orienteering race (Xmas 5-Days Day 2 ) 51:09  6.0 km (8:32 / km) +105m 7:50 / km
shoes: Asics GT-2000
Since we're staying in Kurri Kurri, I could jog to this morning's event at Pelaw Main, and was already pretty sweaty by the time I got there. Wasn't too warm in the forest though, and I quite enjoyed the event, taking tracks where possible to minimise the prickle-bush. A couple of times I missed/misread a minor MTB track or a junction, but my cross-country bearings weren't too bad and so I feel like I only lost a couple of minutes all up.
After a shower, a nap, and removal of numerous prickles from my knees, plus $12 lunch at the pub, G & I headed up into the Watagan mountains for a drive which turned out quite pleasant (also cooler than the plains) once we'd established that I did not intend for him to go 4WDing on any unofficial tracks.
On the way back we decided to look at the HEZ, the Hunter region's greatest white elephant. According to our street directory, The Hunter Economic Zone business park should in fact encompass much of the area where we were running today, but in reality there is one 5km road through the middle of the bush, with only two businesses on it but a hell of a lot of burnt out cars and tyres (the bushland area is pretty junky too; I had a control today on a burnt out wheelie bin) - and yet the visionaries went to the trouble of putting kerbs, streetlights, a bike path and bus stopping bays along this (now dead-end) road. Makes a mockery of the saying "if you build it, they will come"!