Day 163: Ohio is Looming Large

John Whitcomb Riley - Hoosier PoetBy my calculations, I should cross into Ohio in about three days. Now it looks like I’ll have Indiana’s Stats to do pretty soon. I’m still waiting to find something interesting in Indiana, so hopefully I’ll have an item for that category. We came another 20 miles today and are currently sitting in Knightstown, IN where a good portion of the movie Hoosiers was filmed. We are planning to see the museum at the school where it was filmed, but we may be too early to get in. Tomorrow it is on toward Centerville and another speaking engagement at the UMC.

Historic RoadToday Channel 20, WFYI of Indianapolis came out and did a segment for an October or November broadcast of their show Across Indiana.  Many thanks to Jim Simmons, Brian and Brandon for the time they took to get it right. I’ll let you know when it will air sometime in the future.

I have some belated THANK YOU’s that need to go out. These are in no particular order and I do hope I haven’t forgotten anyone. Valda & I spent hours going over the events and we think we have it all covered, but if I missed you, I apologize. Email me and let me know and I’ll acknowledge you. If you dropped cash in our donation box at the Circle or Beech Grove Bowl, I thank you. We have no way of knowing that, but it is important to us just the same. Many thanks to those of you who did that.

Rick Hammersley Across Indiana PBS SegmentThanks to my brother Ron for his hospitality at the Beech Grove Bowl and for letting Valda, Chris, Syndi and myself crash at his house for three days. Thanks to my nephew Scott for opening up his house for our family’s get together last Sunday. And thanks to Dennis & Patti S. for inviting Valda & me to spend the night on Tuesday – and for feeding us a couple of home cooked meals. We appreciate all that everyone did to make our stay a little better.

Thanks to Jan of Xocai who helped Ed Mason at the Circle and B.G. Bowl. Thanks to all of you who drove great distances to come to any of the events. Thanks to Kelly Vaughn of Emmis Broadcasting for all your help in setting up interviews and helping Valda with the media coverage. It was great meeting you Kelly and finally being able to put a face to that terrific voice (I used to listen to Kelly on WTPI when I lived in the Indy area). Thanks to Ashley Hardin-Hammonds of Fox 59 for all your help in getting our interview coordinated – you made it go so smoothly! Thanks also to Deann Milliken of the City of Indianapolis for working with us on the Monument Circle event. Thanks too to my daughter Syndi and son Chris for ALL their hard work both this past weekend and throughout the Walk. I know I don’t tell you enough, but your mom and I appreciate all you both do for us.

On Sunday as I said, we had a family gathering at my nephew’s place. Thanks to Brenda for organizing, cooking, and bringing most all the food at the reunion. Thanks also to Pam for providing the cake and some other food for the event. Thanks to brother Ron for bringing pizzas. If anyone else brought food, thank you.

Thanks to Bob F. for walking with me through East Indianapolis yesterday. Also thanks to Bob for the brand new walking stick he gave me at the Circle event. I want to thank all my buddies (Randy & the Gang) at Chattanooga Best Holiday Trav-L-Park for also sending me a new walking stick. I guess these people thought my poor little walking stick needed to be replaced. 😂 😂 😂 Thanks to all!

  • Total donations for the Circle event was $347.54
  • Total donations for the Bowl-o-thon was $728.28
  • Total donations for the Xocai event was $2,909.00
  • GRAND TOTAL: $3,984.82

Tomorrow I’ll get to thanking those of you who donated to either Gateway or to Valda’s gasoline fund. Right now I’m going to bed.

Miles Covered: 20
Total Miles: 2,470.25
Money Found: $0.60
Total Found: $71.01