I left Southwestern Minnesota this morning, continuing my “month of travel” for work at mapformation! This time, I am headed to Norfolk, Virginia, to attend the North American Cartographic Information Society’s annual meeting, as well as serve on a panel discussing cartography as a small business. With a short side-trip to South Carolina, so my mom (who hates to fly) can spend a little time with her sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew.
Today was all-about crossing off a few new courses that had crept on to my “Unplayed Courses” map in UDisc in Eastern Iowa. I needed to drive 172 miles before I ran into a course I had yet to play! So once I got to that first course, I was determined to make the most of the daylight I had left. I played quick rounds at Nevada Baptist Church, Atkins Park, and Kelly’s Park before encountering roads (and one course) that were closed due to flooding. But I eventually found my way across swollen rivers to sneak in two more quick rounds at McCausland DGC and Folletts Park before running out of daylight.
Folletts Park marked my 200th new course I have played in 2018. Not too shabby, considering how much more difficult it becomes to play new courses, the more you play! We’ll see how I do over the rest of this trip. But for now? I am calling it a night in Peoria, Illinois…hoping to play a few more new courses here in town before continuing my march to the Southeast.
Magic Number = 556 (1,444 Courses Played)
How it All Got Started: Tonn’s Travels >>
A main purpose of this blog will be to share information, helpful tips and tricks (everything from health and fitness to methods for saving money while you’re our “bagging courses” of your own), and ideas for better, safer course design. But I am also hoping to inspire others with my passion for the sport, via the stories I can share about all of the interesting experiences I have. All of the interesting people I meet. All of the amazing courses I am blessed to have the opportunity to play. If I can inspire even a handful of individuals to get off the couch, get “out of their bubble” or “security blanket” and explore more of this big, beautiful planet we all call home? Then I will consider this effort a success.
Derek Tonn is a member of the DGA’s Ambassador Team. His company, Mapformation, LLC, has been DGA’s partner in the development of disc golf tee signage since 2012. The longer our two companies have worked together, and the more Derek has gotten to know all the great folks at DGA the more he has wanted to formally sing the company’s praises. The more he has realized that “Steady” Ed the father of disc golf and the modern day Frisbee vision for the sport and his company perfectly describes his own interests and priorities related to disc golf, and the more Derek has recently been encouraged to share his story.