My results came back with another
mp. Which made me say "huh?" because I really really checked every single control to make sure that my clue sheet and the control matched.
Except.... as it turns out, at the water stop. (thanks, maprunner, for pointing out there were two water stops near each other.) Then it all came back to me. My thoughts at the water stop were:
"Punch first, then drink"
"don't drink out of the water jug." (not that I do, but I also think "don't shoplift" when there's cameras in a store and I don't shoplift either and after all the talk on AP about drinking for water jugs, I already felt guilty for something I wasn't planning on doing.)
then "good thing I'm not planning on drinking from the water jug, I could get everyone sick with my cold"
then "wow, I'm only the second cup here... that's cool, I must be doing okay" (I was in the third start group, but this was the fifth control).
But what I never thought.... was CHECK the control code. So that's the one I mispunched.
Rest of course:
2 easy enough which was nice for an early night control
3 I recall hitting that one okay, although looking at it now it looks a wee bit lucky
4 ran for the big road, which seemed a really really long way away, then just went around the dark green, into the re-entrant and no problem. I think I also so Mike Carlson coming out around there.
5 okay, bad me
6 got a little distracted on the trail to six..... but ended up back on track soon enough and found it without too much trouble and by then there seemed to be a pack of red runners and green runners around (most of this course was blissfully and a bit worrisomely dark and lonely)
7-8-9 just pay attention
10 not a problem
11 was horrendous. I didn't go far enough to 11 or high enough, then wandered around in circles, debating whether to go back to 10 back and forth, back and forth, back and forth and eventually cheated a little and saw where someone else went and said SHOOT I should have pace counted I was on the right track. Hated my orienteering self a bit here.
12 Crossed road, took path to near trail bend and cut in to the control
13 Wandered around for quite a while, I think a couple of gullies too early. Saw Ian Smith (I think?) whip by on the lower path, and thought maybe I'd follow him for a bit (I know, this makes no sense) and then looked up the gully to the left and saw the control.
14 was a little low, then went up high and saw a rat's nest of people who just also found the punch and went to join them
15 took the trail, mostly, just wanting to be done without another boom
and really really had a good time. Great course, not too impossibly hard for a Night-O and still lots of terrain to cover. Not really sure of my time.
I should have gps track and I'll add that and map later this week.
HA> just ran across this photo on OCINs site, and I think it proves that YES, I do typically check control codes. Although this was from NAOC middle I think.