Mt Rob Roy & Tuggeranong Hill
Distance: 38.05 km
Time: 4 hrs 16 mins 46 secs ( moving time)
Rate: 6' 44 " per k
Altitude gain/loss: 850 metres
Calories used: 3300
Weather: sunny, at start temp 9 degrees up to 21 degrees, humidity 97% down to 55%, wind calm
Week: 115.25 km, April: 176.35 km, Year: 1321.7 km
Ran over the top of Mt Rob Roy for the 37th time today with Mick, Nick, Softshoe & Elle on a perfect autumn morning.
We left home heading towards the sub station where we met Elle as she had started from Gordon. Dropped a drink bottle at the bottom of the track of Rob Roy, we had intended to return the same way, but changed our minds later on. Reached the top after some walking, it's a fair climb on a loose rocky surface at times, but we made it. Then continued down the south side, climbed a couple of gates to be stopped by a bogged 4WD at the start of the open paddock. The number plates had been removed and the ground had dried, but it arouses suspicion when I see abandoned vehicles. The inside was clear, no pipes or hoses coming out of the exhaust, so it must have left there on purpose.
Over to Big Monks for fabulous views of the Tuggeranong valley and the Brindabella Mountains in the background. There is still no way I would jump off the hill with a hang glider strapped to my back, it looks scary, and high.
Down to Conder/Banks houses and back to the sub station. Nick had turned back earlier and Elle went the short way back to her home, still covering well over 30 kms of very hilly trails.
We hadn't done enough at this stage, so we did the circuit of Tuggie Hill going over the ridge, this added about 6.5 kms.
Softshoe left us, he lives close by, so only Mick & myself remaining, we headed home. Reached Calwell oval, did a couple of laps of the grass running track, then slowly made my way up Johnson Dr towards home. Calwell oval at the top of the course shown on the map.
A big effort to do Mt Rob Roy, certainly not for the soft option runners, but the opportunity run there is well worth it on a good day.