On Friday we had a relaxed drive north towards Parkes through the bright yellow of the canola fields and the relatively green pastures, stopping along the way to ice cream up and go to the second-hand shop in Canowindra (highly recommended). The HH area was in an open paddock, so we pitched tents and flies ready for the forecast heat and no shade. Friday night's moon rose like an enormous balloon over the horizon, just as the temperature plummeted! Guessing minus a few degrees. Just like a nice day in Norway. But the cool didn’t last long.
We were keen to come to The Edge rogaine because we knew the area was good, and we knew Ronnie and David would set an excellent course with a focus on being in the bush and make a good map. We were rewarded on all these fronts.
The map had what we thought were three distinct areas, south-east with the high points and - for the area - hills, the flatter north and the hilly west.
We have done quite a few 24 hour events as a MUV team and rarely had much competition, so it was very good to be at an event with nine other UV teams! We think of ourselves as slow and steady types, befitting our team name ‘Red Hill Ramblers’ and had taken the MUV nationals trophy in 2022 thanks to the ‘fast and furious’ team of our Victorian friends Sedunary and Trease not competing (as they were organising that event), and the dynamic duo of Jean and Peggy Douglas being in the WUV category.