Saturday 17 January: Cbr100Challenge Training – Forde to Hall and return via the Canberra Centenary Trail – L/E. Join me for as much or as little as you like. Ring me to find out where I am. Around 40km. Map: Hall. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877 firstname.lastname@example.org . Transport: Drive yourself.
7 of us met in the Forde entrance to Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve car park.
Distance: 38.0km | Climb: 825m | Time: 6.55am-3.20pm (8hrs 25mins), with 45 mins of breaks | Grading: L/E; M(11+)
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Mild as we set off on the wide concrete path that is now the Old Gundaroo Rd. Across the Mulligans Flat Rd, over the stile into the North Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve. Up beside Duke Rd and round onto the crest. West then North around the flanks of Oak Hill (the hill is on leasehold land), then down to the Northern campsite. Here Gavin left us, as he was sussing out the trip to here for a group of his friends. 6.5km in 1hr 20mins to here.
A lovely day, the breeze appreciated as it kept us cool in the sections without shade. It topped 27ºC in Canberra.
We followed the CCT into the Gungahlin Eucalypt Plantation. Some great free-stone rock sculptures as the track contours North to rejoin the ACT-NSW border. Heading West again, we past border marker A1.
Not much to say except follow your nose towards One Tree Hill. You can see the switch-back walking track that goes to the top. A few bike riders on the track and one runner. We made One Tree Hill for morning tea. This leg 9.0km in 1hr 45mins. We won’t mention that I spent most of my break looking for a mere grade 2 difficulty geocache that I couldn’t find.
Down off the hill, the CCT gently descends the flanks of the spur which runs from One Tree Hill down towards Hall. From the Hill to the Hall reservoirs was 3.9km in 50mins. Here Nathan left us to walk down to his car parked in Victoria St.
So we just turned around and walked back, the return journey 18.7km in 4hrs 10mins (including 25mins lunch).
The ladies walked my socks off today. Don’t know why I was a little off my oats, particularly on the return trip. The balls of my feet were quite sore. Not sure if I’ll ever manage 100km, but I have to keep training.
So we’re still chasing that elusive 40km, last Saturday and today both being a couple of km under.
7 walkers – Cynthia B, Gavin F, Chris F, Nathan H, Susan M, Edwina Y, me.