Mt Rob Roy - No 36
1 st run - Mt Rob Roy - distance - 28.7 km in 3 hrs 20 mins 35 secs at 6' 59" per km
Altitude gain: 800 metres
Calories used: 2400
Weather: sunny, temp 26 - 32 degrees, humidity 35% - 20%, NE-NW at 20 kmph
2nd run - Pine Is - distance - 7.1 km in 44' 18" at 6' 14" per km
Weather: sunny, temp 33 degrees, humidity 17%, NW wind at 25 kmph
Week: 107.4 km, Jan & Year: 351.6 km
Run number 36 to the top of Mt Rob Roy from home. That doesn't count last Boxing Day when the weather turned us around at the top of the first climb out of Conder. Absolute shocker of a day, cool, temp 13 degrees, windy and rain, it was mid December and well into summer.
Today by contrast, a different day, went through nearly 3 litres of drinks, very warm to start at 6: 30 am getting tougher as the morning progressed.
We being Mick, Nick & Carol left my place heading to Theodore sub station to meet Elle who was running from a different direction to meet us. She had done around 17 kms by the time we met, but she needed to get back early so missed the best bit, the climb up the mountain.
We had just got going up the steep climb above the sub station when a couple of mountain bikers were spotted behind us pushing their bikes up the hill. I really thought mountain bikes should be ridden up mountains, but these hills are far from easy. They caught us on the fast down hill parts but soon we passed them pushing again. This time we had a chance for a quick chat and it turns one of them lives about 4 houses down my street. Small world.
Nearing the top of Mt Rob Roy, Mick & Carol turn around to return, it wasn't their day out there, very hot out in the open. Nick & I continued on, over the top, down across the open paddocks then up to Big Monks where the hang gliders take off. Blowing a gale up there, hold on to your hat. Great views over the Tuggie valley, and really good view of Mt Tennent, next week's journey. Can't wait for that, should be an excellent day again. Gotta love this mountain stuff on a good day.
Back to the sub station to collect Nick's drink bottle, then on towards Calwell shops where we caught Mick walking, his day hadn't improved. Walked the last couple of kms with him back to my place, that didn't help the overall km rate.
Quick drink at home then car down to Pine Is for the 2nd run. Just a few kms around the area to make a reasonable day out of a sweaty shirt. Not fast at all but really enjoyable day, tough in the conditions, but it was lots of fun. Spent 15 minutes in the river getting cleaned up before heading to the Hyperdome to buy a couple of Cd's ordered from the good ole USA. Not available off the shelf now, they were released in the mid 1970's as LPs. Not CJ's or Jogs music style, country rock, but at least I know the words and my rough voice sings along in just fine.
Ewen, if you can't keep up with Michelle, I will have to make a "hostile" takeover bid, just like Kraft took over Cadbury's.