At hour 7h20m, was at control 50 at the most distant location from finish. No way I could make it back. Called Rogainer Limo LLC and got picked up and automobile-driven to the finish in style. Next time, gonna do like James Bond 007, takes off his outdoors clothing to reveal an undergarment, a T-U-X-E-D-O
(2:15), get into the limo and drink a dry martini shaken not stirred, and dropped to the finish.
34.60 km in 7h30m
hour 1: 4.7 km
hour 2: 5.3 km
hour 3: 4.2 km
hour 4: 4.0 km
hour 5: 4.5 km (sidewalks, roads, trails)
hour 6: 3.1 km (horrible thorns, and tree log jammed creeks)
hour 7: 5.1 km (lots of easy trails)
last half hour, at an hourly rate of 7.0 km/hr, mostly because of a long downhill paved road stretch
Was at Peninsula at half-time mark (4:00) and from past two years experience, it was ok to be there at that time and go counter-clockwise with a long run in the dark on the paved road from the corn maze back to Camp Manatoc. Not this time. Apparently I just lost an amazing amount of time finding controls in the western map, or maybe my body is not the same as in the past few years and maybe I should just revert to bird watching or recreational mushroom hunting. But I had alot of fun. Shout-out to Brenda from Michigan, that I just naturally paired with as we ended up going on the same route at the same pace for many many hours.
btw: want to make a 30-second TV commercial advertisement for a metaphorical company named "A1 Limo" or "Rogaining Limo", in which, an exhausted rogainer, finding himself at the most distant control from the finish, and with only 40 minutes of time left, calls in a limo and say "meet me at the Corn Maze in 20 minutes." At the corn maze lot, limo appears, rogainer removes the muddied and thorned-up shirt, to reveal an undergarment that is a tuxedo
(2:15). Rogainer walks to the limo, the limo driver is holding the limo door open, and rogainer, before stepping in, says to the TV camera, "You wanna finish your rogaining in style. YOU deserve it", pointing the index finger and arm towards the camera.
THE MISTAKE: at around control 74, we traversed the slope looking for the ditch, and we never saw it or recognized it.
Going from 64 to 72 had some horrible thorny bushes, that made it impossible to continue unless you wanted to have bloody scratches on your arms and legs. Retreated.
Near control 73, saw a big open land area that is not indicated as such on the map. Now that I can see it via Google Maps, it looks like it was a small lake now drained.
The tradition of going for a beer after the event at the Winking Lizard Tavern in Peninsula continues !!
I did finish with two minutes to spare, one way or another !! assist by course setter randomly encountered at control 50, and then his vehicle, a Toyota, to the corn maze, and then, another vehicle, a Subaru, from the corn maze to the finish on the long stretch of paved road. Next time, have a dry martini, shaken not stirred, with a little green olive, ready for me.