It was just a half year ago that I posted an image of a future trail head on my blog, accompanied by an explanation of the historic significance of an unassuming empty field in the countryside and a claim that someday the spot would contain a trail head for the growing B&O Trail. During a recent Saturday morning long run on a cold and dreary December day, I could hardly contain my excitement when I saw the very first asphalt. The newest section of the recreational trail isn’t officially open yet, but of course that didn’t stop me from immediately changing direction and heading down the new black ribbon of pavement.
It’s hard to take running seriously without also paying attention to nutrition. My wife and I prepare super healthy and delicious meals that feature a lot of fresh seasonal produce. Some of the meals are part of a subscription to Blue Apron, while others are adaptations of our Blue Apron favorites. Shown here is shredded chicken over tomato wedges, cucumber slices, summer beans, and scallions on a bed of noodles with sesame oil and soy sauce and garnished with Furikake.
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a train station that served the pioneer town of Tilden Indiana stood in this field. In various eras, the trains that came to this station belonged to the Indianapolis, Decatur, and Springfield Railroad; the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad; and the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad. Neither the train station nor the pioneer town exist today. The railroad right-of-way was purchased by a grass-roots non-profit organization and is slowly being converted into a recreational trail. In a future year, this spot will contain a trail head and parking lot for runners and walkers using the B&O Trail. I run by this field on the road in the foreground most Saturday mornings.
When I moved my home to Indiana, I found myself undecided about what sports to pay attention to and which teams to root for. In time, my interests changed to long-distance running as a participation sport and IndyCar racing as a spectator sport. In the beginning of May, I ran a lap around the track of the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Indy 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. I didn’t snap any pictures that day because I was busy in my participation sport. I returned to the same track two weeks later to watch cars replace runners around the track a week in advance of the Indy 500 auto race. I had plenty of time on this day to snap pictures in my spectator sport.
Two weeks after I was born, my parents purchased this land and contracted for construction of this house in what was then Adams Township Ohio. My parents and I moved in six months later, and then a younger brother and sister arrived in the next few years to join us. I lived here until graduating from college and moving out to begin a career. Many decades later, I have mixed and complicated emotions as I come back to take charge of emptying and selling the house.