Virtual O-Tourism

I hope those of you who tried Duncan's Street View orienteering around Southampton enjoyed it. The winner at the moment is Nigel Britton in a time of 18:25. They say that necessity is the mother of invention and French orienteer Simon Blum has taken the experience to a whole new level.

If you head over to you can participate in a short course around the French city of Riems. The Street View imagery has been integrated into the site which means that a) you are forced to navigate along the streets using the provided orienteering map (no peeking at the Street View map or jumping from one location to another) and b) the controls actually appear in Street View for you to punch them once you are close enough!

In case it isn't clear, to get started you need to look down and see the little red placemark that represents the start. Once you've clicked on it, the rest of the map is revealed and you can proceed to the first control. Good luck!