Touched the Trig.... Kicked a Rock... down
Distance: 25.3 km
Time: 2 hrs 46 mins 44 secs
Rate: 6' 35" per km
Weather: sunny, warm, temp 18-27 degrees, humidity 45%, very light NW breeze
Week: 142.8 km
December: 480.85 km
Year: 4499.1 km
Saturday morning Molonglo Reach group run over to Campbell Park, thru the horse stile and following the fence line to the base of Trent's hill. The group continued on towards Ainslie and the 16 km loop usually done. I went up the hill to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Trent on my way to the reservoir above Hackett. Took the shortest way direct to the top of Mt Majura, where the title to this story comes into play. Followed the road around the back to the tower,and up the slight rise to the trig.
Intending not to stop, just touch the trig and continue, I reached out, touched the trig, kicked this big rock next to the post and down I went.
Now, mostly it's best not to fall, if you do fall, make sure no one sees you do something stupid. If that is not possible, make sure the people that see you are amateur radio operators with connections to the rest of Australia. They had been up there making contact with friends in Sydney, down the south coast and out west.
They asked if I was OK, skin off left elbow, and both knees, but the Careflight helicopter was not required. Just annoyed, some water to wash the dirt out of the wounds, a bit of a rest and a chat, and then back down the mountain.
Continued down the zig zag track, back to the reservoir, over the ridge and on to the saddle between Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie. Even prior to the fall, the run had been a struggle, maybe the weather, getting very warm by now, not a lot of shade, or the end of a big week of running. Decided to go the roller coaster back, but took a left turn on to the Ainslie track and over to the Campbell Park offices to inspect the rain damage to the track at the start of out next vet's handicap.
Very washed out and will need to be reassessed before the end of the month. The airport region has had plenty of rain this month, the dams around Mt Ainslie are full and there has been plenty of debris wash down off the mountain. Back to the start, the others had gone, and with LBG closed because of blue, green algae, I went to Pine Is to wash off the sweat, dirt and blood.
Nice day out, pity the run was average, but the sun was out for the second day in a row. Summer must have arrived.