|Northern Flinders Ranges|
In the absence of other news, I thought I would include another anecdote from my running past. This one tells the tale of a long run during a camping trip to the Arkaroola section of the northern Flinders Ranges with another couple in the early 1980s. See the St Mary's Peak post for the story of another run on an earlier vacation. Below is an edited version of the story submitted to the Kew-Camberwell newsletter about the run.
|The Ridgetops Tour trail|
It is true that I wasn't at peak fitness for this little exploit, but I feel that I should point out that the reason I started to fall behind on the precipitous hills at an early stage in the run had more to do with the large hole which opened in the sole of my left shoe and continually filled with sand and gravel than Pratty's scintillating pace.
|The northern turn-around point for the Ridgetops Tour|
(we continued down the track at the bottom of the photo)
After two and a half hours, we reached the turnaround point for the tour at about the same time as the Land Rover (which had made some detours) and, after another beggared drink (it was now quite hot and the tourists were beginning to regret the drinks they had given us earlier), and next-to-useless guidance from the tour driver as to the direction we were to take to get to Paralana Hot Springs, we set off in the general direction of Cape York down a boulder-strewn trail.
I don't remember a lot about this last five miles, apart from heat, glare, thirst and circling birds of carrion as we pushed slowly on along dry river beds and across rocky clearings. I do recall that Pratty was no longer pushing the pace.
To everybody's considerable surprise (including my own), we arrived at the Springs more or less on schedule and without getting lost. Training was light for the next few days.