I rode up to the Harris Center with PG, quite a pleasant excursion. I was waffling between Brown and Green, and chose poorly. Brown was listed as 3.0K and Green as 4.9, but Green ended up taking me quite a long time, and it wasn't until after that I saw Brown had been on a 1:5000 map, which would have been great fun.
Map and route.
1. Started out with good discipline, not too fast, keeping a tight compass, headed for the S end of the marsh and read the land up and in.
2. Short leg, on compass, kept the hill on my left, could see the boulders.
3. Executed my plan, bearing right down the drainage and across the knoll to minimize the marsh crossing, then reading boulders and knolls up and in, seeing Peter at the control.
4. Plan was to get down to the stream and follow it, at least for a while. Hit it a little right of the corner, but then followed a bit and then crossed where there was a friendly looking log, up the right side, crossed smaller stream on another friendly log, up the hill and just beyond. Easy.
5. Another log to cross and around the left side of the big hill, across the reentrant, saw the big rocks and in on compass, looking for the dot knolls coming up. Couldn't guarantee it was on the right one, but I came right to it, so punch and go.
6. This is where the 1:5000 map would have been a help, as I couldn't figure out what was going on in the area of the circle. Crossed the stone wall, which might have been some help but I didn't see it on the map, then on compass, coming through apparently just left of the control, but no idea. Milled around quite a bit beyond, Came back and missed, then south to the stone wall, but not careful enough relocating and again just missed it. South to the wall again, relocated on the crescent shaped hlll beyond and then back and in. Just never go the hang of the area.
7. Tried to head SE, but seemed like deadfall kept pushing me south, kept trying to correct, but eventually hit the curving stone wall near the curve, crossed it twice and then got on a better compass line. Got in the area of #2 and thought I would find that again just to confirm, so I did. Kept pushing SE, through some big rocks, down the the trail and followed it to near the N tip of the big marsh and headed in N of the marsh. Glen came by at a pretty high rate of speed. Got on the wrong hill complex, and bent around to where I could see the EW stone wall I had already passed, which certainly felt dumb, but then it was an easy matter just to head south get on top of the hill and find it.
8. Headed W until I got on the long hill, then down to the SW, missing it on the right and hooking back a bit.
9. Another place where I couldn't make sense of what the circle was going to look like and made a number of parallel errors. Finally bailed out to the trail going EW 150 M or so N, but the trail didn't quite look like the map to me. Found what I thought wer the big roks NW of the sharp bend in the trial, although the sharp bend on the map didn't look at all like that on the ground. Anyway, careful coming back between big rock features and got it that time.
10. N, picking up a bit of the trial on the W side of the small marsh, crossing the next trail in a bunch of boulders and on compass, following the shape of the land. Used big boulders on my right as a distance gauge. No trouble.
11. Should have been easy, along the right side of the hilltop, then crossed over thinking I would pick up the trail for a bit, but crossed it without seeing it and when I found the trail going NW SE I assumed I was R of the junction when I was left, and so spent some time stumbling around on the wrong hill, tweaking my foot a bit and getting really tired.
12. Drifted right, tired, footsore, Eventually got close enough to the mowed grass to see I had to go a ways to the left.
F. Slow, glad to get back, even if it took a while.
Peter had, of course, been back for a really long time, had some nice visits with the various people who had showed up, all lost on me, since I had spent all that time stumbling around the course.
And then a very pleasant ride back to Peter's a nice visit with Gail and a chance to admire her very fine new bike and then home a bit later, tired.