Serendipity After Walking 700 km in 4 Weeks

by bart on July 15, 2013

20130715-132703.jpgIn the last few days I walked from Creston to Kristina Creek B&B, located about 8 km before Yahk BC, and from there to the small community of Moyie, by a beautiful lake, and finally to Cranbrook.

An elderly couple who owned the B&B and RV park near Yahk let me tent there for the night. The next morning, as I was packing my stuff, Al, in his early 70s, came to talk with me.

He used to be involved with youth programs in Creston before retiring. He told me that there is research showing that for every dollar spent on kids and youth programs, $10 is saved in future justice system costs.

If I were to quantify the reason why I’m walking for disadvsntaged Canadian kids, this would be it. By walking to raise $50,000 for the Children’s Aid Foundation I’m saving future tax payers half a million dollars.

From their B&B I walked past the village of Yahk all the way to Moyie BC on hwy 3/95. It was’t a pleasant walk because of all the traffic consisting of trucks, motorcycles, and huge pickups and RVs – all really loud.

I arrived in Moyie and to my pleasant surprise the woman that owned the gas station let me camp on her property (and she sold cold beer!).

And then I was reminded of serendipity.

Another woman I met in Moyie that evening had experience with the charity I decided to raise money for.

The stories she told me about her life made me stronger in my determination to complete my 1100 km walk, even though I feel that my post-surgery knee is starting to tell me otherwise.

She also showed me a level of kindness that I haven’t experienced in the 700 km I’ve walked so far.

The next morning, as I was packing my stuff, she brought me a breakfast of eggs, sun dried tomatos, and avocado. It was the most unexpected act of kindness, and the best breakfast I had in a month.

She also gave me a large pair of thick socks, and some mini cinnamon buns. It was a cold night and I didn’t have any extra warm clothes, and I had just run out of bread after walking for three days in the middle of nowhere. Like I said, serendipity.

Later that day she bought me a wonderful Mexican meal when I arrived in Cranbrook. Took me most of the day to walk there, but it’s only a 25 min drive.

She also told me where the grocery stores are in town, as well as the municipal campground. Especially useful because after 700 km of walking my backpack cart got a flat tire, which I fixed yesterday.

To top it off she contacted the local newspaper and radio station in Cranbrook, and both interviewed me this morning about my 1100 km walk.

Did I mention that the good owners of the Mount Baker RV park in Cranbrook let me stay for free for two nights? Well, I just did.

There are some really nice people in this area.

Top photo is of Elizabeth Lake and the Rocky Mountains as I entered Cranbrook from the west.

Bottom photo is of a church in Cranbrook at sunset.20130715-133047.jpg

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Nadia July 17, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Just finished chemo round 7 of 8 and thinking of you! What I’m going through is a piece of cake compared to you. At least I can nap when exhausted. Looking forward to your next post as it tells me you are alive and well. Big hug!

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bart July 18, 2013 at 12:49 am

Thank you! And so good to hear from you!

I am alive and well, although a bit more ‘sinewy’ after walking 800km in one month. Just arrived in Fernie BC. Sitting at MacD’s and using wifi to catch up and (re)connect.

New post coming later this evening.

Keep on staying strong!

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dale July 17, 2013 at 6:32 pm

well bart you can say you made it to yake and survived well over half now so it is all down hill as far as kilometers to go Keep going you are doing great l know how you feel but DO AS I SAY PACE YOUR SELF that will help with the pain in your knee also a day or two break will help just listen to your knee it will help also radium will help take a lot of the soreness out of your knee so take advantage of the mineral pool then you can also hit bnaff hot springs also will help for your walk to Calgary take care and l will check in on your progress in the next few days Dale

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bart July 17, 2013 at 11:21 pm

Thanks Dale. I took a day off in Cranbrook and the knee feels much better. Decided to change my route and have arrived in Fernie today. More on that in the next blog post, coming shortly.

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Laurie Kingdon July 16, 2013 at 12:11 am

Bart:
Your fortitude is inspiring! Glad you’re getting good weather, albeit cold in the evenings. Take lots of pics as it will make a great imovie when you return (I’d love to help with that!). Beautiful church photo near sunset – otherwise known as “golden hour” – an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset. The elongated shadows add contrast and drama.
My God, you’re doing it! Treat yourself to a dip at Radium Hot Springs!

Take care of yourself,

Laurie

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bart July 17, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Thank for the positive words Laurie! I decided to change my route and am now in Fernie. More on that in a new post coming shortly.

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Carmen & Francis Priester July 15, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Wow, Bart you are amazing! what an undertaking and so altruistic. We have enjoyed reading your blogs (since Sean showed me how) and we are so impressed with your dedication to your cause! You are an inspiring young man and it is such an honor to be able to say we know you, have spent time with you and consider you a friend. I was telling Mom about your journey and she enjoyed some of your blogs when I was there to visit last week. Mom has had a rather significant stroke and is now in rehab. When she starts to feel she has “had enough”, we read your blogs and she is inspired once again! Thank you for that!
You are quite a guy… we wish you safe travels as you complete your journey and take care of your knee!
Much love, Carmen and Francis

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bart July 17, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Carmen & Francis, thank you for your wonderful words & thoughts. It’s so good to ‘hear’ from you.

I hope your Mom feels better and am so happy to hear that she (and you) enjoys the blog.

I look forward to seeing you again soon, whether in Canada or the US.

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