Jun 2, 2011

Adventure Racing Astronomy and Botany

This Saturday is The Longest Day... and it will follow by the Longest Night... If you think it's wrong, you are an astronomer. If you think it's right, you are an adventure racer.

Here is report from a team of adventure racing biologists, local to The Longest Day area:

"We have started to scout the Longest Day area and have come upon two new (and little known) forms of plant life in the area....Rodney-dendron* and Amy-ryllis*.

Rodney-dendron (from Ancient Greek rhód "problematic", and déndron "tree")[1][2] is a genus of over 1000 species of woody plants in the heath family, most with showy flowers. It includes the plants known to gardeners as azaleas.
The Rodney-dendron is a genus characterized by gnarly branches that are difficult to navigate and even harder to see through. The largest, R. giganteum, is reported to over 30 meters tall.[3] The leaves are spirally arranged; and often contain a hidden check point (CP).  In some species the underside of the leaves is covered with scales (lepidote) or hairs (indumentum) and articles of clothing left by frustrated adventure racers.  They tend to come to full bloom between the hours of 1:00am to 4:00am.
Amy-ryllis (pronounced /ˌæmiˈrɪləs/)[1] is also known as the belladonna lily. It is highly likely to find Rodneydendron and Amyryllis to be found growing in close proximity.
The genus has two species and the more famous of the two, Amaryllis belladonna, is a native of New York City and New Paltz, particularly the rocky southwest region near the Gunks.
Each plant is small but assertive. The plant is similar to stinging nettles if rubbed the wrong way."
* Rodney and Amy are The Longest Day race directors and Course designers :-)

We are going north tomorrow, the 30 hours race starts 7 am Saturday. Team Calleva/HalfWayThere.com Michelle and Dima are ready for this astro-biological event. Looks like there is no life coverage for the race, but check CPT website, may be they will have something.
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