And...very nicely done. Looks like it was a snowy, wet start.
I saw a pic of Steve Tarry with his forehead bandaged...did he do that at the race, do you know?
@JanetT, Steve actually had a run-in with his bike helmet (required safety gear for the tunnel). He said that he fell backward and it swung around and hit him in the head. So much for safety! (He did assure us that he was just fine, when he came across the finish line.)
Now that's some fine irony for you: head injury caused by a helmet!
I hope you gave him a special award!
came across Steve early @ B4. he asked if I saw a helmet. apparently he dropped his and had to retrace his steps back to B2. might have fared better putting the helmet in his pack.
Good thing Steve had his mandatory first aid kit with him, eh?! :)
Yeah I had a helluva time with my helmet, what with backtracking from B4 most of the way back to B2 to retrieve it--but the snow made it possible for me to retrace my exact steps, otherwise might never have found it. As for the headwhack, I wondered what following competitors might have thought happened at the bloody patch I left in the snow near D (shortly after the second time I saw you, Joe). Yes thank goodness for the first aid kit they made us carry. Yes I should have had a better system for carrying the damn helmet.
And: Yes thank you Sherpes for the great pics. Yes congrats Val and Sandy for a good accomplishment (and good picture posing). Yes thank you Rootstock (Abby and Brent) for setting up such a unique orienteering adventure.
As for special awards, I suppose it would be a booby prize for whacking oneself in the head with one's "safety" equipment.
There's another oddball "award" category that I suspect I might be one of the few, maybe the only one, to qualify for: people who have been through the tunnel by car as well as during orienteering / rogaining / adventure racing. You'd have to be of a certain age: the Sideling Hill tunnel closed to traffic when the bypass was opened on November 26, 1968. I went through it by car at least four times: once each way in 1956 when my family drove from our home in New Jersey to visit Dad's relatives in Missouri, and the same again in 1958. I was only 5 and 7 respectively but I clearly remember going through the 7 Pa. Turnpike tunnels, that was pretty cool to a geeky kid. I'm pretty sure I was already paying close attention to the road map, it wasn't too much later (by age 10 or so), that my parents learned they were better off handing the map to me than to each other.
Congrats Valerie and Sandy! Looks like a fun race! Did Pepper sit this one out?
Ah.... that's what the story is behind that big patch on the forehead ...