Finished Hiking Canada’s Longest Trail!!!

30 days, 4 hours exactly to complete an end to end hike of Canada’s oldest and longest marked trail. Through the rain, subzero temperatures, rocky terrains -the sun shined and the views were incredible.Ā Bears, rattlesnakes and porcupines were some of the exotic animals we walked amongst. Sea stacks, grottos, and impossibly lush forest were some of the sights witnessed.

All in all this journey has been more than I imagined it’d be. The people who make the community of volunteers and hikers are of great character. Helpful and fun, and always interested in meeting an “end to ender”.

This was to be a 900km meditative walk in Canada’s finest forests, to test out my equipment and determination for the Appalachian Trail this month.

There were some moments of clarity and mindfulness- however the challenges and push each day required made it much more taxing than i had imagined.

If the AT is a go, a lighter pack is needed. That, is for sure.

Otherwise I can’t see the AT offering anything more substantial than what the Bruce Trail offers- other than endless mountains of course…

Extremely happy to be in Tobermory, and, I even found a ride back to hammer town!

So, where to next?

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Hike Naked! Bruce Trail Day 27

I had read a while back of a crazy couple of ladies hiking the Appalachian Trail buck naked. Also the June 21 Naked Hike Day on the AT that had caused a stir…

Back in the beginning of my 30 day hike, one of the trail captains tells me of some people who hike naked along the Bruce.

He leans in close and says, “they don’t even have anyplace to put their trail maps!”

I tried to imagine what it’d be like seeing some naked hikers marching on by. Images of long hair, tie dyed bandanas and pot smoke came to mind…

However, It’s always been on my (strange) bucket list to go off, and, just go for it. It’s not illegal (that I know of), and the people you run into out here are of a special breed anyhow.

So, after morning Yoga, I started walking and realized I hadn’t seen anyone in 24 hours… Screw it!

So off come the clothes again and off I go, –bare feet, n bare ass.

Sounds like the title for the new blog…

I didn’t run into any hikers, nor terrorize the public. No pros or cons in terms of comfort, but it was nice to catch that cool breeze off the lakes.

No urge to make a habit out of it. One more experience to check off the list- because life’s just to damn short šŸ˜‰

Now, in Lions Head, where promptly I went for breakfast at the local greasy spoon. I met a few other Hammer town hikers and chatted about this n that- good peoples out here on the trail.

80kms to go!

Rory had a hockey tournament and is a day behind me, it’d be great to cross into Tobermory as a team!

Happy Trails on the Bruce

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Final Section: Peninsula Club- day 24

The last few days have really made me want to call off the AT hike, tentatively planned for this June. Pushing hard to get to town, no water for 30+kms, sore feet and poor sleeps we’re wearing me down.

In Wiarton resting, there’s 166kms left to go to Tobermory!

No more night hikes, as you trip over every little rock. The glowing eyes following you in the dark don’t bother me, it’s fun to imagine which animal they belong to as they dart around.

Didn’t see a single meteor during the shower either, a little disappointed.

Today I’ve been bitten by angry ants, mosquitoes, and of course the lovely black flys.

So going to push a few more kms today, 2 more days has a small town with store for resupply. 2-3 days after that is Tobermory, sightseeing on the islands, then figure a way back to hammer town.

Then a flight to a beach in Thailand… I mean Maine. A forest in Maine… Haha why does one always look back fondly on these hikes, when in reality…

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Soggy Porcupines on the Bruce Trail -Day 21

Made it to Owen Sound after a soggy, wet couple of days.

First stop, as always, does this town have shoes for my oversized feet.

After 3 stores, yes, 1 pair fit and may not cause too many issues.

Still loving the barefooted days, it just gets so cold up here that it’s painful at times.

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Some incredible sights, free-ranged cow farms that you walk through were my favorite part so far šŸ™‚

2 days to make Wiarton, which will be the last section of the Bruce Trail, the Peninsula Club.

A night walk is planned, maybe tomorrow as there may be some meteors left from tonight’s major shower!

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