WCT Day 5
I woke up refreshed due to my 12 hour sleep. I had to get moving though. I did my normal routine of packing up camp, stretching and breakfast (Vega One shake – just add water and it has half your daily vitamin/omega oil/vegetable serving needs)... and now I’m back in business.
Walbran Creek was a very important milestone I had read. This was kilometer 53 out of 75, so you would think that I was well past the halfway point. Not exactly. Walbran Creek is usually considered the halfway point since the south end contains more difficult kilometers. At some parts, expect 1 km/hour. Basically, people estimate the number of hours it takes to reach this point is the same number of hours it takes to finish the trail. I didn’t write down the number of hours I hiked each day so I cannot confirm this… but it's a good guideline.
I only had to travel 5 km this day but I planned on it taking 5 hours. The terrain was really tough but it was fun. I like hiking through mud and climbing over logs. It was an obstacle course. This is the part where treadmill-fit people struggle. I prefer short, intense obstacle courses over a long day of beach walking. For the unprepared, this would be a muddy hell.
I found I traveled quickly through this because I was solo. I didn't have to wait for a group. I think it took me about 3 hours to clear this stretch and make it to Cullite Cove (pronounced KOO-LIGHT COVE) at kilometer 58. I camped near this interesting couple from the Netherlands. The dude was from the army (Infantry I think) and she had recently quit the army, having just come back from a tour in Afghanistan as a Medic. I took a dip in the ocean which was very cold but my first time in the Pacific. I also had a swim in the creek.