Click here for my NEOC Spring Rock MA Day, M21 map.
Click here for my NEOC Spring Rock CT Day, loop 1, M21 map.
Click here for my NEOC Spring Rock CT Day, loop 2, M21 map.
First day was at Wells State Park, Sturbridge MA, second day
at Mashamoquet Brook State Park, Pomfret CT (2 loops). Fun
terrain and the course setting. Day 1 map was a bit dubious in
places, but they went out of their way to make it not matter. The
laurel mapping on day 2 was totally bogus on the way from 2 to 3, or
at least it seemed so to me. The good news was that I was thinking
to myself: "they call that laurel". Certainly not Hickory Run or
Rockhouse laurel, and I was quite content to go thru it on a couple
of occasions when the alternatives looked slower due to rock and
My only real complaint was #3 on day 1, in a long formline saddle on a
ridge. Unfortunately, it looked like it was on the side of the hill,
as they did not use slope tags where they should have for the odd
inside-out topography, for lack of a better word. I of course went
a line or so down the side of the hill, and could not believe when
I hit the control up on the ridge when I was looking to relocate.
Still lost a couple of minutes. Really feel it was unfair without
the slope tags. That said, I totally otherwise really enjoyed the
terrain and the courses. The fact that the middle was too long, and
there may have been too many controls both days didn't phase me.
Hey, the longer the better.
As for my orienteering, pretty mediocre at best. Besides #3, day
1, had a bad time with #10 day 1, and #5, day 2. On both occasions
got within a few meters of the bag, but did not see it, and hacked
around quite a bit. Lack of confidence, I suppose. But the real
problem is that I feel I still have some sort of low-grade illness
or lack of good nutrition. Still don't have that snap in my legs
I had at the beginning of the season, and have chills from time
to time, like a really low-grade flu. Probably nothing but an
excuse, but even my training times have been running abnormally
high during the past week, so not sure what it is. I felt a
little stronger on the second half of day 2, but my time still
sucked. Other problems were lack of really sharp focus and being
able to hold a bearing on a couple of the early legs. Good thing
I wrote that orienteering seemed to be easy last week ... good
thing it isn't ...