If you read my blog or subscribe to my email list, you might know that I have been planning to thru-hike the East Coast Trail (a combined 260+ km of trail with varying levels of development and maintenance along the eastern coast of Newfoundland’s Avalon peninsula) for a few months now. It was my big project for the two months I would be home for the summer.
If you read the title of this post, you already know that it didn’t work out as planned. As much as I don’t want to be the person to make excuses, the truth is that I wasn’t being realistic with myself. I don’t have much experience with multi-day hikes, and this was a pretty big undertaking for me.
Rather than just avoid talking about it, I figured I would share the main reasons why the hike just didn’t work out (for now, at least). Maybe if you’ve got similar ambitions, this will help you be a little more prepared.