New trails – short but sweet

Having recently moved from our home of the past 5 years which backed on to Lane Cove National Park, we are now in limbo as we stay in an apartment until we settle on our new home in about a week.  Luckily, to save on brain power, we’re only a couple of kilometres further downriver, still close to the National Park, so coming up with a trail to follow wasn’t too tricky.  Down the end of the road was about a kilometre of single track, which then joined back on to my usual 4km home loop – adding up to a 7km run, still mostly on trails.

New starting point

New starting point

Perfect spring morning

Perfect spring morning

The new section turned out to be the most wonderful section of single track – my favourite type of trail.  It went up, it went down, there were rocks, and trees, a creek to cross and a long section of it went through the largest field of flannel flowers I have ever seen.  They bordered both sides of the trail and stretched out far either side in places.  It must be a very sheltered area since it’s well past when I would have expected them to be out.

Flannel flowers!

Flannel flowers!

Creek crossing

Creek crossing

The rest of the run was very average, I struggled and walked for large sections, but the first and final trail lifted my spirits and reminded me what I really love to be doing when running.  Although I did see (and hear) a lot of bird life along the fire trails too, with cockatoos landing in the middle of the trail and a king parrot landing on a branch next to me and then hopping along the trail with me for a while – I tried to get photos, but they didn’t really work.

Cockatoo

Cockatoo

End of trail

End of trail

Updated to add my stats!

  • Distance: 7.3km
  • Elevation: 113m
  • Time: 1:07:18
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