Finally the days are cool enough to consider a nice long walk and where better to go than the trails. Yesterday, with new resolve, a friend, my walking poles and a big container of water I headed out for a three hour walk on the Lynn Valley Trail between Simcoe and Port Dover.
I consider myself to be among the fortunate to have miles and miles of old rail trails to walk along wonderful wooded areas beside rivers and streams of Norfolk County. We have an abundance of forested land in this area and the trails are well used and well kept. This makes it easy to feel the safety of the path underfoot and the safety of numbers because it is so well used. Still it is quiet and except for the occasional hello from a fellow traveler or the ring of bicycle bell, all i heard were the sounds nature.
My friend had walked the trail the day before and saw a mother deer and two fawns. As we walked on Wednesday we saw nuthatches, cardinals and a rabbit. Some ladies walking from the other direction saw the deer in about the same spot my friend had seen them the day before. Quick visits from the woodland creatures make me feel a little like I’m in a Disney movie.
I used to be an avid walker, travelling about four miles each day but six years ago I got the dread plantar fasciitis and it sidelined me badly. The initial injury took its toll but it was followed quickly by hip issues, knee problems and a constantly aching back. The worst is over and while the back still hurts I am determined to get back to walking. Having someone with me, at least until I get more confident about it again, is a needed bonus. When I have tried a few times over the past two years to get back at it there were times when I was afraid I wouldn’t make it back home. That only makes starting again more difficult.
The walking poles are something I bought last winter at a health show and I find they also help with the confidence level. A bonus with them is they also help build arm strength. My poles are Nordixx , sold by distributors in my area but there are many other varieties available.
The only thing I need now is some way to carry the water bottle because I can’t juggle it and the poles. That, good shoes, my cell phone for emergencies, a puffer for when I’m out of breath, sun glasses and I’m good to go. Back to the walking. One step at a time and small ones at first.
Find out more about other Ontario Trails or if you live in a different area a quick google search for walking trails should help you out. If you are in a spot where you have to walk the highways or private farm land please be obey the rules of the road and be sure to ask farmers before you walk. There are sometimes hunters in our area and it can be dangerous.