So lets dive into this routing issue.
The question was, If the new found path north of Hwy 52 is actual Boone Trace then where might we find the path south of Hwy 52? We know the pioneers followed Otter Creek but if you notice on the map, Otter Creek ends at Lake Reba to the south. The northern shore of the lake is straight and parallel to Catalpa Loop which is very rare in the natural world. A closer inspection of a satellite image will show that the straight shore contains a dam and a spillway.
Eureka! Lake Reba is a man made lake created by the damming of Otter Creek. The original Boone Trace is under Lake Reba.
The Mayor of Richmond, Kentucky., Jim Barnes, has graciously invited me to walk across the Gibson Bay Golf Course and any city land I see fit to walk on in order to stay as close as possible to the original Trace. I may not be able to walk across every bit of private land that contains original trace but many land owners and city officials in Kentucky have been very generous with their permission. Not only Richmond, but the towns of Middlesboro, London, and Berea are excited to have their towns part of a future Boone Trace hiking trail.