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Discussion: Sandy Neck

in: cmorse; cmorse > 2021-01-15

Jan 15, 2021 1:33 PM # 
They recommend a buddy. Seems like a possibility.
Jan 15, 2021 5:13 PM # 
Cool... still in the thinking stage, but not having to concern myself with wrangling a partner might be nice.. How much flexibility does your schedule allow? I've done this in bitterly cold weather where the bayside of my face froze from the wind so would prefer to choose a milder sort of day for this nonsense. Maybe sooner than later as I'm hearing the vortex may come to visit in a few weeks.
Jan 15, 2021 5:34 PM # 
Weekends and holidays are better for me, as I have a regular job. I could take a vacation day if it looked worthwhile, as I have a bunch to burn this year (company policy changing). Monday is an option for me, actually, 40F and dry, and the wind (though strongish) is from the west, and thus not coming off the water. But that may be too soon. For a regular weekday, I'd need to look at my meeting schedule.
Jan 15, 2021 5:41 PM # 
Wasn't sure how flexible your remote work situation was. I forget you are particularly attuned to wind forecasts. Since the course is pretty much all out in the open, a low wind day would also be of great benefit, perhaps even moreso that absolute temperature forecast. Let me know - my schedule is mostly totally flexible.
Jan 15, 2021 5:46 PM # 
Looking at the forecast for the week, 15 mph is actually typical or maybe even on the low side for that location.

If it looked like Monday was a good day to find ice somewhere, that would be higher priority, but I don't know if the prospects are very good for that. I'll let you know. I also have a friend who lives not too far from there who would probably happily provide any support we might need.
Jan 15, 2021 6:05 PM # 
Support not really required as its a double figure-8 loop so passing the vehicles roughly every 8 miles or so. Monday probably an option as I'm likely about as fit as I'm likely to be in the next month or so.
Jan 15, 2021 6:31 PM # 
You can't discount the value of somebody saying "Go! Go! Go!". :-)
Jan 15, 2021 7:00 PM # 
That's what I've got you for :-) But no objections to some outside heckling...
Jan 15, 2021 7:35 PM # 
Ideal start time woudl be around 5 AM, but it's not a very tall tide on Monday, so probably anytime is fine. The issue would be the beach getting narrow at the end, and potentially having to cut things short. But there will probably be enough sand even at high tide.

Is there a course map or GPS track anywhere?
Jan 15, 2021 9:20 PM # 
I'd be game for an early start - less wind potential in early AM. Less likely to encounter others - though that's probably not much of an issue since folks would be spread out by varying start times. But I suspect the holiday might be a popular day to run this.

Only one loop, but it covers the details..
Jan 15, 2021 11:30 PM # 
That's 1.5 times around the course, right? (Except the extra .5 is the short "half"?) I dunno, man, what a bummer, it doesn't go to the lighthouse... ;-)
Jan 16, 2021 11:50 AM # 
Yes, upon looking again, the GPS track does include the partial second loop. The main loop runs from start through about the 2:35 mark.
Jan 16, 2021 12:13 PM # 
Looks like lighthouse adds about 3.8km round trip to the course. I've no problem with bonus miles and/or doing the 'loops' out of order (east b4 west) and shorting the final western loop. Its not like this counts for anything other than bragging rights...
Jan 16, 2021 2:39 PM # 
And not like I have anybody to brag to...
Jan 16, 2021 10:05 PM # 
Let's talk on the phone sometime tomorrow.
Jan 17, 2021 10:24 PM # 
I cobbled together a hand-crafted XML file for O-Range. IIRC there are a couple trail junctions that could be tricky, particularly as it has been a few years since I ran this course. Basically dropped 'flags' at key junctions, will run O-Range in course setting mode and it will simply tell us the distance to the nearest control to keep us honest and on the correct bit of sand.
Jan 17, 2021 10:34 PM # 
It looks really straightforward, always keep the dry land on your left. But then, I haven't been there.
Jan 17, 2021 10:48 PM # 
Yeah, not too tough, but I recall a couple spots on the Marsh trail where trails head up into the dunes and wouldn't want to cut toward the bay too early...
Jan 17, 2021 11:40 PM # 
...unless we're making a decision to bail. I noted the locations of those, could be of interest depending on how things go, but that's not the plan.

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