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Tuesday Oct 16 #

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Temperatures continued to recover/sore will into the 30s and beyond, but already if it is above freezing, with little wind, and full sun, it feels warm. Bring it on, Winter, we are ready for you now.

Hopped over to the Forest Service via bike and paid our permit bill for the year, and then hopped out to the Forest Service forest via truck and ran intervals under the beautiful blue sky. The dirt road I was using was a bit sloppy with mud and/or snow slush in spots, but basically it was delightful. After a while summer gets boring and you start to dream the slush and mud... 8 x 5 min. cruise intervals was the dose.

Once again, no hunters, no rifle shots Very weird. Maybe there were very few tags issued for this game area for this season this year.

Monday Oct 15 #

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It became massively cold yesterday (for October), and I believe there are decent chances new lows were set for both yesterday (late night) and today (early morning.) When I arose, it was 5F, which is not exactly usual fare for this time of year.

The cold brought along with it about 3-4" of snow, which means we now have snow on the ground that won't fully melt out until April or May. When I was running, I saw the first set of ski tracks for the season, but I never could come across the actual offending rock skier. That's okay, as it would not have been a Hendrixian anyway. There will never be another Hendrix.

Funny how you forget how the winter winds rip away your face any chance they get. But you remember so quickly! And already summer seems very, very far away.

Saturday Oct 13 #

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Colder weather and snow to arrive later in the day, with Sunday right on down i the chilly range, so heel or no heel is was back out for some more O' today, with an area switch back over to Granite Planite. I toured the Green course from the O' Festival, and this time I even followed all the lines correctly into and out of the multiply visited controls.

There's still a faintly visible beaten down line between the last control and finish, but otherwise I couldn't see a trace of any sign that a race had taken place here not much over a month ago.

It was snowing lightly most of the time I was out, for that true winter aspect.

Friday Oct 12 #

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O' at the Northern Edge (of Diamond Bay). 8.5 kms if run right, longer if run wrong, which was me. If you don't keep your focus, you are not going to go right. Completely stellar day, and so much appreciated after a run of gray days. I made the most of it with some fun orienteering on this chunk of map:



Relatively few people have been out on this chunk of map--a few Blue runners 2 years back, and some Goats earlier than that. By adding on a relatively small amount of map--the unsurveyed area above the line--there is a perfectly usable amount of area for a Classic distance event. The terrain changes markedly at the east end of what is mapped, and everything east of the mapped area is quite a bit tougher than might be guessed. A lot of the open area is clad in enough sage/bitterbrush cover to make for some chewy running, and all of the detail that shows is there because of rock.

Why the difference between east and west here? It's granite underlying the area, but the texture of the granite is probably changing from a coarser grain (west) to a mediumish grain (east).

Surveying time is just about out for this year, but this is one of the places I am eyeing for next year. Not much more than 1 km2 of additional mapping will yield a perfectly fine map with the added bonus of great access along its entire length. That might not matter to some, but if you are putting out water...

Thursday Oct 11 #

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Shockingly, it was another totally gray day. I made an attempt to do some riding in shorts (with a warm jacket though--no point in absurdity), but really it was a little too chilly for comfort, and I cut it short and headed out to run earlier than planned instead.

While running, I could see some blue sky both far to the north and south, but straight overhead was a nice swath of dark cloud, which occasionally lightened up the run with some grapple. At one point I amused myself by thinking of words that rhyme with grapple, and ended up thinking about scrapple. Even realizing that people's tastes will vary, and that in desperate circumstances people will do desperate things, you have to draw the line somewhere, and the line I draw for myself comes nowhere close to scrapple. Sorry, scrapple lovers!

Still wondering when the sun will renew. Maybe tomorrow, even if they say Tomorrow Never Knows.

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