Distance: 31.25 km
Time: 3 hrs 56 mins 44 secs
Rate: 7' 35" per km
Altitude gain/loss: around 850 metres
Weather: sunny, cold early, temp range -1 - 14 degrees, humidity 95% down to 45%, wind calm to start then southerly 15 kmph
Week: 76.45 km, Sept: 213.05 km
Year: 3334.55 kms in 37 weeks at ave 90.1 km
It was the 46th time I ran been up Mt Rob Roy although not all to the trig at the highest point. It's hidden off the track among the rocks and trees. Unless you can find the trail that heads that way, you won't find it. Only when a newbie comes along, do we need to go bush.
Today, cold early, then a very enjoyable morning on the mountain.
I met Softshoe on the fire trail behind Theodore after leaving from home just after 7:15 am. A change is good as we went over to the steep, now sealed track up towards Big Monks behind Conder/Banks. We missed Big Monks out this time although next time, the track to the trig there will be covered by thistles. The views from the trig over the Tuggie valley & over to the Brindabellas are well worth the effort, even just to walk up there.
Onwards to the open paddock as we did the reverse of our normal circuit. The trail is easy to follow as the climb really starts towards the top. We walked a bit here, saving Softshoe for next week's CP100 km in Sydney, and me getting a rest.
The view before climbing back into the nature park back to the south shows where the new solar power plant will probably be built.
Nice again on top of the mountain although the trees prevent any sightseeing.
The track gets very steep with loose rocks and surface making the down hill a little dangerous. In fact, going down was slower than going up, plenty of slipping but no sliding. We were very lucky.
As we got closer to Theodore, the penny dropped. A couple of years ago, ACTEW started to erect big power lines across the hills with no explanation either locally or on any websites.
This now explains the solar power generation plant to be built at Royalla. So little explanation to the public. The power lines feed into the electricity sub station just behind Theodore.
Back at the sub station, we parted ways as Softshoe headed home after covering 20 kms. I was looking for at least 30 kms for the day and headed towards Calwell shops on the fire trail.
At Calwell oval, I followed the bike path towards Ashley/Isabella Dr, down to the bridge near the top of Isabella pond, and finally home on the bike path near Ellerston Dr.
Not enough carbos last night found me running fatigued for the last few kms, legs were Ok just lacked the energy to go any faster.
However, another great outing on my 2nd favourite mountain, the one we do the traditional Boxing Day run on later this year.
Back up tomorrow as the weather is forecast to be nice again, make the most of these good days.
Following the websites for the progress of the runners at Glasshouse Mountains 100 miler today, good luck, run well & enjoy yourselves, it's a great event, been there a few times & loved it. Warm weather, dry & dusty, beautiful.
My current Garmin 310XT is still away being fixed, battery. I would normally have a downloaded map & stats from Garmin Connect to publish, may be next time.