Because I can't stay in the one place for long, after all of one night at home I was back on the road - but just a flying visit to Canberra this time. (Would probably have preferred not to have done this one, but work needed someone).
Canberra was doing its winter thing this morning: -5 at the airport overnight. Being aware of the findings of Trewin (2005)
, I knew it would be warmer than that on the ridges, and headed from where I was staying (near the St. Clare's roundabout) for the Red Hill ridgeline, doing a section of one of my classic runs from back in the day. It's sufficiently classic that I have some of my own placenames for bits of it, on a section that runs from Hindmarsh Gap to Davidson Trig to Windy Saddle (only the second of these is an official name, but I don't think anyone familiar with the area will have trouble working out where the other two are).
This was more ambitious than most of my runs of its type recently, and I was satisfied with how I handled the climbing, although the steeper bits were definitely hard work. Later in the day I saw an information board about the environmental work that's been done on Red Hill since the cattle were removed in the 1990s, and it's certainly evident on the southern end of the ridge - in the 1980s this was almost completely covered with thistles (except for the path), but they're nowhere to be seen now. Good views as always on a clear morning (although the truly classic time to do this run is when it takes you above the fog), and the number of dog-walkers on the ridge (compared to the number on lower ground) suggests that at least some Canberrans are familiar with the principles, if not the text, of Trewin (2005). Didn't feel quite as smooth as I'd hoped on the descent, and a bit of hamstring soreness later in the day, though it seems to have settled now.