Saturday, May 1, 1999

Campbell Hill, Ohio (1,549)

1st High Point Achieved
43rd Height Rank
47th Difficulty Rank

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Ohio, my home state, and my very first highpoint achieved!  

Here's how these little adventures were started.    I was introduced to a co-worker that he and his wife would travel around the country visiting state highpoints.   He would go for the weekend and the next week at work talk about where he had gone.  I was in my early 20's at the time and while it was fascinating to listen to his stories, it wasn't until 5 years later that I made my state highpoint's maiden voyage.

I don't think the day even started out as a destination trip to visit a state highpoint, to my recollection it just happened that I was in the area of Bellfountaine, Oh riding motorcycle with my friend John.   My bike I rode was my first motorcycle, a 1988 Honda Hawk GT 650.    The country roads around Bellfountaine were inviting.   My first time in the area and I happened to remember that Ohio's highpoint was somewhere nearby.

Back at this time there were no Google maps or cell phones, so when lost we would break out an old fashion map, fold it out and figure out how to get from here to there.    I think every state's highpoint is labeled on maps, so we figured out we were not too far away and decided to see if we could find it.  Without too much circling around we made it to the highpoint.  I don't recall even if we had a camera at the time to snap a photo.

Ohio is not the hilliest state, however, this state high point is in a relatively non-Appalachian part of the state.   There are lots of great rolling hills to be found in Ohio, but near the highpoint it's pretty much as flat as a pancake.