orienteering 1:58:00  4.6 mi (25:39 / mi)
I told Phil yesterday that I'd be happy to pick up some more controls, so yesterday evening he sent me a map with 9 controls on it. I proposed he add a few more that I could do if the spirit moved me, and the map got 4 more points added, no controls there, they had been picked up, but the water stops there had to be cleaned up.
Headed out a little before 7 this morning. Overcast, chilly, a little rain. Perfectly fine in other words. Worked my way from Lake Bray SW along the lower slopes picking up the first 6, then over in the direction of the ski area where the first of the water stops was.
Except it wasn't. The spot, a little dot knoll, looked as clean and tidy as could be. Did one circle just to be sure I was where I thought I was, and then moved on.
It seemed to me that just because one of the four had actually been cleaned up, that didn't necessarily mean that all 4 had been cleaned up. Because may Greg had been strong enough to carry all the controls plus one set of bottles and cups, but maybe not all four.
Went to water stop #2. Clean as could be.
Interesting. Was I pissed to be on what was seeming to be a fool's errand? Not at all. I looked at it as a choice where I was clearly getting the better option -- the choice being do you want to pick up the mess and carry it all the way back to the car, or would you rather not? See, pretty easy what the preferred option was.
On to water stop #3. Greg is a strong young man. :-)
On to water stop #4. I'm bracing myself for all the stuff from all four stops being here, maybe Greg figured he could collect it all in one place, make it easier for someone to come and pick stuff up. Nope, nothing here either. :-)
I headed back in the direction of my car, NE along the I-91 ridge. Collected the last three controls. Then back to the car, look, there's another control. Picked it up too. Then figured I might as well see if the model controls were still out, they were, so I grabbed three of them.
Which made me feel much better about things, because I'd been sent out to fetch things from 13 control sites, and now in fact I had things from 13 control sites, just not quite what was expected.
And, yes, Greg is a strong young man.