September 21, 2011 by Chris
It’s been awhile since I posted something on the Splash Blog part of this website, so I figured now is as good of time as any to do something about it!
I got a phone call two days ago from our shirt printer letting me know that Zorell did not have the quantity of shirts I wanted in the color I needed! Ahhhh!!! Zorell offered the same shirt with a pocket as a free upgrade. Who wants a tee shirt with a pocket? No me! I had to switch to 100% cotton tee shirts. I’m totally bummed abut it because I really like the weight and feel of the Zorell Z100 shirts compared to the typical cotton shirt. Oh well…
I spent most of today preparing the longer of the two off trail (well, 50% off trail) orienteering sections for the Storm the Eastern Shore Adventure Race. I woke up to rain, but it cleared off by 10:30am and it turned into a really nice day of trekking. 14 more o-flags are now in place and ready for Saturday, (or will the racers be there Sunday?)
I’m not sure if the rain brings out the chiggers and seed ticks, but I saw tons of them. Good thing I loaded up with 40% deet! I remember looking down at my gaiters multiple times and saw 100 little specks moving around! Now I’m out of the woods, showered, and bug free! I think the deet did the trick because I don’t feel any bites or itching. If you are racing this weekend, don’t forget your bug spray (and carry one with you too).
Tomorrow morning I get to go out on the major paddle/trek/portage for the race to set those flags(with volunteers “Double Trouble”). Last two times I went out there I used zero bug spray and saw zero ticks or chiggers. I won’t have to worry about the bugs, but I will have to worry about the rain. I think it is going to really come down on us tomorrow! What would “Storm the Eastern Shore” be without a little rain though? Do any of you remember the 2006 Storm the Eastern Shore race when it poured on us hard when we were on Mockhorn Island? That was the best!