Run ((orienteering)) 47:07  *** 5.6 km (8:25 / km) +210m 7:05 / km
Some bush orienteering of sorts, in the form of a Yarra Valley training event at Jumping Creek (near Warrandyte). There wasn't actually that much forest running - the forest section was green and mostly track running - but a semi-open area out the back saw much more cross-country. I didn't really expect to come up for this but it worked out OK (though I was very conservative, walking all the hills) - calves were tight but no pain, and have come up better afterwards than the back-to-square-one sense of the last two attempts. I haven't forgotten how to navigate during the break, either - most of the controls were straightforward but there were a couple of vague slopes which I hit right on.
Saw quite a number of people I haven't seen for a while - good to see Joyce Rowlands, whom I passed on the way to the first control, back in action. (I had thought she must be in her 90s by now, but a check of my results files indicates she's 88 this year).
After that it was taking the chance to go further afield than has been possible for a while. The ultimate destination was Blairgowrie but I decided to take a highly indirect route choice, partly because I'd been planning to go to Toorongo Falls (near Noojee) in July (thanks to a tip from Rob Preston) and hadn't had the chance then. It was as nice as I expected, and in any case I've really missed the setting of green fields in valley bottoms and towering eucalypts and tree ferns off to the side.
The route choice from there to the Mornington Peninsula was also something a bit different (including a stretch on the uninspiringly-named Main Drain Road, where I failed to find the Cora Lynn ford which regularly gets mentioned on Bunyip River flood warnings). It did, however, take me back to once-familiar ground around Neerim South, where we were based when working at the Gippsland Field Days in the 2000s (and where I did perhaps my best training run of the 21st century). Neerim South apparently had a serious ice problem a few years back; not sure if it still does.