Run 41:00  7.3 km (5:37 / km)
Hills have not been especially kind to me of late, but it would be hard to find a flatter route than the one I took this morning - exploring the Mitchell River silt jetties (8km long silt banks where the river runs into the Gippsland Lakes), which are apparently the second longest in the world after the Mississippi's. There's a dirt road out along the south bank so did an out and back along that (feeling a bit out of place because I didn't have a boat or a fishing rod).
Felt a bit creaky at times and it always seemed like hard work, but reasonably happy with the output. Significantly less slow than most of my training runs this year, sitting around 5.30s for most of it (this often seems to happen on rural roads, which may or may not indicate not getting full value from the GPS in the city?).
Spent much of the rest of the day exploring. Paynesville, where I'd originally planned to stay but couldn't find anything affordable (turned out there was a classic boat festival in town), is pretty suburban, but Raymond Island, just across the water, was worth going to, not least for its koala population (I think the last time I saw one in the wild was when doing WMOC 2002 preparations at Glenluce). Also went through a corner of the fire area northeast of Bairnsdale, where there's already a fair bit of new growth (mostly bracken); most of the houses near the road seem to have survived.
Dinner at the Metung pub, which must have one of the best views of any such establishment in the state.