Well before I got on this flight to Hong Kong I did not know about the great American Johnny Appleseed. I now know a bit about the eccentric folk hero who traveled around Ohio in a canoe with a bag of apple seed in the early 19th century as the new arrivals were required to plant 50 fruit trees on the land that they claimed as a sign they intended to remain. It seems that a lot of these trees were apples, the fruit was used to make cider and applejack (a crude brandy), I think this help take the edge off such a hard new life they had taken on. It seems that there are still wild apple trees from his seed on the back roads. It does sound like a perfect road trip for Tom Coward after all the apple tree planting he has undertaken over the years.