Orienteering (Collecting controls) 2:40:23  10.63 km (15:05 / km)
What a weekend (part 2)
Armed with the correct key (thanks Paula for collecting), we gave ourselves the luxury of leaving an hour later than yesterday. The day's objective was to check the state of the access track and, based on this, make a call on whether to postpone next weekend's events or not. This would also decide whether we put the rest of the controls out or bring in the ones we put out yesterday.
The decision was made within the first 100m of driving along the track, it was far too wet and muddy to cope with up to 400 car movements in and out over 2 days. We managed to drive a little less than 1km in before stopping the car having learnt our lesson yesterday. Unfortunately this meant a 2km walk to the assembly area, pretty much every step confirming our decision to postpone the event.
We decided to split up to speed up control collecting. Within 50m of doing so I disturbed a large black snake, Cath was close enough to hear my exclamation, so we were both very careful after this. I had trouble finding my first control as I was approaching from a different diection to yesterday (lame excuse) but no other problems except for my back which was starting to suffer, especially as I collected more & more controls.
We were back at the car by 2.30 and out of the area 5 minutes later nursing even more mozzie bites but glad everything was done and a decision made. We stopped for fuel and a Magnum at Sutton Forest, just as I was getting out of the car my back went into total spasm, I needed to lie down but a servo isn't the place to find a flat, clean place, so back into the car and recline the seat to let the pain subside. I managed to shuffle into the shop for my Magnum but knew the rest of the journey home would be unpleasant. Little did I realise that my back would go into spasm every couple of minutes giving me excruciating pain and this would last all the way home! Once home I had to roll out of the car onto the pavement with spasms everytime I moved, and then gradullay get into a standing position and shuffle in doors and onto the bed to let the pain subside.
Moral; it's probably not ideal to spend 12 hours in a car over 2 days, walk longish distances carrying control stands and help dig out bogged cars if your back isn't too good beforehand (echoes of "I told you so")!
Once a new date has been set we have to go through the whole process again!