Who can resist hiking when the temperature on November 2nd is a forecasted 19 degrees. We were determined to complete Map 30 and met in the community of Woodford at 9 a.m. with a goal of just over 13km.
The leaves were dry and crunched under our feet and the air smelled like Fall. We hiked without jackets, it was glorious.
We came across an old lime kiln less than 1km west of Highway 26. Settlers made use of natural sinkholes to build the kilns and limestone was used in agriculture (to improve soil); to cure animal hides and for mortar:
There was a deep crevice on this portion of the trail and although I tried to ease my way through, it was simply too narrow. I retraced my steps, climbed back out and followed Carol on the blue side trail around the crevice:
We were to enter a farmer’s field after 1km on the St. Vincent Townline according to our Bruce Trail map, but the white blazes took us over 3km up the road. A posted sign indicated several new trail routes but none of them were marked as part of the main Bruce trail. We were frustrated and when Carol checked the Bruce Trail website on her phone it showed the portion of the trail through the farm field was CLOSED. It was a lesson for us – check online for updated maps before heading out.
It was such a beautiful day and we were both looking forward to a long hike so we headed to the endpoint where our car was parked, enjoyed our lunch and completed a 4.5km loop trail. It took us along the fence line of the Meaford Land Forces Training Centre, land owned by the Department of National Defence.
There were moss covered rocks scattered everywhere and I dubbed them chia pets:
It was a magnificent day for a hike and with the reroute we completed 11.0km