New and awesome routing today. From Tai Wai to Needle Hill to Shing Mun reservoir AND BACK! Excellent climbing exercise. The stairs to the 535m Needle Hill on a hot summer day feel like the stairways to heaven!
Today was super humid. Move a finger, you sweat. Started nice and early as 0730 in Tai Wai and finished by 1030 (3 hrs total both ways!) Pretty good timing. About 17Km.
After finishing in Tai Wai, I was very tempted to pursue my unfinished business (no, I don’t mean taking a dump, I mean doing Plover Cove!) Plover Cove and Sharp Peak are my 2 mountain homes. Plover Cove’s greenery is always captivating.
So, set off to do Plover Cove after that and started at 1124. Target was to complete in the usual 2 hours 30 minutes.
Actual finish time though was 2 hours 46 minutes (1406). Mission Failed.
However, in mitigation, I suppose I can offer these excuses:
a) Had already done 17Km in the morning and doing Needle Hill twice requires a lot of energy!
b) Ran out of water 75% of the way. Carried 1.8L as it was cloudy but the sun came out of nowhere! Got hit by the sun rays pretty hard and had to conserve water. Only way I could do that was by reducing speed
c) It was bloody humid. Was dripping constantly. Was out of energy too
I know.. excuses, excuses..
So, 16 minutes off target but felt great afterwards. Plover Cove has this magical, soothing feeling. Running on those ridges has a calming effect on the mind.