Orienteering (Street & Trail) 1:10:22  4.55 mi (15:28 / mi) +164m 13:55 / mi
QOC: Quantico Marine Corps Base Beaverdam Area. Gavin Weise had set a nice Green course on this nice map--the site of the last Junior Nationals event. I wasn't sure if I could finish and not reinjur myself so I didn't bother trying Red or Blue.
S-1 - I went straight, not seeing the option to use the ride and trail to get to the road. I was getting pushed away from the trail by thicker vegetation so I kept going until hitting the road. I turned left/right but was a little hesitant. The little spur to my right looked more like a knoll, and the reentrant I was in seemed deeper than what the map showed. The control was hard to see from above but I was right on target the whole way.
1-2 - I planned to use the bridge and headed NE. That took me uphill a little. Hitting the little trail, I turned right and downhill to the road. It was probably faster to go down to it right away. Once across, I climbed the hill and eventually took a connector trail to the trail that was parallel in the forest. I wasn't feeling confident of my position so I didn't get off the trail until I could see that the road was nearing. I finally cut across to the next road, headed west. Leaving from a road bend and manmade marker, I attacked and hit the control. This was a long way around but it safely got me there and into reading the map better.
2-3 - I backtracked to the road I'd attacked from and instead of getting to the next intersection, I cut across to the smaller side trail nearer to the field, than the straight road. This let me read where I was better that I figured I would on the straight road. However, when I dropped down to the road, I was past where I wanted to be since I was where the bend began. I went into the forest, around some green, across the creek, then over to and up the reentrant. Had I kept me straight bearing up the reentrant, I should have hit the control, but I saw it in the next reentrant off to my right--that seemed lower than it should have been.
3-4 - Expecting that #3 was placed low, I thought to compensate. I probably over-did it. I hit the gully below the end of it. That should have clued me in that I was left, but I kept my bearing. Since I was lower, counting the reentrants was problematic. I actually did turn up the correct spur, however I thought it looked less knoll-like, and more spurish. I hadn't gone far enough. I turned away to continue my bearing and got across the flattish area. I saw Florin Tencariu and then Dennis Doherty. We were all lost and hunting so we knew we were in the wrong place. Coming back, I got to the stream, found a depression near it, and relocated. I went straight to the control from there. I'd lost about 6 minutes!
4-5 - I spiked #5 going straight, but I was hesitant.
5-6 - I got to the stream and crossed it. Reading the end of the spur, I slowed down and saw Dennis Doherty again. He'd been looking for a while and said the control should be right there. I confirmed it and then pointed it out.
6-7 - Dennis Doherty was on Green too. We ran parallel straight routes with me to the right initially. At the road, I went around some green that Dennis went through, so I got ahead. Eventually, I saw others and that confirmed my bearing was probably good. This was confirmed again at the the manmade object on the ridge and the stream bends. I paused before getting to the next stream and reading the map I saw that the control should be on the other side--doh! Dennis passed me and then he paused. Though he was closer, I saw the control first and headed to it. Dennis got there a second ahead of me.
7-8 - Dennis headed straight into the green. I went around and got across the stream first. I never saw him again. I reached the road near the bend to the south, and followed that to the trail that goes SW too. I left the trail at a manmade object and ran on bearing. I pause once more on the ridge just before the control. Another guy had gotten there just ahead of me.
8-9 - I ran straight but could tell that I was drifting right. I cut back and saw the younger guy that I'd seen at #8. He was moving left and right. Nearing the spur, he moved left, so I got there first. I think he was on the Blue course.
9-10 - I went straight but at the creek, I saw it was too deep to mess with--my son Max crossed around here but he was running the Brown course. I took the trail along the creek to the bridge, then went up the hill on the trail. I left the trail at the bend but tried to contour across the next reentrant a little. I over compensated and ended up at the larger reentrant to the left of the control. Recognizing this, I continued and hit the control soon after.
10-11 - I went right of straight. Initially it was to save climbing the steeper parts of the first reentrant, but then I used the flatter ridge as a pointer to the control. I saw the knoll to the left and it seemed a little farther from the control than I'd expected. There were several depressions in the area. A woman was just leaving the control as I'd gotten there.
11-12 - I ran quickly, passing the woman but either my bearing was off to the right, or #11 had been placed on the wrong ditch. I had to cut left near the end, but I did see the control.
12-F - I didn't read the leg well so I crossed the little fence twice before running around the hill.
This was a decent run, spoiled a little by my error at #4. However, I take away that I was able to run and navigated well most of the time in an area which can be pretty difficult.