OO.cup stage 5

Today’s race was on the same map as yesterdays. Chris had a late start so we blobbed throughout the morning until it was too late for him to comfortably walk to the start. To rectify this small problem, Chris went and had a few words with the bar staff. We’re not entirely sure what the words he used were but the long-and-the-short of it was that after a few minutes Chris returned grinning with the keys to the bar maid’s car. So we traveled in style in her funny little yellow car to the start line. We were very impressed with her generosity.

Our little yellow car (Slovenia) resize Chris finishes (Slovenia) resize

Above left: Emily with ‘our’ little yellow car. Above right: Chris finishes the OO cup.

Emily was still feeling ill so didn’t start today. I DNF’d after five controls and Chris had a good run coming 3rd for the stage. Excellent. We retired to the camp site and blobbed for the afternoon watching the final stage of the Tour de France. We drank mulled wine in the bar in the evening and geeked with Michael on gmail.

Grajski park (Slovenia) resize Grajski park 2 (Slovenia) resize

Above: Grajski park camp ground.

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OO.cup stage 4

The race started from near our camp site in Logatec today. The terrain was easier than the first two days but slower than yesterday. It was a mix of castic and continental terrain, I suppose. I walked around slowly and Emily caught me up at control 9. She was also walking as she was feeling ill. We walked the rest of the course together.

Cris + Em (OO Control 72 (OO Cris punches the finish control (OO Southerly storm in the forest (OO Nearing the finish (OO

We messed around the camp ground in the afternoon, booked trains from here to there and tried to work out how to get our O gear to the Swiss O week without going tramping with it. For geek points we downloaded the start list for the Swiss O week and the results for the OO.cup and I hacked some C# to find matches between the two lists. Geeky!

Camp by night (OO The bar by night 2 (OO

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OO.cup stage 3

I am blogging from our water hole in the lovely Slovenian valley today.

Chris being a monkey (OO`Cris being a monkey 2 (OO Cris being a monkey (OO

We changed terrain type today. Instead of the depressive lime stone depressions, we were running on a continental map. It was much easier and consequently much faster. I thrashed around the course and really enjoyed it. The forest was open and controls were generally visible a few tens of metres away. Emily was terrified that I was going to beat here as we were both racing the Open 2 course. I had the lead for the first 13 controls but then I made a mistake and she ended up taking a minute out of me.

We’re staying with Greg again tonight.

Showing off at the swimming hole (OO