Distance: 30.6 km
Time: 3 hrs 24 mins 36 secs
Rate: 6' 41" per km
Weather: cloudy, temp 8-15 degrees, humidity 60%, wind calm
Week: 30.6 km
June: 141.45 km
Year: 2233.3 km
It was a great morning to be doing something constructive on a public holiday. The Queen of England has a birthday in April and we get a day off in June. Pity the Queen didn't send out better navigators to Canberra, because, while we didn't get lost, we traversed some unfamiliar territory.
Four of us started at Molonglo Reach just after 8:00am, a bit of sun peeking through the clouds, mild temperature to start and a nice morning considering it is almost the middle of June. The plan was to get to 3 hrs 15 mins of running to keep to Strewth's training program.
We set out the usual way past the golf course to Campbell Park office, on towards the saddle between Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura, then over to the reservoir behind Hackett. The easy part over, Captain Cook's best navigator, Ewen, took control and said " I know a short cut, we just go left here". A nice single file track, not the one we wanted, we discussed the eviction of Renee on BB last night and eventually came out at the saddle again. So while we are here, we may as well do the roller coaster so on we go, walking few steep hills, around to the right to pass the reservoir and on to the Mt Ainslie road. Ewen left us at the gun club to return home for coffee and muffins. He missed the excitement of the next part.
Three remaining explorers ( previously runners) continued on until I found a road that I thought lead to the mid section of the Mt Ainslie walking track. Wrong again by a couple of hundred metres. We followed this road that petered out into the bush, but a single file rough goat track soon started heading up, so up we go. Soon we find a sign that said "No abseiling on the Quarry". Good, no intention of doing that, so Strewth said, we should go right, " this track looks good". Wrong, just up and up and steeper and steeper until it was easier to keep going than turn back.
We made it to the top, the top of Mt Ainslie to be greeted, hero style, by a group of mountain bikers who had been on the track before. That made us feel good. On we went, the km rate on the GPS blown out the door at the slow walking pace up the mountain. Over the other side to the roller coaster track near the saddle, down to the Ainslie houses, past the War Memorial and, following the Bush Capital marathon course, made it to the horse stile at Campbell Park. Easy back to the cars, we had done enough, not in distance, but plenty in time and new tracks covered. Some of those places I may never visit again.
Great day, weather perfect for June, company great, a few stories told, and a good run.