Give Me A Sign

We continue to plod along eastward on the TransCanada Trail.  I know I’ve whined about this a million times, but hiking along rail trail isn’t particularly interesting.  We are becoming fairly adept at entertaining ourselves through the endless kilometres of *sameness*.

I have however changed my opinion of the TransCanada mobile app considerably.  I know I gave it 2-thumbs down in the post here, but it has proven to be immensely useful in determining where we are, or where to find the trail – not such a bad thing at all!

We are still waiting for true spring-like weather to arrive, and I keep my eyes open looking for signs that perhaps we can soon switch to bicycle.  Alas – the trail is still too soft and soggy.

If you’re wondering where we are right now, we’re about 4 km east of Campbellford (on the far right), about 257 km (trail distance) from mid-Toronto (on the far left side).

The red line shows this section of the TransCanada Trail we have completed.

(Click on any image to enlarge)


We are getting close to our self-imposed 2-hour (one way) driving limit for a day trip and pretty soon our journey will require more extensive planning.

Plodding along on a rail trail through mainly farm country can be pretty mindless.  If you had overheard our bovine conversation this week, you’d understand what I mean.

The ladies were clearly unimpressed with our company, even though I think we were exceptionally charming.

May The Moo Be With You.

I get excited when we encounter a sign, or anything even remotely unusual, that breaks up the monotony of the brown landscape.

Toronto Waterfront Trail – March 2018

The following photo gallery of trail signs is a sample of the small bits of colour we’ve managed to find over the past couple of weeks as we’ve moved through Hastings and into Campbellford.

Happy trails!  Spring is coming … and soon after, the bugs.



    • I fully intended to! I’m still waiting for the snow to melt from last weekend’s storm (seriously! It’s almost the end of April!! Enough already!), and then I’ll go down to the lake scavenging for flat rocks. There are a number of rocky areas that I think will produce some good candidates 🙂

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  1. You’ve two have really traversed a long way on the trail! Pretty soon, it will be bike weather… maybe faster but I bet you notice the little things (like colorful rocks) more on foot. Your comment about bugs reminded me of the post you wrote about the slimy black thingies raining down on you from the trees. Be sure to wear a hat. Yikes!

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    • {shudder} … those wormy things!! I was just talking about those yesterday when someone suggested we go visit all the ravine trails this spring. I’m going to want more than a hat … more like a haz mat suit!!

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  2. Well it may be boring for you, but I am enjoying the experience. And you have done a lot!! As for the painted rocks, it seems there is quite a craze here in Cornwall with people leaving them all over the place, to be moved elsewhere or replaced with another one. I haven’t come across one yet, but I’ll you know if I do!

    Kernow Rocks has more than 2,200 members on its Facebook page, while Who Gives a Rock, one of the pioneers of painted rocks in Cornwall since 2014, has almost 5,000 followers.


  3. Hi, Joanne – Thank you for your update on the TransCanada Mobile App. That is very good to know.
    BTW – You had to mention the bugs, didn’t you?!


    • Spring is coming – we know what that means 😉
      I attract bugs like crazy. I will get eaten alive while others with me remain untouched.
      Last year they were unbearably fierce. We’ll see what this year brings.


  4. Rail trails make better bike trails than walking trails in my opinion. I understand why this is boring for you, given your love of the Bruce. When things start growing, it should be a lot more interesting.


  5. Even the most boring trail will look better when things are green and wildflowers are blooming. Rail trails are, due to their heritage, boring. The railroads weren’t trying to create a meaningful experience for the freight. Over time, I think they will become much more interesting. Maybe, as with the app, you’re too close to the leading edge.

    In any case, enjoy whatever journey you choose. Take pictures, even boring ones, because I love seeing them.


    • hahaha “The railroads weren’t trying to create a meaningful experience for the freight.” 😆

      As others have pointed out, rail trails are much better suited for cycling. I’ll be happy when the weather improves enough for wheels instead of feet!!
      … and you’re so right about spring looking so dreary. When the colour returns, I’m sure the landscape will improve too.

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  6. I know what you mean about the scenery of rail trails. I found a few that were absolutely gorgeous, and then there are those that bring on the yawns because of the straight sameness. It’s a good thing you have Helen with you; otherwise, I think it would be a hard accomplishment to walk the TransCanada trail alone, especially this time of year without any green.

    The painted rock is giving me an idea about leaving something similar on the trails around here. I’ve seen those rocks in the city, but not on the trails. What a great way to make someone smile!

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  7. Hehe, I’d say let the bugs be with you but I know it’s not funny. I’m already smacked a handful of mosquitoes this weekend. It’s coming! Happy trail to you! And I love your monotony-breaking signs.


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