Sunday, 8 March 2015
We're on the east coast of Tassie for 3 days of orienteering and as always it's beautiful. Yesterday I had an eventful short race whereupon my e-stick got brushed off my hand by a fern bush and I couldn't find it after what seemed like hours of looking (but it was probably only 6-7 minutes). With no hope of finishing officially I decided to visit the remaining three controls anyway and proceed to the finish. Just as I got back Jon and another friend offered to go back out an help me look (she'd actually seen me suddenly stop running and start gardening during my course which she thought was very funny). After a 10 minute walk back Jon found it almost immediately, so I then decided to re-visit the remaining controls so I could still get an official (if slow) finish time.. So all up, after all of that, my time was 70 minutes which includes a 48 minute split between controls 6 and 7! I'm looking forward to seeing all the other splits later - I should have some good (fast) ones particularly the last 3 controls which I went to twice.
So anyway - after all that, Jon dropped me off halfway out to Binalong Bay and I did my favourite loop ride taking me conveniently to the orienteering BBQ dinner. Despite the fact that I got lost a few times as it's been a while, it was awesome..
And amazingly, my extremely neglected mountain bike was awesome too. My chain is rusty (and un-lubed), my breaks squeak, I hadn't pumped up the tyres in over 6 months (and I didn't even have a pump anyway), and despite all that, everything went well! I love my bike (sometimes).
And I love this loop too. I really should stop and take more pictures of the orange rocks and white sands but I have too much fun on the narrow little trail that goes around the headland to stop. Another time.
As per our new-usual habit, we're staying just south of St Helens as it's much cheaper and more comfortable. We are right next to Scamander Beach in fact.
Today after the event I repeated yesterdays ride with another orienteer, and this time I did it much faster than yesterday which was necessary as I then had to ride all the way back to St Helens where the rest of the family were busy fishing. Or more precisely, feeding the fish with their bait! They weren't entirely hopeless though and did reel a few fish in but all were either undersized or inedible (leatherjackets).
So now after my first two rides in a long time, and two orienteering runs including today's very tough and long race, I'm exhausted. So I hope Jon hurries back soon with the fish and chips..