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Day 5 – The Island Walk

Tuesday September 7, 2021

I’ve walked 119 kilometres! Only 581 to go…okay, that’s still a lot!

Today’s walk

Today’s 20km included some walking on red dirt roads, which are picturesque, peaceful, and my favourite surface. When I came off of those, both the Loyalist and St. George’s Roads, I strolled into the pretty town of Cardigan. I was thinking of my friend, Bay, back home in Prince Edward County, who grew up in Cardigan when I snapped this pic.

The wind was blowing madly but blue sky was peaking through the clouds. I took a break in the gazebo by the water as boats bobbed in the harbour. Directly across from the Visitor Centre is Canada’s smallest library. So cute!

With the warmth of the sun and a steady breeze, conditions were ideal and the trail was an appreciated change from roads. Scenic views from a number of bridges can be found along this section.

At one point,(possibly distracted by the views?) having just stopped to take a few photos, I forgot my trekking poles on the bridge! I didn’t realize it until we were about a kilometre down the trail. My hiking buddies saved the day, though!

Pat, who also walked with us but isn’t in the photo, preferred being the photographer.

They insisted on my resting while they went back to retrieve my poles. By then, I had already hiked 12 or so kilometres and my left foot was a bit sore. They soon returned with my poles. The resting did me a world of good and we were on our way again.

A bit further up the trail, Bryson Guptill met us with Lily, the energetic puppy. Bryson, as I have mentioned in previous posts, initiated the making of The Island Walk and wrote TIW guidebook. He brought me the hot-off-the-press Island Walk passport. This is a record keeping card which, when filled in, I’ll be able to use for my official TIW completion certificate!

The day ended with my brother, Rick, picking me up and taking me back to his home in St. Peter’s Bay. I had been craving fries from his restaurant and that’s what I had for my first dinner, before a second delicious dinner with him and his family. Vegan chocolate fudge ice cream, from my thoughtful sister-in-law, Seana, made for a perfect end to the day! Tomorrow, it’s Montague to Gaspereaux.

Lastly, we are at $3540 for the Lennon Recovery House fundraiser! That’s more than halfway to the goal of $7000!

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far and for all you encouraging comments. I read and appreciate them all!

If you haven’t made a donation but would like to, or to simply learn more about the fundraiser and what we are trying to do for Lennon House, this is the link.

More to come. Thanks for reading!

Christine

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