For the first time, randomness took me to the outer northeast - map 22, which covers the east side of Eltham along with Research. (Newly acquired knowledge of the day: the latter's name comes not because it had been an experimental farm in a past life, which had been my assumption, but morphed from Research Gully which morphed from Re-Search Gully, so named because gold was found there at the second attempt).
I used the Woodridge street-O map as the basis for this (although not the controls marked thereon). This part of town can be ferociously steep if you're going against the grain - the powerline track was once an if-I-want-a-serious-challenge long run destination - and is reasonably hilly even if you're going with it, as I was for a fair bit of this (you can hide quite a bit in 10-metre contours even on supposedly contouring roads). Found it pretty hard work for the most part, although better on the long gradual climbing parts; a bit of left hip soreness was again evident on the warm-up but not during the run. Quite a bit of grass slashing in progress - it's that time of year (and bushfires are always going to be in people's minds in an area like this - I don't think there's been a big one since 1939, although they would have been in a lot of trouble had the wind change on Black Saturday been two hours later).
A lot of politicians have an eye on their legacy, and being instrumental in getting the bit of land (which I went past today) reserved that saved a critically endangered species
is one of the better ones.
This was a very pleasant late spring day, and once back home, the numerous basketball hoops that have sprouted in my street were getting some good use.