Monday, 25 October 2010

Lost and Found - Sunday the 24th of October, 2010

With Super Typhoon Megi turning out to be a complete non-event and other constraints appearing, I hurriedly made plans to run early on Sunday morning. I'd previously ran section 1 of the MacLehose Trail (the route the Oxfam will take place) during a half-marathon event, and as my brother-in-law, Wai, assured me that section 2 was also flat, I was pretty confident of running both sections.

Section 1 starts in Pak Tam Chung in Hong Kong's far east, before winding along a road that skirts High Island Reservoir.

24/10/10 26km Trail Run
Running out along the road, the sun already fierce at 9.30am

24/10/10 26km Trail Run
Wai didn't like my suggestion of the team name: "The Wolf Pack". Maybe it doesn't sound as cool in Cantonese?

24/10/10 26km Trail Run
An alien looking over-flow drain. It'd be awesome to see this thing in action!

24/10/10 26km Trail Run
Reaching the Dam wall, which just about marks the end of Section 1

Section 2 (thankfully) moves off the road onto an occasionally paved, largely dirt but at some points hideously sandy trail. I was about to learn two things: 1. Section 2 is not flat as Wai described it; and 2. Hong Kong does have some beautiful beaches afterall!

24/10/10 26km Trail Run
Descending down to Long Ke Beach

24/10/10 26km Trail Run

24/10/10 26km Trail Run
Almost as good as an Australian beach... just missing waves!

Of course, after discovering the beach, I discovered point 1 as we quickly gained about 300m directly off the beach.

24/10/10 26km Trail Run
Quickly gained hight above the beach. The other hikers are using umbrellas for sun protection!

24/10/10 26km Trail Run
Section 2 then proceeds to follow the coastline, quickly gaining height before dropping down onto successive beaches!

24/10/10 26km Trail Run
Rocky downslope running

Onto the beach

Engineered to perfection, this wooden plank bridge crossing a river mouth

The final flat section before climbing the hill directly ahead to Pak Tam Au

A great run.

24/10/10 26km Trail Run
24/10/10 26km Trail Run

An awesome route that visits (from what I've seen) far and away, Hong Kong's best beaches. Next time I'll remember to pack a pair of bathers and a towel!

Found: Hong Kong's most beautiful beaches.
Lost: My new Go-Lite running visor! T_T < that's a crying icon

After finishing the run, I took off my visor and pack, put it on top of the car and sat down to empty the sand out of my shoes. When I put my shoes back on and stood up, I picked up my pack and forgot my visor! It's probably sitting sadly alone on the ground in the Pak Tam Chung parking lot.

At least it saw about 130kms in the ~2 weeks I had it. Now I'll have to hunt around for a replacement!

Mourning my loss...
~ Joe

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