Thursday, 18 September 2014

North Coast Trail Day 4: Zero Day

Exhaustion caught up with me on Day 4, as I stayed in my tent until probably 10:00 or 10:30.  When I eventually emerged, I saw that the sky was playing the same tricks as usual.  The following pictures were all taken in the span of a few minutes, just to give an idea of the total lack of homogeneity in the sky.  The clouds were definitely trying to give me the most mixed message possible.

I spent the early part of the day sitting around stuffing my face with food.  I decided to eat more than my daily allowance.  I thought I could compensate for my lack of rations available on Day 6 by eating a really big meal in Port Hardy.

I took my tent down and took advantage of the lean-to once again, trying to dry it out for the billionth time.  I put the bottoms of my hiking pants, as well as my socks on the lean-to as well, wanting to get everything as dry as possible.

Around lunch time another group of hikers stopped at Nissen Bight.  I spent some time visiting before returning to my camp site to reassemble my tent.

I eventually ran out of water and had to trek to the water source.  It was not particularly encouraging looking, barely more than a trickle, but it didn't make me sick, so I guess it did its job.

The Nissen Bight water source
The rest of my day was more or less uneventful which was kind of pleasant.  This was my first ever intentional zero day on a trail.  I almost didn't know what to do with myself, but the rest and relaxation was definitely needed.

I was looking forward to getting on the Cape Scott Trail the next day, which was supposed to be extremely easy in comparison to the North Coast Trail.

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