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Day 4 – The Island Walk

Monday, September 6th, 2021

Started at 8am today in an attempt to avoid some of the rain that was forecast for later. I began just a few steps from Bay Fortune bridge, which is where I finished yesterday. I didn’t realize when I ended then that I was very close to the Fortune Community Centre at the bridge, and if one wanted to end there, that would be a logical spot versus where I stopped, up the road a bit by this sign.

I enjoyed a beautiful morning walk with the bay in view on my left and lovely homes on the right.

I was dry for a while until I got to Eglington when the first drops fell. By Howe Bay, it was coming down steadily. It basically rained on and off all day, but there was a nice stretch with no rain along Little River Road.

I especially like the solitude on these wide, albeit sometimes mucky in spots, red dirt roads. They’re unique and the surface is similar to hard sand, which is easier on my body than pavement road walks.

Sweet horses greeted me today

And cows

And a random potato!

At the end of Little River Road, when you turn left onto 7 Mile Road AKA Highway 4, you’re rewarded with Campbell’s gas station where there is a public washroom, snacks available, and a picnic table out back. The rain stopped as I got there just in time for a break.

The rest was a walk down busy Highway 4, toward Loyalist Road, and it poured and the wind blew! My rain gear is great though, so it was fine. I eventually turned left on to Loyalist Rd and went a couple of kilometres before being picked up by my awesome host and fellow hiker, Freda.

25.85 kilometres today, which means tomorrow I will make it to Montague, via Cardigan. I am also a day ahead of the schedule I’d originally set.


25.85

In closing, I mentioned in an older post that I sometimes listen to audiobooks, podcasts and music when I walk. I haven’t been doing that much here, but did a bit yesterday and today, especially in the rain. Music can be especially motivating for me and also helps me with keeping pace. On repeat lately: Stompa by Serena Ryder, Road to Nowhere by The Creepshow, and I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by Proclaimers.

Thanks as always for reading this, and a big thank you to all who have donated to the Lennon Recovery House fundraiser. We are now at $3,460! I’m so grateful and can’t wait to see the funds put towards the art space and art therapy programming for folks at Lennon House. Thank you all!

This is the link if you’d like to learn more or make a donation. https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/700km-island-walk-for-art-space-at-lennon-recove-2/

More on The Island Walk adventure to come tomorrow. I’m excited because the weather is supposed to be great!

Christine

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