unofficial Ozark Nav Challenge w Erl and T. we helped Andrei get the 12-hour racers started and then took off about 8am with the intent of a 6 hour trek. i was navving and we had Tess with so we kept the pace EZ. i have been navving well lately but a mistake out at CBL can be hard to relocate. so just didn't make mistakes :)
super fun trip up Johnson Mtn, beautiful at the overlook (no CP there just a scenic detour). there was water in most of the creeks so we kept T wet plus she was drinking from our bladders a lot. also i chose routes to bring us close to water when possible. like from 32 to 24 we just tramped in the creek instead of over a spur. it was a really beautiful little creek so a fun route choice!
probably the biggest error on my part was a parallel error on way to 53 but i knew it could happen and when the spur we were on bent, we bashed our way over the the next one and BAM...CP. we were on pace for a 6hr return but the veg around 53 was miserable and slowed us way down.
but anyway a super fun day in the woods, T was so well behaved and enthusiastic and so fun to have her along. Erl helped me a lot w keeping focused on nav, ignoring unmapped roads, and staying on bearing. also it helped me to say our routes out loud to him, so we could both watch for features and check them off.
so even though we were a bit late back, still time to run in to town to get pizza for the racers and then cheer them all in. great job Andrei and Mike for organizing, we all had fun!