Day 19: Appleton to Notre Dame Jct.

Distance: 23km (14.3 miles)

Some sections of the track can be a bit monotonous, so we always follow some rules in order to not be demoralized. The first rule is that we try to start no later than 9.30 am. In the morning we have more energy than later in the day, no matter what time we started.

The second, and most important rule, is that we never ever sit down before we’ve covered half of the distance of that day. We may stop to drink some of water, but we never take off our backpacks and we never sit down. That way, after we have had our coffee/lunch break we can start to count down to our destination.

By the way, what may look like to become a monotonous day in the morning almost never turns out to be one. Sometimes it’s the people we meet, sometimes animals we see or bird songs we hear, and sometimes it’s just a stone frog, a beaver house, and a blooming pitcher plant, like today.

Crossing the Gander River from Appleton to Glenwood.
Crossing the Gander River from Appleton to Glenwood.
An unexpected landmark - the Indian Arm Frog.
An unexpected landmark – the Indian Arm Frog.
Beaver house in Indian Arm Pond.
Beaver house in Indian Arm Pond.
Newfoundland’s official flower: the carnivorous Pitcher Plant.
Newfoundland’s official flower: the carnivorous Pitcher Plant.
Camping in Notre Dame Provincial Park.
We loved the campsite in Notre Dame Provincial Park.

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