Run 32:00  5.5 km (5:49 / km)
The second part of plan B was the lunchtime run. I decided to head for the central city this time, partly because it would have more shade on a warm day (although as it happened lunchtime was when a seabreeze pushed briefly into the city before retreating again later). I expected a few interruptions and got a few interruptions, although not too many, possibly facilitated by a few bits of jaywalking (one intersection where I didn't try that was the one outside police headquarters). Didn't feel too bad all things considered.
Part of the objective here was to draw some more lines on maps, and I did draw some more lines on maps (including Bourke Street Mall for the first time), but the GPS was being even more wacky than usual in the inner city - giving me almost a bonus kilometre in the end - which meant that a lot of those lines were a lot less straight than the ones I actually ran. One of the upshots of this was that I supposedly registered seven "streets" (mostly laneways parallel to Elizabeth Street, which I did run) which I didn't actually enter.
Dodging pedestrians is part of the deal with a lunchtime CBD run, but at one spot on Bourke Street there were more to dodge than usual - a shop was being auctioned and the crowd spilled onto the street. Both the premises being auctioned and the people in attendance were more respectable than the last time I saw a lunchtime CBD property auction. That one was in the early 2000s and involved a dodgy amusement arcade in Russell Street (at that time a notorious drug strip) around the corner from the old Bureau office; well represented in the crowd were those whose by-then-mostly-terminated lives were subsequently portrayed in Underbelly. As one of my colleagues said at the time "the bids weren't in millions, they were in kilos".