Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Bruce, you will be mine (maybe)

First, an update on the illness front. I'm feeling much, much better. I do still have a nagging cough, and don't feel up to anything strenuous, but I'm hoping that too will be gone in a few days. Whew! It's great to feel like a human again.

Now on to the meat of the post. I enjoy listening to audiobooks in the car, while I commute. The book I'm listening to at the moment is A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson. It's an excellent book, about an out-of-shape middle-aged man (the author) who decides to hike the entire Appalachian trail (which is over 2000 miles or kilometers long - probably miles, since he's American). Then, the other day at breakfast, I read a blurb in Explore magazine about a guy who ran the Bruce trail end-to-end in 15 days (700 km). Crazy, right? Well, those two things have somehow combined themselves to inspire me to walk the Bruce trail end-to-end.

Now, I'm not crazy enough to think I'll do it in one shot. Kenneth and I are not exactly pinnacles of fitness, and we have little to no camping experience. I'm thinking we'll do a week a year, for 7 years, and that should do it. That would mean walking for less than 20 km a day, which I think should be doable.

Kenneth is game, but prefers we stay at motels rather than lugging a tent and sleeping bags through the woods. I tend to agree, but I don't know if it's feasible to expect to find a motel at the end of each day. I suspect we will likely have to camp. The next step in the master plan is to buy a trail guide, and start doing some plotting.

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