For this installment; I offer a montage of failure.
I spent a week back at Heinlein; giving the month-long lunar day time to progress.
And of course; allowing my friendship with Amanda to progress as well.
Anyway; after seven days in comfortable inactivity; I contacted Intersolar S&R and had my contract mission time of one month extended to two. I then headed out
once again. I had two more identified locations to check out; I spent two days at the first and three at the second.
I might as well have saved my time and fuel. There
actually was considerable iridium trace at the second; enough to locate a possible strike spot and drill a test
hole. Unfortunately; all iridium trace turned out to be just that: surface trace. No subsurface ore at all.
Oh well - this isn't anything new to a prospector; but
it is depressing. By this time; I'd been away from Heinlein for a week. I still had plenty of fuel and supplies; and most definitely did not want to return
to Earth with a zero-claim trip.
So after admitting defeat at the identified strikes; I lifted off and headed east into the Montes Caucasus range.
Six days, zero iridium, several headaches, two close calls on oxygen, and a twisted ankle later; I came to the conclusion that that was a bad idea as well.
Sigh - some days you just can't win for losing. I'm not quite ready to return to Heinlein; just a couple more spots I want to check out. In the meantime;
I'm just going to whine and grumble a bit; out here where no-one can hear it.