NEOC BYOM Brown course at Earl's Trails in Northampton, 3.6 km with 180m of climb, set by Phil B (thanks!), with flags, even! I might have tried the Green, even after my unfinished course at Moreau yesterday, except that had even more climb, so Brown it was.
Warmer and more humid today than yesterday; low 80s when we started and upper 80s by the time we departed. I wisely used a bug repellent with DEET today, though the mosquitoes didn't seem quite so bad. While there were a number of cars in the parking lot, and we saw a number of bikes there too, I didn't see anyone but Glen on any of the trails I was on until near the end.
Started off heading for #7 and got there but noticed it wasn't the code I was looking for (193 instead of 181) and realized what I had done...d'oh!! Found #1 okay once I was on the right track.
Then the 12-contour slog up the hill to #2 (195), which was an easy approach once I finally finished the climb. I think I saw Glen headed away (it was his #4 and he'd started a minute ahead of me)...at least, I saw a white shirt and who else would have been near the boulder? Saw him again at 3 (186), then he was out of sight.
Managed okay for the rest of the course, though when I popped over the hill to #3 I didn't hit the right reentrant on the far side and had to skirt around the rocky ground to reach the flag. Of course, at the end I'd already been to the last control so it was easy to recognize as I approached, though I didn't exit it to the trail I expected to, reaching the lower one and having to climb to the start/finish trail junction. 16 oz of half-strength Vitalyte rejuvenated me after I got back to the car.
There were times where I was expecting trails but did not see them in the terrain, but it was easy enough to read the terrain to get me where I needed to be.
AOWN notes for today: On my correction between 7 and I I saw a pink lady slipper; between 3 and 4 I avoided stepping on a garter snake, and on the trail to 6 a toad hopped across in front of me.
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