Monday 13 June: Geocaching off-track in the deep south (suburbs) of the ACT – S/M,X . A little limp on a lovely day.
I drove to and parked at the top of Eaglemont Retreat in Conder.
Distance: 2.9km | Climb: 250m | Time: 11.00am-1.00pm (2hrs) | Grading: S/M,X; E(6)
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Laid low with a bad knee from a fall last Wednesday, I just had to get out on this gorgeous winter’s day. I thought a little geocaching would amuse me and exercise my knee back to good. Some caches up the top of Conder and Banks beckoned.
A quick find of GC1YFJE I’ve got the power and its final GZ (my published track has been doctored to not show the final GZ).
Then SE across a deep little drainage line which I realised is nearly the top of the little creek that runs past our back door. Normally a dry concrete channel down our way, it roars with white water 5 minutes after it starts raining. You can appreciate why up in its catchment. Contoured the flank of SH844 to GC5F74E Birds of ACT: Willy Wagtail. Read the previous DNF posts. Nearly as disgusted with myself for not reading them previously as with the cache owner for not doing the required maintenance.
Things only looked up from then on. My bung knee is better going up hill; climbed and got lucky to find GC5F75A Birds of ACT: Rainbow Bee-eater; further up to find GC1BMT6 Eagle Mountain?. What a great view! Hats off to the cache owners who plant these things to get us out and about. Wouldn’t have know there was such a great view, within 3 crowlometers of my humble abode.
Heading back down, scored GC1YJ0N Rocky Mountain. More heart-lifting views.
I was prepared to walk down to cross the drainage line at Templestowe Avenue, but was able to cross above that, then walk up the back of the houses to the top of Eaglemont Retreat.
I’m not sure gentle exercise is helping my knee 🙁 .
1 walker – me.