Saturday, July 19, 2008

And across the border we go

The team is now in Canada under 100 miles (or rather 160 km) from Winnipeg. Continuum has also partaken in it's first parade. The city of Morris, Mt holds an annual stampede and it just so happened that this morning the festivities began with a parade. The town welcomed us and let us join their parade. Following two horse drawn carriages and a float we turned on all of our caravan lights and joined in. We were followed by our weather and scout vehicles who arrived earlier to ensure our safe passage through the parade. The parade announcer was unsure of what this yellow car-thingy was and said he still preferred horses. After a short while the parade route turned right and we continued straight on the race route to Winnipeg. I will post a few pictures when we arrive in Winnipeg.

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Blogger Michael Adams said...

Is everyone going to get a parade? I would think it would only be fair...we're in a race!! We could've lost crucial time!!

July 19, 2008 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Charles Eichhorst said...

Principia might get caught up in it, but I think everyone else is going to miss it.

Michigan is now less than 10 minutes away from the stage stop.

July 19, 2008 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger Charles Eichhorst said...

Arrival time in Winnipeg: 11:32
Total time for stage 3: 12:32
Distance: 530 mi
Average Speed: 42.3 mph

July 19, 2008 at 12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aw come on!
So what if a few minutes were lost in the parade! Winning aint everything (...and I am as competitive as anybody). I suspect that publicity is one thing that this race has had a severe shortage of. We UM cheerleaders should hope that the M car appear in many more parades to come.
Viva la parades. Way better than hail and rain.
Is everyone going to get a parade? I would think it would only be fair...we're in a race!! We could've lost crucial time!!

July 19, 2008 at 1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of Principia, did anyone find out when they made it in?

July 19, 2008 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

What rediculous luck to arrive in the middle of the parade. That's even crazier than trying to evade the herds of sheep that hang out in the middle of the Stewart Highway! If anyone has any parade video, it's got to be entertaining if there's any way to post it.

July 19, 2008 at 2:32 PM  
Anonymous russ moerland said...

Now that's a first for solar car racing! The odds of that happening are so slim...

Now how on earth would could you work that into a strategy... :-)

July 19, 2008 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger TC Lambert said...

Just got back from a wedding. My favorite niece got married! Anything interesting happen in the meantime? What the . . . ? A frackin' parade? Are you kidding me? What are the rules regarding this? Any penalties other than driving through horse droppings?

Charles, thanks for the numbers.

How many teams made it to Winnipeg on their own power? The next stage, Winnipeg to The Hat is over 130 miles longer, but still only allotted 2 days. Michigan should be able to make that, probably by early afternoon Monday. Principia by mid-afternoon. Maybe 2 or 3 more without trailering.

July 19, 2008 at 10:06 PM  

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