Hills & Trigs
Distance; 56.4 km
Time: 7 hrs 19 mins 41 secs
Rate: 7' 47" per km
Altitude gain/loss: 1180 metres
Weather: sunny, temp range 12-24 degrees, humidity 99% down to 50%, wind calm
Week: 95.05 km, Feb: 79.00 kms
Year: 535.05 kms in 5 weeks at ave 107.0 km p.w.
A bit of a change today to find as many trigs on top of mountains, hills & ridges as we could around Woden. Last week we touched the trigs on Mt Rob Roy & Mt Tuggeranong, so our local valley had been done.
Running with Softshoe, we headed towards Gowrie & Fadden to find the first trig on Wanniassa Hills. Easy enough, still fresh & the weather was still cool enough but with very high humidity.
From there we headed to Isaacs Ridge where the trig is just over the fence, so we saw but couldn't quite touch the trig. Good enough for today.
Then down and turning towards O'Malley we tried in vain to find a way to cross Hindmarsh Dr without going thru the tunnel at Garren where the Triple Tri mtn bike riders squeeze thru. We crossed Hindmarsh Dr after some bush bashing, slowed the km rate up considerably. On to Red Hill, we easily found the trails to the top where the Restaurant now sits on top of the hill. I guess the trig is underneath the building. We asked a mtn bike rider which way to get to Curtin as our next objective was Oakey Hill. Some new trails for me had us out near Deakin High School, so good to run a few kms on new territory.
We had a main stopover at Curtin shops. Then down to the drain where we followed the trail behind Curtin that will be used for the next monthly handicap. A huge tree has fallen 200 metres from the start line, but won't be a problem for the long legged runners or steeple chasers. Others may have to do some climbing & scrambling.
The sun was now beating down, the humidity had dropped as we climbed Oakey Hill. Next over to Mt Taylor. As always, it's a tough climb from the Chifley side, although runnable when fresh. We definitely were not fresh.
Scoffed down a few drops of water from the dog bowl on top of Mt Taylor. Nice views, but very warm up there today. We were almost out of drinks so we headed to Erindale to replenish.
From there, it's straight down Ashley Dr back to home.
Softshoe left me there, he had had enough, a few more kms & difficulty today than he should.
I reloaded with snack & a drink at home and headed down to Pine Is. It's only an easy 6 kms when fresh. I wasn't quite fresh, but feeling Ok.
A few people about enjoying the afternoon sunshine with only a few in the river. I had 25 minutes before Mrs TF picked me up. Oh, so good after time in the water & not having to run back home.
Tired now, but legs are Ok.
A great day out, a few new places visited. All's going well.