Brown X course at Love the Lakes. No track, as I was not thinking clearly enough this morning to remember the GPS watch. Beautiful day, pretty clean, although I was having a bit of trouble reading the map because of glare. Slow to #1, on compass, thinking I was seeing a bit of a ditch, looking for but not seeing the trail, and then there was a pile of stones, and a flag. Good. On compass to 2, reading the hill and the rootstocks, over the crest, another rootstock, should be just to the right, and there was Lou P crawling out of the pit. Excellent. 3, 4 on compass and reading the hill and the cliffs without incident. Angled out to the road toward 5 - extra distance and an easy attack versus climb. Stayed on the road to a little past the water stop. Just low coming in, but saw the rocks and spiked it. Over the top on compass to 6, a little right to get through some easier spots, then once I was across on compass until I saw it about 40 M or so in front of me. Right around the pond to pick up the road to go to 7, a bit longer, but easy running and finding from the road. Except first real error. The stream-bed was a bit subtle and came sooner than I was expecting it, so I ran about ten steps past, saw the stone wall coming up and hooked back. Maybe about 25 seconds lost. Back out the way I came and road all the way around to 8, attacking from the bend. Stopped and checked #10 on the way for future reference. 8-9, straight E to the big trail and around, seeing the boulder and the flag from the trail, then checking the code and being confused for a few seconds because I was looking at the code for 11 on the clue sheet. Oops. On compass to 10, didn't see it until I got there because it was behind a tree. 11 was the only clunker, losing at least 1:30. Ran on compass and hit the boulder just S, but didn't see the control boulder, and didn't see a trail anywhere. Stood there for a while, looked at the little bridge, wandered for a while looking for a trail, finally saw some orange markers and followed them back to the same spot, found it. Frustrating! Then across the bridge, up and over, not fast to 12, seeing the reentrant opening up and trusting it would be right there, as it was, up through the yurts to 13, end of the wall. A good run, first on Brown X. Pretty fine! Visited a bit with friends, and then hit the road to get back for the hijinks at home.
Map and route.