Red Top Meet - March 25
Jeff wrote: Thanks to those that did the "leg work" to
put together today's o
Like the previous meets that I've been to... first visit to this
Thanks also to those that replied back to my message about
coloring- up. I decided to chicken out and do yellow today. Did
it in just under 2 hours... would of been a bit faster if I
didn't do some dumb mistakes and "trust the map" (starting to
sound like a broken record).
2-3: Instead of taking the up and over route, I went back to
the main road and then followed that to the creek area. I wanted
to limit the number of times that I had to go "3 miles up, 3
5-6: Looking at the map now, I realize that I made a poor
route decision. I followed the trail to the cleaning... instead
of just heading to the creek. In addition, when I made it to the
area, I started looking in the wrong creek!
9: The "fence". Went right past it... started looking around,
knowing that I was in the right spot (cemetary in front of me,
clearing to the right). I turn around and there it was... I
swear it was sticking its tongue out at me.
Still had fun...Jeff
Bill Farrell wrote: Thanks Mike and all... another
perfect day of GAOC orienteering.
Red Top is one of our favorite parks... and all those smiling
faces proved it.
Mike did an outstanding job with the courses and we were all
buzzing about our mistakes. I still don't understand how Mike
planned my course so that I would cross every fallen tree in the
park. I just knew everyone else on my course were picking faster
routes -- and I was right!
Next time... May 8th... Island Ford... a new map increases the
area about a third. See you there. Bill.
Robin Shannonhouse wrote: Thanks to Mike & crew for a
wonderful day at Red Top Mtn. Great course, terrific friends,
beautiful weather, can't beat it!
Thanks also to Laurie for keeping me company as I limped around
the Orange course. I'm afraid my slow progress bored her a bit,
but I did enjoy it very much.
It's great also to see all the high schoolers having such a good
time, even when they are sure the controls they're looking for
Their energy overwhelms me...
Bob Domine wrote: Thanks for putting on a great meet
at Red Top. From the looks of the results, you spurred some
great competition. Sorry I did not make it in time to run a
It was a great day and I enjoyed the taste of the courses with
the control pickup.
It was good to see Mal Harding and wow, he is another fast one
Thanks too to all who helped!
Pickett's Mill Meet - March 14
Bill Farrell wrote: Thank You -- Mike and
Jason... it was a perfect day!
Pickett's Mill is my favorite place. So much history, such
wonderful terrain and perfect weather to run Mike's interesting
courses. I was able to run... when I wasn't crawling and had to
think about my route choice on every leg -- just as it should
be. Mike just can't get a break... last time folks thought the
controls were too low (not me -- they can't get too low... as
long as they are in the correct spot), so this time he "hung
them high". We are getting too soft... not enough crying and
nashing of teeth for me.
The woods were wide open and the results will show -- fast! I
can't wait for the next meet. I hope to see you there. Bill.
Along with the "G" in gnash, I forgot to thank good old Steve
Shannonhouse for always being there and keeping our times. We had
a gang pick-up too... and they were all waiting for me to get
back! Great folks, Bill.
Guido wrote: Thanks Mike for a great and challenging
meet! The controls were placed nicely, just the way to them was
more complicated: Do I go all the way around or do I take the up
and down choice (more up than down of course).
But everything was great, a wonderful day out in the woods. You
sure missed a good one! It was well worth the drive! A big hand
Bob Domine wrote: Mike Ferguson and his team put on an
outstanding meet for us yesterday!
What a fun day!! The courses were perfect, the weather was
perfect - the only thing I could not figure out was how Bill
Farrell beat me on the Green course.
I left the start fairly well and got a real boost of energy
from the GO bag being hung at the second control. After seeing it
in that position, it just makes so much more sense to GO early in
your run rather than wait until you are almost done.
Anyway I pondered all the way home how Bill could have beat me.
He even let me try to get out of it by reminding me of my rolling
my ankle two weeks ago at Mistletoe. No, you can only use an
excuse for one meet, after that you have to come up with a new
one. (He beat me at Mistletoe too.) On the way home I figured it
Andreas has been riding with Bill and obviously has shared the
secret on how he runs so fast. I figure Bill is running along at a
somewhat slow speed when we can all see him such as near trails
and by the road so we won't suspect, but when he is on the back
side such as between 5 and 6 on our Green course he is running
just as fast as Andreas.
I'm on to you Bill. The secret is out. Now I just have to
figure what to do about it.
Again, Mike thanks for a super time.