SCOTSBURN, N.S. - Trail enthusiasts and, really, anyone who enjoys a good hike, will want to mark March 2 down on their calendar for a chance to hear from renowned long-distance walker, Nova Scotia’s own Bill Monk.
Monk will be speaking while promoting his book Whistler’s Walk, at the Scotsburn (Pictou County) Fire Hall. His talk will follow the Cape to Cape Trails committee meeting at 9:30 a.m., with Monk’s talk to begin at 10 a.m. Both the meeting and talk, which will include a book signing by the author, are open to the public.
A release from the host committee talks more about Monk and his book.
“In 2017, he walked the Appalachian Trail (2,189 miles) in 142 days. His new book, Whistlers Walk, is all about this amazing walk; his triumphs, tribulations, the folks he met and the personal journey that had as many ups-and-downs as the trail he walked.
“And he is coming to Scotsburn to tell us all about his experience and his plans to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. No boring slides for this guy, he will keep us interested and entertained as he speaks about his adventure. His preparations, what he learned, places visited, hikers befriended, communications used, equipment troubles; all while hiking, sometimes, 28 miles per day for more than 2,000 miles from Georgia all the way to Maine.
“Many walkers and hikers from across the province will be awed and entertained by Bill ‘Whistler’ Monk’s stories of the Appalachian Trail. Come out and hear his story.”
The release noted there are lunch options following Monk’s presentation.
“You can BYO (bring your own) lunch or have a nutritious meal at Deb’s Hidden Café (call ahead for lunch orders 902-382-3444). The Scotsburn Fire Dept. will provide tea, coffee, and water.
“At 1p.m., we will end the day by going on a hike. One of our Cape to Cape members will lead us in pre-hike stretching exercises.”
The release concludes by noting there are “all kinds of hikers.”
“Distance and speed hikers, relaxed pace hikers, those who love nature walks, those who love taking pictures as they go, and long distance or ‘thru’ hikers like Whistler (Monk). Come to the meeting and meet your match. Falling in line with a co-hiker whose pace matches yours is a great way to meet a new hiking friend.”
The cost to attend Monk’s talk and the following hike is $10 or $5 for a student, and those attending are reminded to “bring hiking boots or snowshoes, if needed.”