Interesting route choice to #11; maybe I should have considered that...
Looks like JP also took the road to #11.
...along with Galen & John. I guess I was the only one who didn't get the memo. ;-)
JP kept saying your way was better, but he didn't take it. I doubt trying to run along a gully would be fast and it required much more attention to the map, by the road was physically and mentally easier and only slightly longer (maybe).
For people who are extra-fast runners like you and JP, the road definitely makes sense. I seem to always choose the longer road / trail route when I should just go straight-line, and vice versa. :-P