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.
The first year has revealed one certainty: nothing goes as planned. However, there were some tasks where planning and preparation paid off in spades. The following are a few tasks that required some amount of planning: food preparation (dehydrated meal creation), fixing of route, and food/gear drop-off locations and dates. The most difficult task was … Continue reading Logistics and Such: One Year After
There are many reasons why I walk. In the beginning, My Walk was about rewriting 'my story' from a place where a life changing event occurred and the reverberations associated with this event. The event was an assault and a resulting traumatic brain injury and coma, but as the days and months pass under foot, … Continue reading Why do I Walk?
May 27, 2017 The glorious sun was finally out and I was able to start drying my socks and trail runners as I walked on the road. Walking up an down the asphalt hills has presented the smallest amount of strain within the left, anterior muscle compartment of my tibia; a small pain that could … Continue reading A Different Kind of Fortune
Date: May 26, 2017 I am a little behind with posting my updates, but I assure you things are as good as ever. Today's walk has brought me just 10 km outside of Huntsville. After this recent episode of foot blisters, I have become more aware of hotspots on my feet and the importance of … Continue reading Wet Feet/Dry Feet
After the Gravenhurst and Bracebridge Trans Canada Trail sections, I am mending the sores on my feet, eating, and resting in a motel room in Bracebridge, ON. The last two sections of trail have been the most difficult to date, primarily due to differences in terrain and moisture regimes: a greater abundance of wetlands and … Continue reading Bruised, Bitten, and Blistered
Hi there, and sorry for the paucity in my update. Still on the trail hunting down kilometers and experiencing the landscape I walk upon. Currently, I am 17 km and some decimal places from Bracebridge, ON, the location of my first box of food for pickup. Fortunately, I have lots of food left, so I … Continue reading Almost in Bracebridge
Walking is the easy part: one foot at a time. However, finding a place to camp for the night is not as easy. I have been lucky to find a spot on day one and two, but last night and tonight hasn't been easy. I don't really want to camp near a trash can and … Continue reading Walked First 100 km
The first night sleeping in a tent is always restless, but I quickly sucumb to my circadian rythms and slept soundly -- except for that late night/early morning nature call, which spoils a sound sleep. Regardless, the black bears, eastern cougars, wolves, or axe murders wandering the trails never found me; however, a fairly viscous … Continue reading A Two Oasis Day
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, … Continue reading The Odyssey Begins: May 17, 2017