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Day 1 of our 4 day hiking adventure into the Beaver valley. We left Magdalena’s house around 8am and arrived at our starting point; Maple Lane on the ridge of the escarpment overlooking the Blue Mountain ski resort where the Beaver Valley section of the Bruce trail officially starts just after 10am. After parking the car, organizing ourselves and taking our requisite pictures and a video for Joan (who has leant us a video camera to film some of our hikes for her documentary) we are off.

We are eager to see what we can accomplish in 4 continuous days. This will be a small measure to see what we are capable of doing over an extended trip of 6 weeks on the Camino; our next goal. We have arranged with our B&B hosts to pick us up from the trail, which allows us the flexibility of walking until we are tired and not having to anticipate where we will end each day.

The day is hot already when we start out at 10:20am, but we are equipped with loads of energy, enthusiasm, sunscreen, hats, 3 bottles of water each, as well as enough lunch and snacks to keep us going for a while.

The trail presents itself to us in its usual Bruce trail fashion; lots of climbing up and down craggy rock formations and steep inclines, some easy stretches along country roads and of course the many spectacular vistas.  We are hot and sweaty and run out of water somewhere around kilometre 13. It is too early to quit already so we are hopeful we will find a house along the road where we can get our bottles refilled. Sure enough we see Betty and Vernon sitting on their front yard on 6th line and approach them. Betty happily fills four water bottles and we sit with and listen to their stories of others whom they have encountered travelling on the Bruce trail. It is tempting to stay and relax in the shade, but we still have energy and are eager to do cover some more territory now that we again have water to sustain us.

By 5:20pm we have hiked 36,000 steps/ 25.66 km according to Magdalena’s watch (21.7 km according to the Bruce trail map), and are ready to quit for the day. We call Gisella our B&B host for the night as previously arranged, but apparently she has misinterpreted my email and has gone to look for us at another location.  After several more anxious telephone calls and a bit of a wait Gisella finally arrives to pick us up, get our car and take us to Ravenna Hill B&B which is perched high on a hill, providing a stunning view of the surrounding countryside and Georgian Bay. The place is well equipped, clean and private. We quickly change and drive out to The Dam Pub, in Thornbury for dinner and a beer. Dinner is slow to arrive and the one beer is having a strong impact on us. We head back to our B&B  just in time to see the sun set over the horizon and are in bed before dark.


2 responses to “HEAT, HILLS AND NOT ENOUGH H2O

  1. Linda Booy-Korvemaker

    Very impressive and inspirational!

  2. So was that a ‘dam’ pub ( because of the long wait) or was it called the Dam Pub?

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