Brown X, day 2. Not as good as yesterday, but still a reasonable time, and held on for first on the day, but this time only by about half a minute over walk. Not very proud of myself for taking the road around to 2 - too far and too much climb. I would have been happier to climb the not so very big hill, I think. Once I got to the power line, I lost interest in the road and went up the very steep power line, but easy from there. 3 was easy enough, trying to stay out of the green. 4 was also easy, using the stonewall corner as a guide, and then going through the little slot that led right into it. Drifted wide right on the way to 5, but hit near the intermittent stream and followed it up and in. Angled to the road to 6, past the water stop and went in on compass from the bend. I seem to have stopped short, checking out a lot of things that sure looked like hills, probably losing a minute or so before seeing a hill with a rootstock, and then the second hill with the rootstock. Then tried to go on compass to 7, but drifted well right, bouncing off the stone wall and scratching my head a bit before heading south and hitting it. I suspect about 1:15 lost there, but maybe more. Then a clunker going to 8, too, again drifting right, misreading the situation and thinking it was going to be up closer to the road and climbing way too much before turning and seeing it behind me and to the left. Another 1 minute or so. Then settled down for 9, taking the road across the dam and hopping the fence, straight in, could see first the hill and then the control well before I got there, and hustling in as fast as I could. Map and Route
A little visiting, and then back in time for lunch with the group at home, before J&J headed back to the city.
I was lucky to have a particularly friendly and accommodating start crew. I got to the start only to find my contact lens acting up. It was coming on and off my eye, so I couldn't count on seeing the map. I hustled back to the start and swapped for glasses, got a new start time in short order and on my way. Now that I am home, my eye is pretty sore and feeling abraded.