Teams were given their choice of segment order. We selected Foot-Boat-Bike, it is one of our favorites since we prefer to not finish with either boat or run.
|Assembling at the start|
|Eggcellent, found one|
|Back at 'cha Kevin|
Foot started out fast, in an attempt to regain time after the picture taking. There were a number of similar looking fire breaks and paths -- we took several quick conferences to ensure we knew our location along these trails.
|Left turn at Albuquerque?|
A key time saver that Ben "the Nav" devised was regarding CP4: "From Observation Tower (T) on map 300m, 282 degMN Along fire break." By plotting this out on the map beforehand, we could attempt to locate the CP directly and avoiding the run out to the tower. Once sighted, we used a compass bearing to verify we were close.
|Spotting the tower|
The canoeing was mostly straightforward. CP 11, furthest away, was worth 2 points. On the way to "Up a creek" we bumped into a tree, and poof! there was a two foot snake in our canoe! A tail grab and a oar was enough to clear it from and move on for our two point CP.
|Enough is enough! I have had it with these monkey fighting snakes on this Monday through Friday canoe!|
Immediately after the first CP, we came across Coconutz/Sheriffs Posse finishing their bike portion. So we knew it would be between their run time and our remaining bike portion. Despite overshooting one checkpoint, we were able to maintain our pace and complete the race to claim first place with a time of 2:34:01.