This past January 5, I began walking the 299.4 km Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Ironically, I didn’t give this challenge much thought before starting. I just kind of jumped right in. (I know, who is this and what have I done with Donna-the-planner?!)
Below are a few postcards that I somehow managed to send along the way.
Sample landscape scenes looked like this:
At least that’s what they looked like on my Samsung phone. Since I never boarded a plane, or a ferry, or left Vancouver Island to take part in this challenge, my actual surrounding landscapes looked more like this:
As both sets of landscapes have their own unique beauty, either way this adventure was a win-win.
I have now completed the 299.4 km in 27 days (31 separate hikes). Being a long-time fan of gold stars (insert me blushing here), I definitely walked further each day due to the encouragement of this challenge. I had hoped to complete 10 km per day. Being swept up by the novelty of this virtual walk, I managed to obtain an 11 km daily average for four weeks (just a tad over 9.5 km per hike).
Would I participate in a similar virtual activity again? Absolutely! Having the flexibility to walk wherever, whenever and at whatever pace works best are big draws. At the same time, this virtual venture inspires and motivates. You can constantly view where you are on the trail and chat with other participants along the way. In addition, many of these projects support a particular charity. For this virtual walk, the Conqueror team arranged for a tree to be planted for every 20% of my completed goal.
Is it time to switch up your landscape? If so, you can check out some virtual walking challenges here. It may help give you that extra nudge on days when you have otherwise lost your motivation. It certainly did that for me!
Insider’s Tip: Having a walking buddy who has also signed up for a similar activity is a definite bonus.
The Conqueror – Various prices, my total cost was $29.95 USD.
Camino for Good – $60 USD flat rate, $12 USD monthly or by donation. A portion of all funds raised are used to support hostels along the Camino Trail.
Myles Free app, but many fewer bells and whistles.
For all of my friends currently hiking with the Conqueror (or for those of you who would simply like more detail), here are the final screenshots for my walk completion.
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Feature Photo Credit: Cabot Trail