Run 4:49  0.51 mi (9:27 / mi) +6m 9:07 / mi
So, orienteering was fun. Especially when I remembered how to orienteer.
I got out of Dodge a bit later than planned, then hit a wall of traffic into Danbury. Bad enough I put the car in park and sent some texts. Which meant by the time I was off of 84 I was looking for any pullout to use the restroom.
I had plenty of time for the course, especially if I remembered how to orienteer. First a quick warm up to use the restroom again. Nice, cool, breezy day. And then off. Orienteering!
Orienteering 2:03:56  8.39 mi (14:46 / mi) +439m 12:42 / mi
First skips, 1, 5 and 16 were the obvious ones, I decided 16. So off to 1. In some deep, not-dry mud, and then up some benches up to the control. Cool, I remember how to orienteer. So then off to 2. Ran the spur and found a control, but not really in the right place. Oh, wait, this is 3. Should I go to 2 or use my skip? Actually, 2 is a decent skip, lots of contours between 2 and 3. Fine, use my skip. Not a great skip.
Back to the trail and whee down to the road and off to 4, navigating pretty well. Then down the herd path to 5 around the pond, also orienteering well. Actually, maybe getting cocky.
So 6. I was following stone walls and at some point followed the wrong one the wrong direction. Somehow north instead of west. And I got to a road. But there was no road on the map. I tried to make things line up and there was nowhere that I could be. This went on for a while until finally I realized there was the little yellow stripe along the map. Wait. That's the road? I don't really agree with the mapmaker, who either has it as a clear area with small areas of large trail, which kind of just look like cliffs. It makes sense, but I think would make a lot more sense as an indistinct trail. The narrow strip of yellow kind of looks like a contour line, especially where it runs parallel to the contour lines.
So once I figured that out, I yelled words at no one in particular, and went running off to the actual control. That was easy enough. Then to 7. Here the issue was not realizing how bad the slash thorns were (impassable). I tried several times, and finally gave up running the stream bed when it was impassable, and then finally went around.
So I found 7. Then off to 8. Well, I forgot how to take compass bearings. I first went west, then east, when I was supposed to be going south. I stopped for a second and said "okay, back to basics, following a bearing, read the terrain." And got to 8.
I think that was finally what I needed to remember how to orienteer. I'd already made 16m of mistakes. I made 31s the rest of the way (per AP).
10. Contour a bit high, then due south on a bearing, spike.
12, 13, 14, spikes, or close to it. 12 I think I took a decent route to avoid some climb, 13 I found the control sort of matching the description, 14, nicely done.
15-17, lagging, thirsty and not too fast, but navigated well.
18. Now I was tired and thirsty, and a long climb to the finish.
So, maybe if I orienteer a bit more?