Possum Trot II, north half
Back to SMP for the North half Possum. I debated waiting a day to give my legs a break, but I had planned this so decided to stick with the plan. Once again, my goal was to be 15 min/k.
Lots more people in the park today. It was a bit cooler than yesterday, and I wish I had worn gloves at the start. But I warmed up soon enough.
Control 2 was a repeat from yesterday. I had found a deer trail when I left the control yesterday, so I happily went back that way today. Much easier! I kept my eyes open for deer trails both days; they were often very helpful to get through either the crappy woods or the tall grass.
The "yellow" areas are all tall grass (knee to waist high). Fortunately, they often mowed the grass along the edges of the woods, so that helped. Also, there are some areas that were burned, which was very nice of them to help me out :)
3-4-5 were a slog because of the crappy vegetation. Global warming has not been kind to this park. I doubt we could hold a national event here again. Here are some photos I took today that demonstrate the vegetation:
I stopped after 6 to remove a thorn from my foot. I took a header on the road to 9, right in front of a woman walking her dog. And then right on cue, about 1:10, I had a brain fart and couldn't figure out which trail I wanted and which direction they were going. Doh!
I thought my route choice to 9 would be fast because I could take big trails the whole way. Then I lost time on the trail junction mess, and I lost more time looking in one reentrant too soon. The body and brain were getting tired. It's even worse because 9 was on yesterday's course, too.
I thought 11 would be easy, it was also a repeat from yesterday. But the yellow trails are not yellow, they are overgrown. Most are the same as mapped, but others are gone or new ones have popped up. Total brain dead moments of wandering around without a clue of where I was. I was really glad to hear the UsynligO ring tone, before I even saw the tape.
Didn't quite finish under 15 min/k, but that's OK. I subtracted 1:30 from my time, from when I stopped to take pictures.