Spending the day practicing my walk to Hamilton (Trinity Bellwoods to Hess Village)
Hamilton is my hometown, it’s where Travis, Zemar and I first landed when we moved to Canada from Turks and Caicos. Though the city has a bad reputation, I am happy to have been raised there with the friends and support we had there.
It’s an easy 13 hour walk according to google so feel free to join or meet me in Hamilton. You won’t have to carry my 80lbs backpack.
The first 5 or 6 hours you feel fine, pass that 9 hour time bracket and you start discovering all your weakest points. Slight doubt sevelops in your Head and with that panic takes place. You repeat in your head over and over “don’t get injured, don’t get injured” not because it hurts because it would be damn near impossible to finish 6 more hours of power walking with 80lbs strapped to your back.
My experience was every emotion I’ve ever experienced. Never have I walked for so long, let alone carry that much weight but I convinced myself I could do it. There sad times, but those were brief moment of self pity for which I quickly got myself out of. Moments of bliss and happiness happened when I felt cool breezes, shade and the help and kindness of strangers. My most emotional was probably the end, as soon as I got to Hamilton I completely collapsed. I felt joy, sadness, relief and excitement all at once. It was definitely a new sensation.
Without the help of my friends and the help of strangers it would have been a much harder trek. When I thought I was lost I ran into an organic farm looking for direction. I’m glad I did because I met these lovely ladies at the Cristian Farms in Oakville;
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