Back in July, I wrote about my key goal for 2013. “On the Journey to a Goal” I talked about hiking The Bruce Trail end to end. It follows the Niagara Escarpment and is the longest continuous foot path in Canada.
I have now achieved that goal! I have walked the 892.4 km trail in 51 hikes over 10 months.
My hiking partner and I left the Southern Terminus in Niagara Falls on November 19th, 2012. We arrived at the Northern Terminus in Tobermory yesterday afternoon.
We’ve hiked in snow, rain, over ice, in mud, sweltering heat, and gorgeous sunny days.
We’ve walked beautiful forest trails, navigated treacherous climbs and descents, picked our way carefully on rocks, had soakers on water crossings, been chased by cows, attacked by a dog, and had multiple snake encounters.
We’ve seen magnificent vistas, dozens of waterfalls, many deer, rabbits, and a porcupine.
I’ve broken a hiking pole and I’m on my third pair of hiking boots.
All of this was achieved on a foot with a crushed joint on the big toe. I deliberately delayed surgery until we could complete this journey. The pain often made me think I made a bad decision.
…but we are now finished!! It’s been an absolutely amazing experience. Achieving a major goal is priceless!!