Last Minute Update on the CAC

The time has finally come!  Tomorrow, 13 teams will descend upon the Mid-Mo area for the greatest Adventure Non-Race in the history of adventure non-races produced by Team Virtus on April 21st, 2012.  Be excited.  Be very excited.

Tomorrow Bob and I will place the last 22 CP’s in the woods and finalize setting up the course.  Everything should be ready to go by the time anyone gets to the Pine Ridge Campground.  I just wanted to give a few last minute details to all of you non-racers and any other Virtusites out there.

First of all, for all of you that can’t make it (or are too scared to make it) to the CAC this weekend, we’ll be tweeting updates as often as we can, provided we have cell phone service which is hit or miss out there.  If you want to follow along, be sure to follow us on Twitter and/or like us on Facebook.

Now, on to the info regarding the actual non-race…

There is an area that Bob and I like to call the Bermuda Triangle of Cedar Creek.  If you’re not very careful, you will become completely lost.  This part of the trail is not marked very well at all.  Nor is it maintained very well… as in, not at all.  Bob and I have marked the worst part of the trail with small strips of bright pink tape.  And where the trail has been re-routed, we marked it like this:

marking an adventure race course

You can't possibly miss it.

For the rest of the CAC, though, you’re on your own.  This will be the only help you’ll receive.  We just want to make sure that nobody’s race is ruined because of a poorly maintained trail.

One other thing about the trail.  There are a lot of fences out there.  You may cross almost all of them.  You see, even though you will be non-racing through Mark Twain National Forest, cows are allowed to graze in the area.  Most of the fences you will see are not on property lines.  They are simply to prevent the cattle from, oh say… drowning in a deep pond… or doing a header off of a cliff.  So unless you see a “private property” sign or a blaze of purple paint, assume you are indeed on National Forest land.

Keep Out Sign

Keep out to the right, but straight ahead is okay.

The above photo shows part of the “Bermuda Triangle” area.  The “Keep Out” sign is a bit misleading.  At first glance, it looks like you’d be trespassing if you continued on your way, right?  Well, you’d be wrong.  To the right of the sign is private property.  To the left of the sign is public property.  And if you look closely, you’ll see the pink tape that we used to mark the trail.

One last note on the non-race.  Your feet may get wet.  I just thought you might want to know that.

I think that was all I really needed to share with everyone.  The forecast looks great as of now, so keep your fingers crossed on that front. Get it?  On that “front”… Get it?  I was talking about weather and then said something about a “front.”  I know.  Pretty hilarious.

We’ll have more info for you at the pre-non-race non-meeting on non-race morning.  If you have any non-questions between now and then, feel free to email us or post a comment for us.

I hope you’ve all been training hard, and I hope you’re ready for the time of your life.  See you soon, friends.  See you soon.

 

 

 

 

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About Lukas Lamb

Husband to a wonderful wife, father to 4 incredible kids (3 daughters and 1 son), adventure racer, mountain biker, runner, lifter of weights, reader of books, and lover of life. He can be found on Google+

Posted on April 19, 2012, in Non-Races, Upcoming Races and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. That keep out sign…isn’t that where Derrick rode across the creek last year? I think I remember that hill…

    This might’ve been one of those times you needed Casey to help you be 87% funnier. :)

    • Nope. You’ve never been there. Or maybe you have. Then again, maybe not. But maybe.

      And if you didn’t think this was a funny post, it must be because you didn’t understand my weather joke. Remind me to explain it to you this weekend. It’s hilarious.

  2. Wish I coulda been there! Hope everyone enjoyed your CAC…CAC’s funny!

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