Walking warm up/down 15:00  1.3 km (11:32 / km) +55m 9:31 / km
shoes: Jala Jukola Spider 6 #2
Warm up walk/jog to the start. Blackflies were in attendance again, but if you had room to move around a little and kept moving they weren't too bad.
Orienteering race (long) 49:51  *** 3.2 km (15:35 / km) +80m 13:51 / km
spiked:7/8c shoes: Jala Jukola Spider 6 #2
"Long" course 4 (= brown level). Perhaps a little short, but the woods were thick in places, though the course gave white-woods options for a large part. Where it was light green, there were lots and lots of maple saplings and they had started to leaf out so visibility was down in those areas. I was happy with my time and kinda glad I didn't do course 5 (W45-54) because of the long drive home afterwards. 1st (of 2) in W55, about 10 minutes ahead of Ilona D. of Canada. Third fastest on course, behind 2 M65's (7 and ~3 minutes behind them). Small bobble at 5 where I expected to see a wide reentrant between two rocky hills but due to visibility didn't see the second hill so climbed a contour up the first one only to go back down again (to the saddle between the hills), maybe a minute to 1:30 lost.
AOWN notes from the weekend:
Saw an unusual bird near the parking area at Gatineau Park, with bright yellow head, black body and some white markings on wings. A review of Google suggests a yellow-headed blackbird, though they're more common in western Canada than in Quebec. Since it was perched on a fencepost near a field, it suggests the blackbird habitat, and I couldn't find anything else that looked close.
Driving through way-northern New York between the Cornwall border crossing and Plattsburgh, we saw a farm that had funny-looking deer, most likely reindeer. :-) And a wind farm that appears to be brand new (saw headlines in a local paper about it just starting up), with a couple dozen towers.
Finally, on the drive home down the Northway, we saw what I at first thought was a fox but Glen said was a coyote (longer legs than a fox), hunting along the side of the road, probably only about 15-20 feet from the travel lane (mouse, rabbit or baby groundhog, anyone?).