I finally set off to start my walk from Sam Cancilla Park today. I forgot about the silent beauty of Kempenfelt Bay in the morning; the sounds and smells of an Ontario lake or bay is difficult to put into words. I unloaded my cart from the back of the truck, took a few pictures, hugged my mom, then off I went. My dad had work and a Dr’s appointment, so he wasn’t able to see me off; we both said our goodbyes and good luck the night before. I would like to try and keep these posts short if possible, especially after trying days; however, concise writing is my weakness.
The spring weather was perfect: pleasant in the early morning hours and an almost uncomfortable humidity after the noon hour. The post will be easy today: I walked 30.2 km in 32 degrees celsius temperatures, which I think is a great opening day; however, I must slow down — my pace was anywhere between 8.6 to 5.6 km/h as reported by my inReach. The cart did all the hard work, but this is way to fast for my first day. I am thankful for no sweaty backs or sore knees!
The novelty of this first day was great and I will keep this memory with me forever. I will soak up the ease of these first days, since hard days are on the horizon. Overall, the organization of gear in the cart is shameful, but I have the summer to figure it out. Tonight, I lay in my tent adjacent to the TCT trail and a farmers field just south of Elmvale, ON, listening to the dark silence and swarming black flies and mosquitoes around my head. I was given a break today: the swarms of black flies have given me a one day of reprieve to enjoy the sights and sounds before they begin their assault on me.