34th BG at Moreau Lake SP. I’d give it an A-; went to every control w/o really any hitches. Early on the usual following but by end of first leg, there were only 5-6 of us in common view. Probably the hardest/longest first BG leg - maybe most climb, too. There was a couple from Canada, Jim A, Phil B, Jeff & Hilary, Jeff Schapiro, too for early company. The Canadian couple (he anyway) was quite accurate & helpful. First saw Jeff & Hil at 4 - by 11, I could not keep up with that group. At 12, it was Phil, myself and a Janet Findley fm Lake Placid. I was skipping 12, so Phil parted ways. Led Janet to all controls but she parted way halfway to 19. I like the 18 skip - it was a drag of a climb. Broke BP compass halfway to 19 in a fall. Still gave me direction. Not so important by then anyway. Once determined I’d make a spare compass part of the start kit.... 21-26 was just about care. Cramps at 23 but “willed” them away...too “expensive”!
Was generally on my own from halfway to 11 all the way to 23 which can’t help with optimizing time.
Was a bit worried at download...what had I failed to do...? Fair amount of crossing etc but did everything correctly. Nice, tough course. Amazing forest/map. Lots of walking wounded after. Nice to see Steve Tarry. Also Fred Pilon going way back, Bill Jameson, too. Excellent production by EMPO!
Drive to Williamstown after. Passed thru charming Greenwich and Cambridge, NY as well as Hoosick Falls and (Old) Bennington. Spring green was the dominant theme. Spent some time on the Williams campus, fed dogs on Weston Field, had dinner at a nice pub/restaurant on Water Street. Set up a tent with Beth at the end of Hopper road near a barn full of mooing cows. “The lowing herd winds slowly o’er the lea and leaves the world to darkness and to me” came to mind. A lovely twilight, first “star”, rims of hills, peepers. 28F this am but prepared...
34, no misses
Fine spring day at Moreau