Day 9 – A test of our commitment

GDT kms: 20.9

Today, as Kyle put it, was a test of our commitment to actually finish the trail; we had to leave a place with cozy beds with all our meals provided and daily showers for roadwalking with very very heavy packs.

After one final shower, we enjoyed a tasty egg casserole/quiche breakfast with Dave and another GDT hiker. We double checked we had all our gear and then we were on the road by 10am.

The initial trail out of Coleman is directly on the highway, but thankfully it turned into a side street which turned into dirt road relatively soon. The rest of the day was spent following uneventful ATV trails (with lots of ATVs on them!) We got a few good views of Crowsnest Mountain, but most of the day it was covered in clouds – which was actually pretty nice considering we were on exposed roads with heavy bags.

At the end of the day we were forced to get our feet wet with water covering large portions of the trail and a few water crossings. After dinner we somehow managed to Tetris all of our food into our bear bags – definitely an accomplishment to be proud of.

Tomorrow will be another day of ATV trails and forest roads – looking forward to hitting actual trails again soon.

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