Almost Gave Up Yesterday

by bart on June 26, 2013


After a wonderful afternoon of continuing my 1100 km walk through Keremeos and Cawston BC I set up my tent about 35 km from Osoyoos. It was getting dark and as through most of my journey so far, rain clouds were gathering on both sides of the Similkameen Valley.

A few minutes after I got into my tent the wind started blowing so hard that I had to lay spread eagle on the floor to make sure it didn’t collapse on top of me. I couldn’t secure it to the ground with tent pegs because there was solid rock under the inch of sand I was on.

This lasted only ten minutes or so, but was followed by rain, which lasted through the night. I woke near dawn because water was dripping from the top of the tent on my nose. I checked the time and it was 4am. I looked outside and all I could see was clouds, fog, and rain. I looked around the tent and there were several places where water was dripping through, onto my sleeping bag too.

The thought of yet another morning of getting soaked while packing my wet gear, then slogging in wet shoes and more blisters really broke my motivation to carry on. I had enough.

I mulled over my options. After all, I could leave all my gear with a rancher and hitch back to Vancouver. It was only about 350 km so I could do it in a day, and come back a week later when this weather changes.

Then I thought of the individuals I aim to raise money for. They can’t take a break from their lives and come back when times are better. And so I decided that I couldn’t either. I chose to do this the way I am doing it because it is difficult and challenging, and to prove to myself that when I set a goal, I will figure out a way to achieve it. If I can do it, others can too.

So instead I covered my sleeping bag with my rain poncho, hid myself completely in my sleeping bag, and decided to snooze in my tent, regardless of how late it got, until the rain subsided enough so that I could pack while staying dry. I didn’t care if it was an hour, or a whole day. Crazy and weird dreams kept my miserable company.

I emerged from my tent at 9.30am when I didn’t hear any rain falling. Not the happiest or most motivated, but mostly dry. Made coffee, quickly packed my stuff, and headed towards Osoyoos.

During the 35km walk I got rained on several times, but that made me even more determined to reach town fast, where I could find an awning to hide under, which I did.

As a result I’m a day ahead of schedule. Sometimes it’s amazing what a sense of purpose can do for you.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Ricky Shetty June 29, 2013 at 5:27 am

Awesome blog series about your amazing adventure – looking forward to following your journey! GO BART GO! 🙂


bart July 1, 2013 at 12:53 am

Thank you Ricky!


dale June 27, 2013 at 3:33 am

Keep up the good fight and be careful not to over do it just take it slow easy . Your mental and physical health is just as important as winning the goal you already proved you can do it so do hurt your self or your knees to finish. If you need to call it in l’ll personaly come and see you get home safe and sound and in good health.
Otherwise if you feel good and feel you can go on then go for it


bart June 29, 2013 at 2:12 am

Thanks Dale, I really do appreciate your concern. It’s getting better & better, especially mentally. I’m focused on my goal and with each step & each day I discover what works best to get me there.


Mazen June 26, 2013 at 2:42 am

Bart, never stop. You can do this, and this journey will take every bit of your knowledge, mind control and determination, and you knew that.

You inspire me with your journey, and I’m following your blog on a daily basis in awe.

Keep going keep going.



bart June 26, 2013 at 3:18 am

Thank you Mazen. Your good words mean a lot to me. Although my motivation suffers sometimes, my sense of purpose remains strong.


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