also seemed to be in need of some maintenance when I was there, though maybe that would be more for the benefit of bicyclers than buggies.

    A sheep shearer’s journey down the Holmes County Trail

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    Train bed converted to Amish trail (November 16th, 2007 at 00:32)

    Train bed converted to Amish trail

    I see what you mean…I’m guessing they saw a rare opportunity in this old train bed to make a motor-vehicle free thoroughfare and they jumped on it…one that would actually be quite functional in a practical manner–not just a recreational track you’d find in a city park that goes nowhere but one that actually gives them an otherwise unheard-of chance to completely get away from cars while in the buggy, and which can actually take them to places they need to go. If I were Amish and in the vicinity I think I would back this 100%–it must get pretty old dealing with automotive traffic while riding in a vehicle that could basically be obliterated at any moment by a careless driver (as I’m sure you know pretty well being on the bike as much as you are!).

    Train bed converted to Amish trail

  • Legend has it that Isaac the Sheep Shearer has no home. He relies on the hospitality of those who hire him and is happy to sleep in their barns. Maybe you could confirm/deny this rumor, having spoken to him personally.

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    A sheep shearer’s journey down the Holmes County Trail (May 20th, 2010 at 12:31)

    Freda that is interesting and I had not heard that about him. When I ran into him it seemed to be that he was heading home somewhere in Wayne County. Sounded like he did spend quite a bit of time on the road though.

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