Day 4 of the Big 5, at Klipkraal near Sabie, 1:15'000.
Had a middle start. Slightly overcast, so the summer heat wasn't as bad as it could have been.
Off to a good start, hitting the first few okay. Slow into #3 as I struggled to read the map detail. Found a good crossing point to #4 and hit it pretty well. Then the tough slog to 5, 6 and 7. Pushed this hard, but still felt very good.
Got it right by going around the right to #8. Then hesitant into #9 due to low visibility, but not much time lost. The long leg was the most interesting leg of the day. I decided to go straight, but I don't know yet whether the left option was faster.
Hit #12 spot on, a nice one given the low visibility on approach. On 13, I got pulled by a ditch not on the map and ended up 40m too low. Took the wrong route choice into #14, going left of the green instead of right. 15 went well, but I was slightly off bearing into 16. Also wrong route into #17, when I circled round the right instead of going straighter / left.
18 was in the wrong spot, but I didn't notice till afterwards. At 19, did a full lap of the boulder before finding the control. Finally started catching people at #20, first Frey, then Garry. Got away from them going straight and hard to #21. Got pulled by another control just before #22, which I also struggled to read.
Big mistake of the day was #23, where I didn't realise the O on the map was a fence post. Went right past it before circling back. 1 min lost. Snuck out just as Frey arrived. Pushed hard from here, hitting the rest spot on.
Overall a good run. Finished about 14 mins behind Taivainen and only 30 secs behind Lundanes, who was on a training jog before the WRE on Day 5.
Started my GPS tracker late.