Orienteering (time discounted) 1:45:00  ***
shoes: Salomon XA Pros - light blue
If you go out in the woods today, you're in for a big surprise...!
I went to Albion Hills to hang flags for tomorrow night's adventure run training with the Caledon Navigators. The first control site I visited was in a logged area, and I ended up coated from head to toe with those little round burrs - can't remember their name right now, but ARGGH. So I scouted a different control location.
On my way to the next control, I did a double take when I realized that the trail up ahead was blocked by a... cube van with living room furniture in the back. Huh??? Then I saw a whole row of trucks, vans and cones, and realized that they were making a movie again - but this time, they were well into the woods. For the next 10 minutes as I ran along double track, I would be passed by vans, trucks and cars just driving through the conservation area at close to regular traffic speed - yikes. I feel sorry for any mountain bikers who came around the corners too fast. For locals, the south edge of the new Albion car rally circuit is the beach parking lot, and it extends into the area north and east of there and continues almost to that little downhill connector trail with the concrete/rock steps that takes you down near the main road.
Having survived that, I loved every minute of navigating to the next controls. What a ridiculously perfect autumn day! Then it was time to place a control near the hilltop east of the donation forest. I saw the body of a man stretched out on a tarp with his head covered with something white and his arms crossed on his chest. It was 2 p.m. - a strange time to be sleeping in bright sunshine - but he was wearing a big shiny watch, which I thought might have been removed if he had met with foul play. It was really hard to tell if he was OK, but I sure as heck wasn't going to find out for myself. I was about 20 m away and decided to back away slowly, hightail it for the road and report it to park staff. Oh yeah, and I moved our last control a lot closer to the finish line - don't want anyone running into that guy in the dark tomorrow!
As I was approaching my car, I met a man with a dog. I told him about the movie vehicles on the trails, and the subject of the strange man came up. His ears perked up. Turns out he's Terry Fast from the Caledon Police Advisory Committee, and about 18 months ago, they had a guy who was coming to Albion Hills in broad daylight and lying down across the trails. He would cover his head and cross his arms on his chest, and he wouldn't respond if you spoke to him or even if a dog licked his face. Terry wasn't sure if they'd ever caught the man in the act, but it sounds like he may be back.
So... if you go out in the woods today... :-)