Hikers from as far away as Windsor responded with enthusiasm to this year’s Wildwood Challenge despite the weather conditions.
On October 27, organizers and hikers gathered in the cold and rain for an 8:20am launch at the entrance gate to Wildwood Conservation Area. This year marked the 3rd staging of this 22 kilometre hike in and around Wildwood.
51 hikers enrolled in this fundraiser organized by Avon Trail member Bruce Graham. This reporter can attest to the hiking challenge involved in this event. Bruce had a well-organized team of volunteers helping to make the hike safe and successful for everyone.
The trail was well blazed, and hikers walked at whatever speed was comfortable. Everyone was grateful for the way station at the 8 kilometre mark. Homemade cookies, muffins and hot drinks were served and inspired this reporter to recharge his battery and keep on hiking.
The next way station appeared at the 17 kilometre mark. Again, thankfully, volunteers served more hot drinks and treats to weary hikers.
Bruce and his wife Anna hosted an evening social at their Stratford house to mark the event’s success. And although this reporter conceded he had reached his limit at the 17th kilometer mark, he is happy that most hikers completed the challenge. There is always next year for me.