Like the removal of KT tape over a hairy leg, I will deal with this nagging issue swiftly. Due to the cuts in bus services across much of Western Canada (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, B.C., and Yukon Territory) in the last year, I will be forced to end this year's walk early in Fort St. John, B.C., … Continue reading The Yukon, The Buses and The Plan
My energy is low and the days have become a monotonous minagery of back road roaming, highway walking, and mud trekking, which I have come to both love and loath. What has changed? Nothing. Weakness creeps in from time to time; energy levels range from organized dertermination to the disorganized energy of discontent, though there … Continue reading An Afternoon At The Beach
I am finding it very difficult to walk, write and relax this year for some reason. I'm still walking, still engaged, and still experiencing so much, but posting half baked ideas and observations I have been writing down each week just seems silly and repetitive now. There is plenty of material in the hopper, but … Continue reading Blog Post Scarcity
I began this year's walk with my summer sleeping kit, since climate normals and the weather forecast were conducive to the 7C limits of my sleeping bag. It looked like only a handful of days would be less than 7C -- nothing a few articles of clothing can't handle. The plan was fool proof; science … Continue reading Will I Ever Be Grateful?
I sit and think about how quickly time passes; it was a year ago today that I was injured and off-trail waiting for my lower leg to mend. Luckily for me, Google Photos 'rediscover this day' feature doesn't discriminate between good days and the days you would much rather forget. The topmost title photo is … Continue reading This Time Last Year
I knew the change in biome would pose new problems and teach me a lesson or two about the availability of certain resources, such as freshwater and shelter from the sun, which I have had to quickly adapt to: I carry more water, fill up all bottles whenever I come across water, and actively scan … Continue reading Walking in a New Environment and the People
During the walk last year in Northern Ontario, I met a cyclist on the road between Wawa and White River who gave me the contact information of a gracious couple in St. Claude, MB who host cross-country cyclists, world walkers, and continent crossing horseback riders to their home for a solid meal and a comfortable … Continue reading A Hutterite Colony Visit
Instead of walking the busy highways, I have ventured onto those one-and-a-half lane gravelled back roads; however, I quickly realized that one must ensure these roads are packed and gravelled, since the minor dirt roads criss-crossing the prairies are truly impossible to walk after any amount of rain has fallen, especially after the epic multi-day … Continue reading Walking the Prairie Backroads
May 16, 17, 18 After months of not walking I continue to be steadfast in my resolve to continue this audacious goal and project of mine: a solo and unsupported walk from Barrie, ON to Anchorage, AK. The off-season was a bumpy ride, but much was learned and I was able to obtain some in-kind … Continue reading Second Season and First Days
Dear Internet: I am revising and rewriting each of the 63 blog posts from the 2017 season before I leave for Winnipeg to start walking again. Matthew M.