Adventure race race (XTrail) 24:00:00 
Started on the next trek in the early hours of the morning and we were back down at lake level around 1400m and the next CP was at 2500m so it was a climb up and up and up a rather uninspiring track to the highest point of the race. Both the others faded on this leg and I was left to lead from the front so led us in the wrong direction a couple of times, including missing a rather innocuous track junction of the lake road (I thought it was a driveway) then decided to go on an unmapped track further up the hill before the one we wanted and went around 100m along that before realising it was not right based on the contours around us that I could somehow make out in the dark.
Got to CP 11 in the light and that was cold then headed off for the next one. Didn't see any other teams in the process until we got near it and found Thor's team again, who'd wandered off course a bit (as we did also because the maps were shit but not as far off course as one other team I heard about that thought the unmapped track they were on was the mapped one that in the end didn't exist) and we got CP 12 together. Followed that with a long valley descent that contained more tourists and horses than recognisable features before we got near to CP 13 and completely fucked that up, losing Melody in the process and causing the first shouting match of the race between Trev and Melody. It was my complete failure at reading contours that cost us the first bit of time, then losing Melody that completed the disaster and cost us 1.5hrs in the process.
Pressed on to the village of Hemu with a Real Sprint Map (draw to ISOM) for the tour about town that I nailed, the only thing I did get right all event. Did the noodle making challenge, which had replaced the previous yurt building challenge, and had time to sit out our 2hr mandatory stop so slept for a bit. At least I think I slept because I laid there for a while not really sleeping and looked at my watch and suddenly it was an hour later. Some teams got penalised here for leaving just a few seconds short of the 2hr mark, think the penalty was double the time you were short +2hrs so it was worth it to get it right. Short walk to the next TA with Julie joining us for that bit.
That ended most of the trekking and there were no more paddles so it was almost entirely on bikes from now on. This was where I realised just how slow some of our team was at transitions, despite one of them professing to being a former triathlete and having fast transitions. Took us 1hr 5mins for a trek to bike and I was waiting around doing nothing for a good 20mins of that, even though I had the added difficulty of organising the map board. This was made worse by the ride up the bitumen hill for the start of that leg for about 1.5km and Trev getting a flat tyre, asking if we'd each brought our spare tubes with Melody saying that no she hadn't so Trev sent me back to get it from her bike box so had to ride the hill twice, thanks for that. I got my lambasting from Trev shortly afterwards when I rode up a hill without them since I didn't realise Mel got a mechanical and they both stopped, after which time I passed a junction so given they hadn't seen which way I went (I had thought they were right behind me), they sat around and waited whilst I sat around at the top of the hill and also waited for a while before going back and then getting yelled at. Nice team harmony we have going here! Turns out there are only two ways to do things when racing with Trev - Trev's way and the wrong way.
The WA team and one of the Chinese teams caught us here at the first hike-a-bike (dunno why they're so prevalent in ARs because they're total shit) and I decided to stop miles short of the control because the contours looked wrong but then they got better and we found it. The downhill on the other side was semi-fun on the goat trail, then we had to cross a couple of rivers without the aid of tracks and I put my faith in Dave because I seriously had no clue where to go and didn't want to be out there all night lost, more so given it was now raining. We got through to the next CP and found a hut to camp in because Mel wasn't going to make it. Holed up here with four other teams and some people slept although I didn't because there were three people (including Trev) snoring and I cannot sleep through that. The WA team took off first before it got light or stopped raining but Trev was having none of that so it was after 8am before we eventually got going.
Next section was all on an actual track with CPs to collect on the way but no route choice at all and Mel and I spent most of that time watching Trev disappear off into the distance on the rocky descents, which is ironic given he'd yelled at me earlier for disappearing and Mel did crash on one of the descents when he was nowhere in sight. After that long, rocky descent (in which my map board decided to not remain level) was a long, muddy climb in which our bikes got covered in filth and we lost heaps of time waiting for Mel (who was now thoroughly sick with a chest infection) to fix her bike on multiple occasions and/or change in and out of gear. Trev tried towing her but she mustn't have liked that because she succeeded in breaking the tow rope and we had no spare. Got through to the TA and ropes section after a long, long time.