Rabbit

True test of the tailbone last Saturday. I participated in a 12 hour Rogaine Adventure Race. My team was comprised of what will/would be my 30 hour teammates in a few weeks. We thought it’d be good to practice together prior to the event. I missed out on the biking/orienteering session last week, so I was ready to get out there. Until I read this in the info packet.

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Meth Lab? Interesting. The course was in Owen Putnam state forest. Never been there before. There were 40 checkpoints to get in this race. Since I am not the best map reader, I let my teammates plot a course for us. Plus I had to get back to town early, so they made a plan to do a medium size loop to get me back to the start by 4pm. We got 1 giant topography map with all the points on it. We started in the green circle below. I tried to show where some of the checkpoints (controls) are too.

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We needed to stay inside the bold lines or face certain death by one of the locals. They don’t like you on their private property. You also get a clue sheet to help you “locate” the kites in the forest. The rest is up to you and your compass.

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As my teammates orienteer-ed us to the different spots, I served as my team’s rabbit. They would get us to the location of the control, then we’d all look around trying to find it. Whenever it was found, I would run to it and punch our passport proving that we had successfully found it. I needed to contribute somehow! 

I even found my own Powerline! Luckily, I didn’t have to run up and down it.

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At the end of the day, we were out for about 6.5 hours going about 17 miles getting 20 checkpoints! My GPS didn’t register a single lap while I was out there. Dammit. I really wanted to see the Google map because we got quite confused a few times and had to backtrack. Good news was, the tailbone held up fine and was not even sore the next day. Until I rode my bike.