Road trip with Julia and Phil heading south in search of bare ground, successfully found at Hurd SP in Connecticut, coincidentally site of the 4th of the WCOC/HVO winter series. Not a bit of snow or ice to be seen there, the sun was out, and the temperature was a balmy 35F. By the time we got there it had already been a fine outing, and we hadn't even done any O' yet.
That was to come. We all planned to do the same course, the middle of the three on offer, a Green, 4.8 km, set up by George and Lyn, so there was clearly something at stake, certainly the possibility of a scalp. Only one possible scalp though, Julia being the only person with good enough credentials to be a scalpee.
So we did the course, nicely staggered starts so we were all on our own. All got around without any serious problems, all pretty close in time, me getting a scalp by a narrow margin. At some point Julia will figure our O' in New England forests, and she'll no longer be going places she's never been but Phil and I have many times, and then that will be the end of scalps. But until then.... :-)
As for my run. navigation gets an A+ again, no mistakes. Physically also an A+, though one might question that. But no falls or even stumbles. And as far as how fast I was moving, well, the question is not how fast compared to what I used to do, or how fast compared to what I might maybe be able to do in the future, but what is possible right now. Yup, A+ it is. Doesn't mean I did feel pretty tired out there most of the time. But that's they way O' has always felt....
Only place I would give myself a lower grade, though I'm not sure what grade is appropriate, is for the 30 seconds or so I spent looking for my glasses after a branch had flicked them off on the way to #14. Seems like I should get a really bad grade for losing them, but a pretty good grade for finding them before too long.
A really fun outing in all respects. So nice to have Julia in the valley (and not doing track so she can go orienteering).SplitsRoute gadget