Monday, 9 July 2018

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

St. Catharines, Ontario

More on the Bruce

We took the time to get to the next leg of the Bruce Trail and to head north a bit farther, on foot.  The starting point was the ending point of one month ago—the Woodend Conservation Area. We were Vaishnava, Gaurachandra, Karuna, Dennis and myself for the initial steps.  Karuna and Dennis stayed on with me, later.

The trail is magical and offers a variegated array of features—the Welland Canal, a golf course, shady nooks of dream houses, a winding, posh neighbourhood, and a short stretch of retail strip; but our favourite was the woodsy, tall, deciduous forest.  Second to that was a lower bush where we found blackberries galore.  Cherry trees bearing the dark juicy fruits also came as a surprise.

At one point, Karuna brought me a small pear-shaped, and green-in-colour fruit. “Walnuts, not yet ripe,” I said, knowing a few things about the bush.  Of course, no one needs to identify the mosquitoes who accompanied us in the beginning until the sun burst forth to another day of inferno.  Trees saved us, really.

Our journey was a reasonable three hours of moving along which took us to Brock University in St. Catharines.  It’s a milestone—something achieved after 12 kilometres.

Karuna, Dennis and I had our grand reward, a meal with Vaishnava and Janaki.  Kofta, red and rich, and wraps and potato curry made tummy and senses blissful.  My legs held up quite well despite the up and down terrain in spots, which reminds me that stiffness in the knees does tell of age. At Vaishnava’s, we spoke of a serious home project for the future.

May the Source be with you!
12 km

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