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  Orienteering1 4:00:00 0.62(6:26:15) 1.0(4:00:00) 2010c
  Total1 4:00:00 0.62(6:26:15) 1.0(4:00:00) 2010c

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Sunday Jun 30, 2019 #

Orienteering (coach-surfing) 4:00:00 [0] * 1.0 km (4:00:00 / km) +20m 3:38:11 / km

Set 10 controls in Arsenal Park in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. One of the controls was set next to a pre-Civil War cannon, and a custom graphical icon was made to show up on Purple Pen when creating symbolic clues.

Set up a folding table and chair on the corner of 39th St at Butler St, and waited for the hordes of people that wanted desperately to try out orienteering. Sadly, I only had 20 color maps printed.

About 5000 cyclists/pedestrians/rollerbladers passed in front of me. Sadly, I did not have free food or drinks or pastries to hand out. Nor I had ghetto-blasters billowing out gargantuan sound waves in the tune of James Brown. Then, all of a sudden, someone came straight to my table, saying they wanted to do this thing called "orienteering". Apparently they knew in advance what it was all about, as they read it on the online event webpage "Meetup", where a series of events were created in "Pittsburgh Hiking", "Pittsburgh Adventure Group", "Amazing Pittsburgh" "Free and Almost Free Pittsburgh".

Now, I must confess, the hand-written signage did not spell out the word "O-R-I-E-N-T-E-E-R-I-N-G", but rather the more average-folk-friendly "Scavenger Hunt". And it seemed to have worked in some way, as one young cyclist saw it while zipping by, hit the brakes, and after a brief dialogue, he dismounted and locked his bike and went for the navigational challenge. I have a feeling we will see him again in regular meets.

After 3 hours of quasi-lonely table-manning presence while thousands were enjoying the event, got some relief when Naomi Jarvis stopped by, still with her Alpina rollerskis on her feet, and offered to be present at the table, so I could jump on my bicycle and get some breeze riding the event. And so I did.

It was a hot day. Somehow my legs were really tired and quasi-crampy. I don't think I drank enough water before running the NEOOC event yesterday. Still recovering from yesterday, it feels like it.

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