The Weather Claims Victims
Distance: 11.7 km
Time: 68' 09"
Rate: 5' 50" per km
Weather: cloudy, temp 16 degrees, humidity 70%, wind southerly 15 kmph
Week; 62.15 km, March: 146.45 km, Year: 982.75 km
For over a decade the weather didn't play much of a part in our lives in this part of Australia. It didn't rain, we watched every drop of water that was available & umbrellas & gum boots were gathering dust. We had a decade of drought & never factored rain into plans.
In the last few years, & more recently, the weather has changed with much more rain, storms & instability in the weather patterns.
Unfortunately, Six Foot Track has been cancelled for this year for the first time in it's history. I have started & finished the event 12 times in some ordinary conditions at times. But mostly low clouds & fog were the limiting factor. We did have some very warm days, especially when the race went along the road towards Caves House before the run turned back into the bush near the cabins.
Mostly the Coxes River was very low, the rocks just up from the rope crossing were high and dry. Biggest problem getting the sand out of your shoes, otherwise blister time later on.
I would have liked to have done a few more kms today, but again the weather & lack of time prevented more than 11.7 kms.
The water is now under the concrete crossing at Point Hut, but the road is still closed until the water goes down a bit more. Then the mud has to be cleaned away, slippery as an eel on the road.
I ran thru to Pine Is on the river track, it's clear as well, damaged & muddy but runable. I met 3 local rangers on an inspection at Pine Is. They were looking for damage & to get an idea of when the nature park area can reopen. A few more days at least, the river level is dropping, but very fast flowing.
We don't want a repeat of last year when the young school boy drowned at the main beach area in the flood water.