Follow the Drinking Gourd
A slave's guide to escaping from slavery
Safe Houses and Stops
The route once you reach the upper south starts at Ripley on the banks of the Ohio River. This is in Kentucky and it is best to cross the river at night. Swimming is not advised, however there should be a former slave or a supporter of the abolitionist movement to help you cross. From there you must head to Columbus and then Cleveland. From Cleveland, enter the docks of Lake Erie and you will find a ship for slaves to cross to Canada.