And it was rad. I camped 2 nights, saw countryside, mountain ranges, and almost almost nothing on the car broke.
I signed up for the Snowy Mountains 50km a few months ago with a friend, with the knowledge that:
- neither of us had ever run 50km
- neither of us were capable of running 50km
- this was going to be an especially hilly 50km, with much elevation
So we both bought running bags that can hold several litres of water and set to training. As well as a couple of 40km+ runs, I turned my 5km run commute to and from work into a 12km detour through the city, around the botanical gardens and along the river home. It was wild.
The next problem was getting there. He’s in Sydney and I’m in Melbourne, and the run was in Jindabyne which is somewhere in between. I opted not to drive the 8.5 hours the day before the run, and again afterwards - instead I’d break up each drive into 2 days and camp overnight in between. This meant taking Friday and Monday off work.
In the end, all came together. He completed the run in 5.5 hours, me in 6.5. My pace wasn’t blistering, but the hills around the 30km really undid me, and the ending was rough. I was happy enough to finish at all. The camp sites were fantastic, just free sites out in the bush. I saw roos, both living and dead, many dead wombats, no koalas, some vultures, many cows, an eagle and a pelican.
The MR2 performed spectacularly. Parts of the Snowy Mountains Highway through the Kosciuszko mountain range, and the Murray River Road that follows the river, are twisty as you could hope for. And they’ve got the sort of high forgiving speed limits you only find in legitimate countryside. I did the entire trip with the roof off, though it wasn’t ideal during the long stretches of 110km/hr on the Hume Hwy. Saw a lot of burned bushland, was driving through it for hours. It is hard to grasp the scale of the bushfires until you’re traveling through the affected region for a full half day.
I also broke my handbrake cable. First night as soon as I got to the first campsite, I pulled it on and it just snapped. The MR2 hasn’t had many breakages in the time I’ve had it, but now there’s this.
Here are some pics.