Another Record for Rad
Five of us started at 6:30 am, and there was not a cloud in the sky.
There was a good slow run up the Mt McDonald road, then at 2.8km we veered into the forest trails, up a short hill past a dam, in which there was NO water.
You've guessed it now, that we were doing the "Cotter 15".
Continuing past Padovans crossing, we were surprised that there was NO water flowing under the bridge.
Usually on the approaches to this crossing we can see the stream some 400 metres before the crossing, but not today. There was however a puddle of stagnant water below the crossing.
Luckily we had brought our own water and devoured some, a couple of mouthfulls.
Rad, RB, NB, JD, Friar all continued to Vanitys Crossing, this time there was water flowing, and again it was at the lowest level since before the fish run had been installed.
Here we had a rest and a drink.
A lady had brought her dogs and canoe out and they proceeded to paddle east from Vanitys.
Then a couple of bike riders came past and rode across very slowly.
We continued up the hill at a slow pace, with a stop at the top for the view.
Past the Cotter Forestry settlement where there is only one of the original houses left, and the last final downhill to the Cotter Reserve.
There is also a new footpath edging under the road and around the playground to the east for the final run back to the carpark.
The sky by this time had become cloudy so the temperature during the run was quite bearable in contrast to twelve months previously, which had been in the mid thirties.
Rad thus becomes the oldest known person to run the "Cotter 15."
BTW it was also JD's birthday, and we wished him well.
Until Next Time