On 12 August Trevor and I flew to Boston. We returned home on 16 September. Our exploits in the US and Canada have been documented on Return of 2 Ws blog. We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the time we were away. I did manage to get in some decent walks and also climbed a number of mountains.
So what happened in the first part of August?
I managed to cram in quite a bit of walking before heading off to the US.
On Friday 1 I had an extra PT session so this allowed me to clock up just over 12km by walking to the gym and home. We went to A Bite to Eat at Chifley for lunch and I walked home via the top of Mt Taylor. Doesn't everyone climb the mountain when presented with the opportunity?
The ACT Winter Short Course Championships fell on 2 & 3 August. The meet was huge and I spent the weekend out at the AIS pool. By the time I got home it was already dark and I had a heap of followup processing to do so no walking.
Late Monday afternoon (august 4) I headed off and did one of my Mt Taylor climbs. The down section and return home was done in the gloom/dark. All up the walk tallied 11.35km with a good climb thrown in.
On Tuesday we had Astrid over for the day. The only walking I managed was a slow walk to the Village and back.
Wednesday (August 6) was a fine sunny day after a cool night. Once again I walked to the gym and back with my PT session in the middle. At lunch time we went out to check out what was available at Torrens, a small shopping centre on the other side of Mt Taylor to us. They did have a take away food outlet but I doubt if we will bother going there again. After lunch I returned home over Mt Taylor.
Thursdays always limit my walking. By the time I do my session at the family history centre and get home the day is pretty much over. I did squeeze in a 4km walk by driving to Mt Taylor. This circuit starts at the informal carpark on Sulwood Drive above Mannheim Street. I walk anti clockwise around the base of Taylor, up the Richmond Fellowship track and then to the carpark on the Mannheim track.
Friday I walked to the gym and back with another PT session thrown in.
On Saturday (August 9) I headed off to Cooleman Court in the early afternoon as I had a couple of things I needed for the trip. On the walk home I climbed up to the Mt Arawang trig point. I was surprised to see a mirror like area to my north west and realised that it was light reflecting off the surface of the Cotter Dam. I certainly had not noticed it before. Perhaps it was just fuller or the higher dam wall changed the perspective. Now I see it whenever I am up on the top of Arawang.
|Light reflecting off the surface of the Cotter dam|
On Sunday we lunched at Brothers Oven and I walked home from Tuggeranong. Later I did my long Mt Taylor circuit - the one starting from home to Mt Taylor, around to the Richmond Track, up to the summit and home.
|Wattle in bloom beside the track at the edge of the Mt Taylor reserve|
On Monday (August 11) I did a 6km walk up to the Mt Arawang summit.
On the 12th we were off to the US and Canada.
Distance walked: 252km with a daily average of a mere 8.15km
Elevation gain: 6561m which was a good daily average of 212m ... those mountain climbs in the US helped!
Steps: 678555 with an average of 21889 per day.