Gilbert Lake State Park / CNYO meet organized by Barb and Mark D. aided by Pete D. Map at 1:10000.
Started off well to 1-4, esp keeping track on the somewhat bland trek from 3-4. Overshot 5 when I angled off the trail not knowing exactly where I was but correcting when I hit marshy area west of control. Trail to 6, trail to 7, good map reading to 8 and 9.
Again on 10, took off from trail not knowing exactly where I was and didn't go far enough, but this time I (more) quickly went back out to the trail to relocate. Encountered a couple walking 4 dogs, most (all?) not leashed, one of whom came up to me and barked, so I picked up a stick. Owner was yelling to the dog and it eventually obeyed, but it slowed me down. I was more mad than anything, though, and found the stone wall and tree next to it.
Not liking the looks of vertical green lines on map between trail and swamp, I bailed back to the trail to go around (good plan, as I found out; the vertical green bit back), running through a clearing on the way to the next control. Guess who's in the clearing -- the couple and their dogs. Now 2 dogs are leashed (including the one who'd approached me before), but a different one comes over and wants to jump up on me. Grrrr! (I yelled to them -- "those dogs should be leashed!") I know better than to run by unleashed dogs, but I didn't like the fact that I had to slow down there for their carelessness.
I didn't get my 25-30 seconds of delays taken off the time, but no matter. :-) Glen was attempting to finish this course plus the middle-length course (they offer a beginner, intermediate, and advanced, with the option to combine the 2 longer ones for a extra-long) beating my time on the long. He did that by over a minute. If I hadn't had my errors at 5 and 10, though, I would have been back in slightly less time. Anyway, a good course on a hard-to-use map.
Course with my track: