Our day started out in two very different places! Because Dan and I brought both cars ( I’ll get into that later) Dan had the flexibility to visit the International Taoist Tai Chi Centre in Orangeville. He opted to stay there overnight and attend the weekly Thursday evening classes… Apparently he learned the complexities of “wash the rice bowl” and “wave hands like clouds.” I chose to stay with Ian and Suzanne, and after a lovely dinner with Pete in Toronto last night we were ready to begin our journey!
Suzanne, Ian and I arrived in two cars and met Dan at our Treehouse B and B. From there we jockeyed 2 cars into the final and then starting position and began our trek. We started our journey just outside of Duncan, and ended close to Eugenia. And, of course, the superhero pose was requisite!
Sometimes the path reminded us of old roman roads on the Camino…
Or this one that features a field full of competing asters and golden rod ( sorry to say the season for poppies is long past!)All in all our trek was between 15-17 km, with a total of over 125 flights of stairs equivalent climbed! Feet are doing great, but ankles and calves are a little tender ( and yes, I did all my stretches!!! Let’s hope it helps tomorrow!!!)
Our last Kilometer seemed endless as we approached the road our vehicle was on, and then it appeared and we were relieved to fall into the comfy seats!
This trail is quite different from the Camino… No cafes every 3-7 km that serve you energizing cafe con leche, or limone, or make you your lunch for that matter! We need to carry all our fluids for the day, and our lunch and snacks. Not carrying what we did in the Camino, but need to ensure we have enough liquids to see us the distance. Dan brought a water filter, but many of the stream beds were dry. Tomorrow, we will carry more!
But this evening, Ian, Suzanne, Dan and I celebrated our successful start to this Canadian Trek ( apparently the oldest established walking trail in Canada)