Our first overnight in our tent, and all in all it wasn’t too bad. The evening cooled down to 14C, so it was perfect for sleeping! Doesn’t this look cozy??
We were both up early, so took our time making a fresh pot of French Press coffee and then into gourmet steel cut oatmeal with granola and cinnamon honey. I made our lunches first, and Dan did his Tai Chi. Once breakie was done and washed up, we were off!
As part of our “modified plan”, we were only able to spend one day north of Owen Sound. We chose to do the trail for a part, as well as take in a very interesting side trail, the Slough of Despond; or as my kids would remember it as the “swamp of sadness”! Hate to disappoint, but it wasn’t really a swamp, and it wasn’t sad, but I digress!
Since we were planning a circle route of about 15 km, we only needed one car. Once parked, we energized ourselves for the hike ahead. You got it, superhero with the 1000 yard state!
Our first trail was straight along the rough road we had just driven. It got ALOT rougher as we went down hill! It soon took a turn at the bottom, and became this one lane track filled with puddles, which attracted frogs, which in turn attracted snakes ( all small and nonvenomous I assure you!!!)
We followed this for another km or so ( through lots of poison ivy I might add) and then we came to a lovely pastoral side road. This was more like the Camino we knew, and we were able to make some good time along this!
After 5-7 km of road walking, it was back to the lanes and forests for us. We happened across this herd of sheep enjoying a little shade. Unfortunately their keepers, two very large golden sheep dogs were not as pleased to see us!
Well enough of these vistas standing on rock outcropping a that had been severed from the escarpment only to have their position anchored on high by a few cedar roots!!! Back into the woods we went! Now at this point, the guide suggested that we would be walking through a lovely grove of birch trees. Well, the grove was indeed lovely, but with the Karst topography you had the watch every step! It was like walking through a mogle field ( skiing reference) in the middle of the forest, only the depressions represented 2 to 1 odds that there was a never ending sinkhole!
I’m really glad that Dan was taking the lead and watching for the blazes, cause I wasn’t looking up for love nor money!!! ( come to think of it, the blazes were blue… Maybe that explains my mother’s expression “What in Blue Blazes…”
We soon left the forest ( not really soon enough!) and were walking along a farmers field where some dear soul had mowed a path with a bush hog! Thank you!!!
And a couple of fields later we reached our car with about 15 km behind us! Time to head back into town and get a) an new chair for me, cause the one that was packed was broken, b) some “meat” for Dan, ’cause clearly the carbonara’ wasn’t protein enough for my man, and c) get that drink poured!!! Success on all accounts!!!
On to dinner, and of course red wine! I’m not so sure it will be an early morning tomorrow!!!
Will be sending greetings tomorrow from Wiarton! Have fun till then!