DAY 161 To the Finish….Canada

Sep 20th

Oh my god what a storm last night it started at  4pm I  took extra ibuprofen PM  to knock me out as I didn’t want to see my tent destroyed…. I also switched off my alarm to save battery. The storm raged  for hours until I fell asleep.

Hello Hello are you okay in there came a voice.
It took me a while to register what was happening.
We saw your tent but didn’t see you last night are you okay ?
Yes I am okay,what’s the time?
It’s  just gone 8.30!!
F*CK, F*CK,  I said to my self.
It can not be that late as its still dark outside !
It was dark as my tent had been covered in SNOW…Deep snow.
F*CK  ITS SNOW….LOTS OF SNOW.

When I opened up.my tent…………….
Wow I hadn’t expected this  I quickly got dressed and ventured out  omg  it’s snow..my brain was struggling to comprehend  the situation.
I went to get my bear bag and it was frozen on the pole so took me a while to get it down.
I packed up in a sort of daze.. I wasn’t ready for this my brain was panicking.
The wind was freezing so I didn’t bother with tea I  just knew I needed to get out of here.
and by now my hands were freezing so doing anything with them wasn’t going to happen.
I had all my layers before forcing my hands into my gloves, it was so far too cold without them on.
Okay I am out of here.
The trail was easy to  follow…as I just followed the footsteps.
I pushed on trying to keep warm as the wind was cutting and I was out in the open, after several hours I began to drop down into a forest. I saw other hikers coming south so stood aside then I noticed it was Mud bath and another female hiker but couldnt remeber her name

Hiya snail 
Hey man congratulations. 
He suggested that i push onto the finish. 
Okay I will (depending on terrain)
The I met another finisher  heading back  he warned me of  the overgrown trail ahead. 
I thanked him and pushed on 
As I continued  heading down the sun appeared and the snow vanished so I need to stop  and  remove my puffy but not yet.
I began to hear  some weird  sounds, I wasn’t sure if it was a bear growl until I realised it was an engine.  It was actually a Brush cutter and there were 4 guys cutting back the trail.
Wow great job guys I said and carried  on  but  soon had to stop to take off my puffy.
My pack seemed heavier today but its got a wet tent and wet bear bag in side and maybe its thee way I packed this morning (In a hurry)

The day was now gorgeous. Clear blue skies but the trail was overgrown and so I was having to push through the foliage. Grrr.
Some was easy other parts just sap my strength and there is always a hidden rock to throw you to the ground .
But I was getting nearer and nearer omg  I’m almost finished.

I pushed on the trail suddenly becoming wide and clear… a tell tale sign of civilisation.. and I could see buildings and a huge lake. I had arrived at Waterton lake and  there was a trash can. So I dumped my  trash, I was just checking on what direction I was to head when Gargoyle  appeared 

Hi I haven’t seen you  since Leadore
God when did I last see you?
Think it was in the  helia.. no Leadore
Wow that long ago…
He was waiting for friends to catch up..
I just had  4 miles to go…

I sped off,  typically as you approach the finish line the trail is awful, overgrown  and with roots to trip you up and make you fail. But I was near.. and getting more and more excited…
3 Miles to go, 2 Miles to go , 1Mile  to  go 

Omg  I’m here The monument..

. Its done.

Gargoyles wife and mum were here also two day hikers who were amazed at my journey.
Gargoyles wife Space pants  took photos and  watched me celebrate with a bottle of champagne that I had carried since Helena. 

Omg  it’s  done..

I waited for Gargoyle and  his team to arrive then celebrated with them .
Okay I’m done  now off to Canada.. 

It’s another 4 miles but god I’m so so happy  ..as I climbed my last hill I could see Waterton in the distance my destination.
I began to descend, and then I’m.in the parking lot.
The two guys who had witnessed my finish were here and so offered to drive me to the local hotel.
They offered to wait but I waved them away (mistake)
There was no vacancies..F*ck that  wasn’t  the plan
They suggested a hotel up the street, so I plodded on..
Yes they had room so I booked in for two nights. I’m in the “Romantic” suite  looks really nice …expensive but  I deserve  it.

Once settled in washed  and brushed I headed out for dinner for my celebratory meal.
I had a margarita to start , A great margarita 
I had Crab cakes to start followed by Prawn and lobster linguine 

Shall I have desert hell yeah lol oh and maybe a Drambuie?

Okay  that’s me  done

I am going to chill tomorrow then hitch to Calgary  for a few days before flying home to the 🇬🇧 

Mileage 18 whoop finished.

2 thoughts on “DAY 161 To the Finish….Canada

  1. You are an inspiration!! Congrats and WELL DONE! Sorry it’s taken me til now to work out how to message back but I’ve been following your journey. Hope you get back to UK safely. Best wishes, Lindsay (Staples-ages ago!!!)

    Sent from my iPhone

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