orienteering race 1:40:56  *** 6.6 km (15:18 / km)
15c shoes: Jalas hi-top O' shoes
Tucson - Ironwood. Spent 40 minutes on one really bad control, actually ran off of the map! Ugh! Otherwise, a pretty clean run. I wasn't the only one who had a bad control, but I probably took the longest to relocate & recover. bummer.
Lost another minute or so on cactus removal when a cholla attached itself to my calf.
Very subtle terrain; "you are in a maze of twisty little ditches, all alike". Many little dry washes, draining southwest across a gently sloping desert area, that rose about 15 meters per kilometer from southwest to northeast. Footing was gravelly and generally not too rough, but constant alertness was required to avoid the omnipresent prickly pear, cholla, and other thorny vegetation. There was enough mesquite and palo verde to make it hard to see contour features at any distance, although a line of green vegetation often indicated a deeper drainage.
Saw a small herd of deer and a rabbit or two, but no javelinas, coyotes or other desert denizens.