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Ed and Ron

We never know what or who a day will bring here at The Mill House.  Last Thursday was one of those days.  As I was doing my weekly pre-weekend chores to prepare for guests, I glanced out the front door and noticed a green clad, backpack laden fellow walking down the other side of the street.  I watched him for a few seconds walk in the rainy weather and concluded he must be hiking through town.  I didn’t think much of it since we get many cross country bicyclist in Grand Rapids each summer.  I figured he must be walking to Mary Jane Thurston State Park to camp, although the wet rainy weather would make for a miserable night.

Ron and I continued with our daily routine,  not putting much more thought into the hiker.  We took off to run some errands and visit a friend with our business phone forwarded to my cell phone.  While out and about, I received an inquiry about a room for the night with the possible guest promising to call me back when he had made a decision.

After returning home, we received a call back and our guest was standing at the front door.  Guess who?  It was the hiker who I had seen walking down the street.  He seemed relieved to get in out of the damp weather and quickly introduced himself as Ed.  Ed was from Silver Springs, Maryland and was hiking the canals in Ohio.  He told us how glad he was that we had a room after a very trying day in Grand Rapids.

Not only was the weather crummy, but someone had called the sheriff on him.  He had gone to our small town library and received a visit from the sheriff.  Someone thought he was a homeless man wandering the streets.  Ed explained that he was usually patient with these types of misunderstandings, but today he was just tired and frustrated.  He mentioned that the mid-west states were particularly skeptical of hikers.  Ed asked the sheriff to “google” his name to prove he was who he said he was.  Apparently the sheriff was slightly embarrassed by the episode and apologized.

Ed Talone, is a hiker who has walked over 60,000 miles.  He accompanied Sue Lockwood, a blind and diabetic woman, on her cross country hike in 1998.  Ed wrote an article for American Hike entitled   A Hiker Like Anyone Else .  We enjoyed his stories and great sense of humor.

After Ed checked out, I left the inn to meet a friend for lunch.  I received a call from Ron asking if I had gotten the room keys from Ed.  Nope, I didn’t have them.  Poor Ron ended up on a wild goose chase, playing phone tag with Ed and driving up and down county roads to retrieve the keys.  Luckily Ed had gone into an auto repair shop and some customers told him they would return our keys to us.  Ed emailed us later that day and claimed we had foiled his plans to keep our keys!  We truly appreciated the note he left in the room journal…” In 60,000 miles of walking,  I’ve never stayed in a friendlier place.”  Thanks Ed, we hope you were truly refreshed by your night in The Mill House.

Proverbs 11:25  A generous person will prosper, whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.








  1. Natalie Evans, April 3, 2015

    We just had the pleasure of meeting Ed also. He popped onto our front porch for shelter from the pouring rain yesterday (4/2/15). He only asked for shelter on our porch from the anticipated lightening storm, but after talking with him for a bit, and doing a Google search on his name, we soon realized Ed was an okay guy. We invited him in for dinner and a place to spend the night. He was thankful to have a dry place to sleep. Ed shared many stories, and we all had a few laughs. What was first feelings of skepticism turned into being an honor and privilege having Ed in our home with us, sharing his journey with him. We are happy to be a part of his story now. As I was doing some more looking on the web about Ed, I came across his picture posted here on your website. When I saw it, I remebered Ed mentioning your place in his stories about his travels. He was very impressed. What a joy to see how God places people in each others’ lives. May the Lord continue to bless Ed on his journey and all those he meets along the way! 🙂

    • innkeeper, April 3, 2015

      Bless you for hosting Ed. You are right, the Lord tends to put people together. Thank you for your comment!

  2. Kelly Doherty, October 12, 2020

    My husband and I just met Ed a few days ago at a campground in North Dakota. He was hiking the North Country Trail heading to Walker, MN and we ended up visiting and feeding him lunch. It was a fun, quick visit and he went on his way. He said he only had twelve miles to go that day and was spending the night at someone’s home. I have to chuckle as to the comment about God putting people together as I was thinking that all along after meeting him. Even though it was impressive to hear the amount of hiking he had done, we did not quite realize what a hiking celebrity Ed was until we started doing a bit of research today. Very fun to be a very little part of his amazing journey!

  3. Cyndi Stewart, November 8, 2020

    We just had the pleasure of meeting Ed today hiking the Gay Lea Wilson trail in Altooma, Iowa. We are enjoying his story online.



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