After being thwarted by... issues... on my previous attempt at this section, I return with renewed determination (and new underwear). This time, because I did not have the luxury of a vehicle to pick me up at the other end and only two days, I have to do an overnight out-and back. Starting where I left off last time, I attempt to do the Sentier de rivière Swaggin (7.3 km) and whatever amount of Senteir de la Boule (20.2 km) I can handle before turning around and heading back.
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My feet suffered the most on this trip. Pretty much everything else was good, though I the Salomon running shorts definitely have to go. They have a nasty seam right on the inner thighs that is not flat stitched and was chafing places where my boxer briefs did not protect.
Foot-wise though, these shoes caused me some grief. Part of it is because they were wearing out and now have holes in the heels which were caused a blister. The other part is that they rub my feet funny where the sock-liner meets the inside of the shoe, creating these friction sores - not really a blister, but red patches that hurt alot. They have done this since I first got them... so time to move on to something different. So long Altra Superior, I really love your toebox. I am going to have to tread carefully when making my next shoe purchase.
I totally have to figure out how they got to that camp site on the other side of the lake... it looks fabulous. My first inspection tells me they actually jumped across the rocks in a shallow rapids section a little further along. Something to investigate for the future because that spot looks pretty sweet.
And on to day two... there are much fewer photos now due to the fact that the bugs were worse than yesterday and eventually rain. Put it all together: walking up hill, in warm muggy weather, while it rains, with bugs harassing you = no desire to take photos.
I am smiling here because I found a little high-ground oasis that was relatively bug free for a break. It hasn't started to rain yet, though the clouds are thinking about it.