Event (NOY 2 - Blue Gum Hills) 1:22:56  4.5 km (18:26 / km)
Was hoping this would be recompense for missing out on my Hard Medium - and it was. If I could compare it with making a meal - 3 course full presentation meal would have been Hard Medium but this was supposed to be scrambled eggs on toast Moderate Long. But I managed to boost it up to quite challenging.
S-1 - bearing but was wayward apparently - Got to fence but bend wasn't in sight; opted to go N but the control was South. Bearing sloppy, apparently.
1-2 Bearing to track, bearing to w/c this time too far W. GAH - it's Goldilocks again.
2-3 Track, track, bearing - spike. That's better.
3-4 bearing - good
4-5 big horror story. Bearing to track, look for track junction nearby - missed it, though admittedly it was a VERY minor track. Saw some streamers and thought they might help (pink) but led straight to lantana and no sign of the crossing. Back to track and go junction (S), continue and cross w/c but track too major for that sort of map representation then the compass decided to tell me the same, ie going wrong way. Considered DNF at this stage. Back to main track and along to N, noting the orange tapes but lead nowhere - possibly faded pink too.Get to another track junction and decide I know where I am, too far N. Back again S in first direction and note minor track and then see w/c and some slightly trodden grass with red and white stripe tape leading to the designated w/c crossing ie saving us from lantana death. Across, find pit easily. GAH lost 21 mins.
5-6 bearing to w/c - spike. Feeling it is more like a Moderate course now.
6-7bearing to major track - spike
7-8 tentatively around "clearing" - shoulder high grass and treacherous hidden dips with water.
8-9 through gap in lantana then slightly N to w/c then up - that was the plan which I executed very well, except I got to the next w/c and did all of that. No control so went S and found the correct one.
9-10 bearing, picked up head of w/c and followed it down - pleased with this leg.
10-11 getting a bit worried about time and hoped I didn't stuff up any more. But 10-F was directly back so was going to pick up controls anyway rather than DNFing.
10-11 out to track and joined major track cutting around the long row of big concrete blocks - as a kid they would have been fun to walk along the top of!!!. In off track to depression - estimated along the straight track very well.
11-12 bearing and pleased to see that boulder cluster.
12-F Just get in.
Honestly it was a very testing course and well/interestingly set. BUT it also was quite challenging Moderate standard course and there were unsurprisingly a couple of common legs with Hard Short. That terrain is easier than Brokenback Slopes from last time - but still I'll sleep well tonight.
Pairs event next. On Admin again.