Melanie, ‘Mel’ is coming up to her 3rd Year on The Great Trail in Canada.
Mel 44, started her journey on June 2, 2017. She began in Cape Spear on the Avalon Peninsula near St. John’s, Newfoundland, the most Eastern point of the country, and will finish at Mile Zero in Victoria, on Vancouver Island in British Columbia—after going via the Arctic Ocean. Initially she started walking with a backpack, but she has now changed over to a cart which she pulls behind her. Mel has also gained a new furry companion on the trail, Malo her dog.
Mel spent 11 months preparing for the trail; researching, saving money, getting her gear figured out and sorting out logistics.
During this podcast Mel shares more about her early years, her passion for travel and why doing this journey was so important. She shares more about the challenges and frustrations as well as the joy and kindness of strangers. Mel will be the first women to complete the trail when she finishes.
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Living and growing up in Germany
Deciding to move to Vancouver in Canada
Taking 2.5 years to go low budget travelling around South East Asia
Not wanting to come home
How her live had changed after travelling
Embracing a minimalist lifestyle
Feeling stuck and depressed
When she started to think about the Great Trail
Deciding to move to Toronto
Feeling fragile and lonely
Making the decision in July 2016
Planning and preparing for the trip
Doing it all alone
Failing to get sponsorship at the start
How everything just fell into place
Being told she was crazy
Feeling insecure about the trip
Gaining new knowledge to take on this challenge
Having to constantly defend her decision to walk The Great Trail
Dealing with her own fears and doubts
Gaining new skills and gaining confidence
Human interactions on the trail
Funding the challenge
The physicality of the challenge
Carrying a pack or pulling a cart
Dealing with the extreme cold temperatures
Going for more comfort
Having a dog and the new challenges that came along
Needing a hug on the trail
Planning on going to the Arctic Ocean
Having many end dates on this journey
Blogging while on the trail
Advice for other women on how to take on their own personal challenge
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