|Sharon tackling one of the obstacles on|
the Link Track
The route we chose was the Link Track that connects the Gloucester Tops to Barrington Tops via a forested ridge, a 34km out-and-back trip, starting at about 1300m and climbing to about 1500m at the Carey's Peak turnaround. It was forecast to be a warm day, so the idea of running at altitude had some appeal. It was also quite windy, so that helped keep us cool as well.
The track wasn't that hilly, but was narrow and technical in many parts. The terrain varied from glades of Antarctic beech to more tussocky open alpine forest. We had the place to ourselves and saw no-one at all, despite it being school vacation time.
|Beautiful trail running on the Link Track|
With a few kilometres to go, I caught Sharon making hand signals at a distance to indicate the presence of a snake on the track and I got a good picture. From there, I pretty much walked all the way back to the car, feeling absolutely exhausted.
|Some wildlife on the Link Track|
On the plus side for me, my Achilles pain wasn't too bad and the knee bearable during the run. Neither seems to be worse post-run, but I did kick a rock or stump during the second half of the run and felt sharp pain in the right arch that was giving me problems a couple of months ago. Hopefully, it will be fine.
Despite my exhaustion, I count myself lucky to have been able run/walk through such an environment, and will relish the memory. I think the Australian bush is in my DNA and I always feel right at home there. Despite going quite slowly, we essentially completed what is supposed to be a two-day hike in just 5.5 hours. Trail running gives you many more options in wild country.