|The start of the descent to the Mangrove|
Creek Valley. Gymea lilies on the right.
One of the great benefits of retirement is that I can go to such places mid-week and have them to myself. There are two main Dubbo Gully options, a 25km and a 30km, with the 25km most commonly run or biked. I really wanted to do the 30km, despite knowing it would be hard work and having struggled on it on previous occasions. I chose to run the loop anti-clockwise, meaning the turn-off for the longer course came after 10km rather than 14km, making it less likely I would squib it and take the shorter course. It also meant that the only water available on the course came later in the run.
|Early settlers' graves in the Mangrove Creek valley|
|Looking across Yengo National Park|
|Mangrove Creek valley|