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In the 7 days ending Apr 29:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Hike3 13:02:00 22.12(35:21) 35.6(21:58)
  Orienteering1 1:40:00 5.59(17:53) 9.0(11:07)
  Running1 23:00 2.49(9:15) 4.0(5:45)
  REST2 2 3.73 6.0
  Total7 15:05:02 33.93 54.6
  [1-5]5 15:05:00

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Sunday Apr 29 #

Orienteering 1:40:00 [1] 9.0 km (11:07 / km)

Mt Larua Orienteering. On the whole good for me, although I managed to miss the start triangle! It was moderate/hard and most controls were ok

Start to 1: good, after crossing lots more tracks than I should I realized that I hadn't gone through the start triangle! (should that make it poor?) Managed to head for hill using the power lines, found track junction and then Ab led me in.
1 to 2: good, followed track, spiked it.
2 to 3: good, but I should probably have run over the hill since it was slow going the 'safe' way following the track then walking up the creek. Jo bombed off past me.
3 to 4: poor, I actually thought I was lost for a moment after not finding control, walked to junction, got confused then looked some more and there it was. Should have been more confident the first time.
4 to 5: good, I suppose this was ok although vegetation would have given me trouble. I was ok because I was in the general area and they didn't hdie it!
5 to 6: poor, I saw extra tracks and used the wrong track to locate where the cliff was. I saw the major cuts and realized I was wrong (after having climbed a little to check out the cliffs). Should have been more observant earlier, and realized there were extra tracks. David was also at this control and said 'bottom of cliff' as I came down the HUGE cutting.. almost funny.
6 to 7: good, this was probably the hardest leg, cutting across tracks and having to use the contours to get the correct gully. No vegetation made it good, but I might have had trouble in an area with trees.
7 to 8: good, I tried cutting cross country and picked up the track ok, tried following the creek but the vegetation was too bad so ended up on a track. However there were extra tracks coming off and I lost confidence that I was even on the right track. I went to end convinced that I might be 'lost'but found control. Again 'confidence' wasn't great since I've had problems like this before and it's meant hours of wandering!
8 to 9: good, I managed to go cross country, pickedup one track, crossed to the other other and went up a gully. Had to slow a lot to find control but I was in the right spot.
9 to 10: good, took the tracks, but came off way too early and walked through vegetation searching for gully, when I could have just round down a track and nipped in.
10 to 11: good, I managed to correct a potentially bad error and went down the right track! Nice view of the steel works.
11 to 12: good, again cross-country against tracks, but I was rather hesitant at the end looking for 'pit' that was more like cliff. David caught me up again having made a mistake.
12 to 13: good, cross-country worked out ok, although I was aided by seeing David in distance, Found track junction ok and had good sense of where the cliff was and nipped in reaching it same time as David.
13 to finish: good, again was aided by seeing David in distance, so it was just a jog. Also noticed the power lines, so would have been ok on my own too. Wasn't sure of finish procedure.. it was wait at van for them to stop the clock!

On the whole this was more a moderate course. I didn't make major errors (hurray since we needed to drive home!) but was a little hesitant at the controls, lost confidence at least twice and considered that I might be in the totally wrong spot, but made a few good basic checks that kept me mostly on track. My buttock bothered me after days of not stretching/massaging properly but ignored it; just didn't push the running even though there was scope to bomb round!

Saturday Apr 28 #

REST 1 [0] 6.0 km ( / km)

There was a lot of time driving today. Did a 6km walk in the afternoon at Kimba, looking at the sculptures. Suppose it was a 'rest' day.

Friday Apr 27 #

Hike 3:48:00 [1] 11.8 km (19:19 / km)

This was a nice walk to Yandinga Well, climbing up the rocky hill from camp site, going along the flat, sandier top, weaving around the vegetation, then climbing down the rock formations known as 'organ pipes' to follow the creek to a 'well' and another campsite. Walked back along the road. Ab felt sick and had to wait under a tree while I ran the last 3km very worried about her. Luckily David had arrived back too, having taken the 'non-road' option. We picked her up ok. Jo came with us having 'rested' ankle at camp all day.

Thursday Apr 26 #

Hike 3:56:00 [1] 10.0 km (23:36 / km)

Walked the marked trail at the Hiltaba Homestead. Was hilly. Buttock hurt quit a lot. Worried about what it is.. ie haven't done much more than walking... but don't want to miss out doing things. Seems no point resting. Saw wombats at end!

Wednesday Apr 25 #

Hike 5:18:00 [1] 13.8 km (23:03 / km)

A really challenging unmarked walk to view the 'organ pipes' rock formation, walking from campsite using a CFS map that David had of the Gawler Ranges! Contours and some tracks and creeks were useful but the 'vegetation' was not. Ground was very stony and rocky making it hard, especially going up hill and across the slope. Much better in the creek, sandier and flat. Buttock hurt. Took ages. Quite a scramble near the end when we found another version of the 'organ pipes' that we had to scale to get back over the hill! Didn't get to climb Scrubby Peak, maybe another day.

Tuesday Apr 24 #

Running 23:00 [1] 4.0 km (5:45 / km)

Late afternoon jog from campsite just as the sun was setting. 2km out and back. Got dark quickly after. Nice sandy red dirt trails. Could have gone on forever, but buttock hurt on way back. Met Jo and returned with her from her intervals.

Monday Apr 23 #

REST 1 [0]

Travel to Lake Gilles with 3km walk/jog at lake just before it got dark and 1km jog (6:20 pace). Buttock ok but left knee was hurting! However, that settled.

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