Nice - I considered coming over, but then went for a long run instead... Enjoyable route?
Yes, a very nice route. Probably 60% paved, 40% dirt. Of the paved, almost all was on roads with little traffic. Of the dirt, maybe 5 miles was rather gnarly, lots of gravel or loose rock, so took more work. No big hills at all, nothing more than 250' vertical, and nothing steep enough to worry about getting up, though there was one section of loose gravel we went down that I'm not sure I could have made it up. Overall, very pleasant, the miles just kept ticking by and pretty soon I was done.
Nicely organized, also low-key (and cheap, $25). Could either load the route on a Garmin, or use the cue sheet, or both, or neither I suppose. I used the cue sheet, it was excellent and I had no problems. But who knows what other folks did. Saw or heard of a few who seem to have found the navigation challenging. Almost no signs or road markings.
Very glad I went, though cooler and less humid would have certainly been welcome.
I've ridden or run quite a few of the dirt roads in that area, particularly up in Yale Forest / Boston Hollow. I may draft a cue sheet from your track and go ride it later in the fall when its not so muggy out...
That sounds like a very nice ride, but I missed you guys this weekend. :-( It just isn't the same.
Yup. We miss seeing you and Gail at O events!!
We went to a lot of events over the years, and not going at all certainly leaves a big hole in our lives. But each of us, at one time or another, has experienced going to O' events while injured, just to accompany the other, and you feel pretty much out of it. So now, with both out of commission, it just doesn't happen.
Miss seeing some folks, for sure. Miss the pleasure of orienteering when I could run. Miss a wonderful assortment of adventures and experiences and fun, also ridiculous moments (with either me or someone else as the lead actor). Don't miss the bitching, the nerdiness, the rules, the lack of imagination, though these aspects are certainly not unique to orienteering.
Right now my biking is my replacement. It lacks the social interaction (mainly my own choice), but it certainly is awesome as far as adventures and experiences and fun. I invariably come back with a big smile.
And when I read some AP logs (though many fewer than I used to), I sure don't see much of the same joy I am experiencing.
Though I sure do miss seeing you guys and other old friends.
Not sure what to do about it....