Bruce Trail Adventure #1 – Niagara 0 to 21.9

After so many years of enjoying hiking and having enjoyed some of the bruce trail we FINALLY decided to make it official and hike the trail end to end. It’s going to take us a while and we have no set deadline but we’re excited about it and at almost 900 km it’ll probably take us around 50 hikes in total. For some general information you can check this out here.

We decided to start in Niagara Falls and finish in Tobermory. On September 21st we ventured out. I was excited to start however the weather forecast was calling for rain and I didn’t think it was going to be such a good idea. But my husband thought it was going to stop by noon and that we’d be ok so with ponchos and umbrellas we set out on our adventure.

These hikes are more than just exercise. Getting there with two cars means driving on the highway and that’s HUGE for me. I have serious issues and anxiety with big highways so getting there was already a big step. It rained through the whole drive there but since it was pretty early traffic wasn’t so bad. I thanked God and the angels while driving and we got there ok. Phew…what a relief!

We parked one car at the end of our planned hike and drive to the start. Queenston Heights park was pretty easy to find and we stopped at the South Terminus cairn for photos in the rain but we were excited to get going. Honestly if I knew how awful the day was going to be I probably would never have left home.

We easily found the trail and it was raining…actually it rained the whole time…all seven hours and 40 minutes of our hike…yes…we walked all day. The only time I stopped was to take off my very wet socks, wring them out and keep going. There really wasn’t anywhere lovely to sit anyway so we kept going. We only had one wrong turn but we recovered very quickly. Most of the trail was very well marked but the wrong turn resulted in us seeing the entrance to a cave under some rocks and a fire pit so I’m sure some kids are enjoying that part of nature.

In the first hour our feet were soaked. Water everywhere and slippery mud made it very difficult. The trails go up and down. We walked the equivalent of 89 flights of stairs and it was over 40,000 steps that day. It was slow and by ten kilometres I was really miserable. It wasn’t really pleasant at all but we had no choice but to keep going. We were muddy and dripping. I doubt any taxi would even consider giving us a drive.

My legs were hurting, my heel didn’t like any pressure and I could feel blisters forming. By the time we got to the car I was thinking that I’d crawl faster. Being hunched over due to the rain didn’t help my neck and shoulders feel good either. We finished the hike very cold and wet but with some warm food at the end of the hike and a warm car we took the long way home and enjoyed a hot bath when we got home.

Coolest thing on the trail: The little ladder things they have for you to climb over private fences in the trail and a tunnel we had to go under that is called the screaming tunnel…I was relieved that it wasn’t very long.
Weirdest thing on the trail: A pair of red boxer shorts on part of the trail that ran through a golf course.
Funniest thing on the trail: Almost slipping down the trail and thinking I was going to slide down the darned thing.

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