The latest leg of my Virtual Hike was to Marengo, Iowa. This small town in Iowa was the end point of one of my family migrations from New England to Iowa. From here I will head East and stop along the way at some of the places where my ancestors lived.
The starting point for this leg was Ottumwa which is where the two branches of my family came together. See: Virtual Hike to Ottumwa, Iowa
In the map above you can see that I made a stop to the east of Ottumwa. But, first I had to make a small adjustment to my route as I left Ottumwa.
This is Canteen Lunch in the Alley. Here you can get a wonderful Loose Meat Sandwich.
If I was actually making this hike I would definitely have stopped for a bite to eat on my way out of town.
Now for that stop to the east of Ottumwa. There were many places in the area that I could stop at on my way to Marengo. The many branches of my family converged in Iowa in the mid to late 1800’s and lived all over the southern part of the state.
For this leg of the virtual hike I chose to make my way through Abingdon as I have recently written about the branch of the family that settled near there.
In the 1856 Iowa Census Silas Calvin Ramsey had Competine as his address. You can see Competine on the map above. It is about five miles from Abingdon. Click on the link above to find out more places in the area where Silas lived.
You can find out more about Jeremiah in my post A Virtual Hike Idea. The post will also give you a preview about some of the places the Virtual Hike is headed to this year.
I am a bit behind on posting about the Virtual Hike. I actually arrived in Marengo on Christmas so I am already on my way to the next stop.
Now for the rain to stop so I can get some long walks in. However, it is supposed to rain for much of the week. Today was really stormy with high winds and blowing rain.