Orienteering - Street Sydney (#06 Woolwichj) 44:46  5.97 km (7:30 / km)
A very bad navigation day today! Probably worst ever.
I had to pick up a bookcase at West Ryde on the way.
When I stopped there he remembered me and asked "where are you Orienteering today?"
"Woolwich" I replied.
"But I haven't even looked where it is or entered it in my GPS" I added.
I then proceeded to the car and got the list of 26 events out ... typed in a street address for South Turramurra and blindly followed the car instructions.
As I got closer I thought "geez this looks familiar" only to pull up at last weeks starting park area.
So I had read the wrong line on the list and not knowing Sydney driven to last weeks event.
This added 40 minutes to my trip (after another detour as was down to the last 20 km of fuel in tank) so by the time I got to the correct location it was 6:10 pm and by the time I got to the start it was 6:25 pm so I was running close to event closure time.
My navigation didn't improve much on the course with 6 controls packed into an area of bush approximately 200 m x 300 m with lots of little twisting paths (barely two footprints wide) where I got turned around and ended up not finding the controls in order. I was 15 minutes in before I cleared these controls so elected to try and remain on streets for remainder of course but I had to cut my planned route back severely and probably ended up with my lowest percentage score of any event to date.
Sydney courses are proving to be much more scenic than Newcastle (running past mega mansions and waterfront properties with views of the Sydney Harbor Bridge) but the repeated bush excursions each week make it more challenging than running on the street.