Took a half day off and relaxed in Eugenia. Needed it due to blisters. Unfortunately, a rather large one tore open this morning and the pace is now slow and difficult. I will take my time and saunter along until I think I cannot go any longer though. 🙂 Beautiful day yesterday and very humid this morning. My goal is to make it well past Hoggs falls today. Here goes! 🙂
Well, day 5 on the trail was fabulous. Beautiful day, awesome people, and great scenery. There were only two pitfalls to yesterday. I ran out of water and the coyote’s were extremely noisy last night. Many thanks to the couple I met on the top of old baldy and to Mike McCormack who I met way past old baldy. They both supplied me with water as water was scarce indeed out here.
I also had the pleasure of meeting up with a Mennonite family who were watering their horses. Very nice people. 🙂
The major highlights for the day were Metcalf rock and old baldy. These are both musts to s see.
Wildlife is sparse up here. I did hear a bear in the distance, nothing to worry about, and those pesky coyote’s were yelping all around my camp last night. Needless to say, I am tired and slow this morning but will be in Eugenia soon for a nice swim. 🙂
Well, the lessons keep coming folks. I still managed a bit of distance on day 3 but decided to take a break for a day and a bit. Why? Well, here are the lessons I learned and the reasons.
Lesson 1 – Pack light and only what you need. The exertion of carrying a 65 pound pack took a real bite out of me. I could not sleep and woke up exhausted.
Lesson 2 – Take ear plugs. I was setup on the top of a hill with 110 km/h winds. The constant noise made it impossible to sleep.
Lesson 3 – When hiking in extreme heat and humidity, make sure you are not becoming dehydrated and keep you electrolyte levels up. Drinking lots of water is not enough. I easily consumed over 10 liters of fluids, including one electrolyte drink, but I still wound up losing 10 pounds in two days. This is not good. Now I know to drink lots, and take many breaks on hot days like yesterday.
Lesson 4 – Do not mess with your foot wear before you leave on a hike. This is a huge thing when you are hiking. I thought I was doing a good thing by purchasing custom orthotics for my hike. While they are indeed good, I did not think about the fact that foot would now be positioned differently. This, in combination of having footwear that do not breathe well led to blisters on three toes and one heal. I am now changing back to my keens but still keeping the orthotics as my feet, with the exception of the blisters, did not hurt at all after close to 50 km’s.
Lesson 5 – Do not forget your bear bag. For those of you who don’t know what a bear bag is, there is a sack named the UR Sack. This bag is used by everyone out there as it has been tested by many people, including the military, and even grizzly bears cannot get into them when they are tied properly. If you forget your bear bag, you will spend sleepless nights wondering if the bears and other animals are going to try and get into your tent. The best defense against bears and other animals is not to have any odors in your camp/ They will not be attracted to your camp this way and you can sleep soundly knowing they will not come by in the night. Did you know that a bear can smell food with a 20km radius? In order to be perfectly safe, place all you food, toiletries, and garbage in odor free bags and place them inside the bear bag. Then tie the bear bag to a tree or rock at least 25 yards from your camp. If something does try to get into it, worst case is that a few things may get crushed. Check out the video below to see what I mean. 🙂
I am taking tomorrow off, to fix a few things, get my bear bag, and let my blisters heal. I will resume my hike on Tuesday morning. 🙂
My second day on the Bruce was extremely hot and humid. I still managed a good distance but quickly realized that I needed to unload some weight as my pack was far too heavy.
Lesson 1 – Take only what you need. Chances are you quickly realize you do not need a lot of the stuff you first thought you would. LOL Thankfully, my mom and Gary offered to let me unload some food and unnecessary items. They also offered to do a food drop or two for me. Huge thanks to them. 🙂
While I carried a 65 pound pack for the first day and most of the second day, I still managed to see some nice sights and learn some history of the area I was hiking through. Check out the Old Mail Road photo. Here are a few photos.
Bees! Bees! They are bombing!!!!!
The Old Mail Road
Breakfast View Anyone?
Gotta love some of the rock formations
Spent my first night on the trail and of course it rained. Lol. Actually, I like the rain. My knee is acting up a bit so I figure this trek may be slower to start. No worries though. 🙂
Here is where I spent my first night
And, what a gorgeous morning it was
I am currently sitting at the top of the Georgian peaks ski hill, looking over the bay and drinking coffee. Yep, it is going to be a great day. 🙂
Everyone have an awesome day and I will be posting again soon.
I will be starting a 3 week hike of the Bruce Trail on Friday August 19th. This hike will start at the Beaver Valley section and I will be thru hiking to Tobermory. This will take me through the Beaver Valley, Syndenham, and Bruce Peninsula sections. Hopefully, I will arrive in Tobermory with a couple of days to spare. If so, and you are up that way during the week of September 4th, drop by the Crowsnest for a visit. 🙂
During my hike, I will be updating this blog, which also automatically posts to my hiking world page on facebook. Additionally, the Where Is Tom Hiking Page, will track me as I progress through the hike. I will be posting photos and recaps of my daily treks as often as I can, so check back and see what the wilds of Ontario have to offer.