The Odyssey Begins: May 17, 2017

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.

5 thoughts on “The Odyssey Begins: May 17, 2017

  1. Matt,
    You are awesome!
    Double check the map route on the blog actually ends up in Anchorage.
    So we are climbing Denali after you are done?
    All the best,

  2. Great first day Matt. Will be watching your Odyssey closely. Good luck and safe journey. Enjoy the adventure.
    Uncle David

  3. Matt,
    A cheery thought from ‘Dad’. “The first 120km are easy. Its the remaining 12,000 that will make your gronachs turn blue!”
    Keep the updates comin’!

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