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Re: Why don't riders like to be judged? -- Let's get the factsstraight
In a message dated 6/24/99 1:48:32 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
<< One big difference was that they had to do a lot more "map watching". I
didn't envy them that. They really were expected to pay attention at the
meeting, and have that map out figuring out where to go. Looked too much
like work to me. :-) >>
Well, you are right there! I never even bring a map to an endurance Friday
night briefing, but boy, oh-boy, heaven help you if you forget yours at an
NATRC. They really do expect you to have a map and know how to read it. I'm
"map and directionally challenged" so this has made for some kind of comical
moments for me out on the trail. One time I was even asked by a horsemanship
judge where I was on the map and, amazingly, I got it right! (pretty much a
lucky guess). I have gotten better at it over the years, but I still get my
direction mixed up once in a while and start wondering if I've been down a
particular trail more than once or even where the heck I am. I think the
"snap-shots" you've gotten of NATRC aren't necessarily the true picture. Let
me know what you think if you ever give it a try again (try for different
ride management next time :)
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