The #dirtbagduo's #mightymule adventure, day two.
We knew going in that this day would be a slogg. Slated for 26km of travel, including 6,460km of portages to mule.
We broke camp at 8:30am and headed Southwest to the first portage, a monster 3,565km. We single-carry 99% of our portages, but this was our longest yet and a helluva way to #getsome.
The portage led us into Little Madawaska River which was more of a creek. A 1km portage at its end brought us to Philip Lake.
Philip Lake was deceptively calm, disguising the trouble that was to come. At its Western point, we were to paddle into a creek to find our next portage. Having mistook a bearing, I had has slogg into the wrong Creek, waste-deep in muck, lining and dragging the canoe over earth no man was meant to venture into.
Having turned back, losing a couple hours in total, we revisited the map and realized the error (#rookienavigator). We dug deep to hustle on despite terrible moods and marched through three more portages (one of which I was fortunate to roll an ankle on, #insulttoinjury) before arriving at our site on Hogan Lake for the night. We ran the canoe ashore at 6:30pm and got right to work setting up the site. Took a dip in the lake to wash off the day's failure before settling in for another fire and Knifepoint Horror podcast story.
Total distance travelled: 26km
Total portage distance muled: 6,460km
Algonquin Park, Ontario