Hobbs State Park, Rogers AR, long advanced course
Mike and I drove down to Joplin last night, then got up and drove the last 1.5 hours to the park this morning. It was cold to start, but sunny and warming up.
I worked registration and beginner's briefings, then climbed the big hill to the start. I wasn't sure how I would feel physically today after getting over my cold, so I thought I would walk most for the course, and maybe cut it short. But once I got in to the open woods it was hard not to try to run. Especially on the flat areas. I rarely get to run in such open woods, so it was lots of fun.
The footing was bit tough, especially contouring, since the ground had lots of small loose rocks hidden under the leaves.
In the end, I felt pretty good physically, but my brain had lots of small lapses. The marker was hung too low at 7, I had a near miss on 8 and 13 (too many leaves on the trees, hard to see distances) and didn't read the clue at 11 (at first).
Tom set a very nice course and I really enjoyed my time out there. Saw JJ when he ran past me on the way to 13, but otherwise I was alone. We had good attendance from some people nearby (Fayetteville, Rogers, Joplin) as well as many PTOCers and OKers who came down.
Afterwards, JJ, Nancy, Mike and I had a nice lunch and then we did the long drive home. Poor Mike twisted his ankle before the 2nd control, but thankfully it's not too bad and better yet, he was able to help drive home. We listened to 2 episodes of "Dolly Parton's America" podcast which I recommend.