Sunday, July 20, 2008

Camping for the night

We have made it past Regina.  Camping just under 30 miles west of the control point, we have met some wonderful locals who have invited us onto their land.  Staying on a small farm, we even found a pond to boost our evening charge.  Throughout today's monotonous route, we steadily built upon our lead.  The team is eager to get to Medicine Hat and complete the longest leg (between checkpoints) of the race at 294.8 miles. 
Thanks again to all for posting on the blog.  We enjoy reading the comments while racing and hope to have some good internet coverage throughout the day tomorrow.


Blogger Furqan Nazeeri said...

Go blue!

July 20, 2008 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Way to go team, good luck for smooth driving tomorrow!

July 20, 2008 at 10:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To learn of today's progress for Principia, we can listen to the Principia radio-cast/podcast tonight at 11:00 A2 time.

The podcast can be listened to anytime after the broadcast:

GO BLUE. Jay LSA '72

July 20, 2008 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger Wisniewski said...

Bravo, Blue. The race has become a grueling event but you just keep going fast and smooth. Here is the URL to Calgary CTV and their summary of the trailer hauls that teams did from Winnipeg to Brandon.

July 20, 2008 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger Michael Adams said...

nice going. There's a killer waterslide at the hotel we stayed at in Medicine Hat, you should totally use it. (I forget which one it was, but hopefully one of the Momentum guys can remember.)

July 20, 2008 at 10:39 PM  
Anonymous Doug Geiss said...

I've been lurking, reading every bit of news since the race began! Thanks for the excellent updates, and most importantly, running such a great race.

I graduated (Dec. '92) before the 1993 race, so I never got to share in the fun/excitement of the actual race. (Furqan, I'm jealous. I appreciated the "old school" post!)

Now, back to my campaign for Michigan House of Reps.... (not nearly as much fun.)

Continuum, you make us all proud, Go Blue!

July 20, 2008 at 11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to, they passed the Principia team stopped by the side of the road.

July 20, 2008 at 11:37 PM  
Anonymous Tim Trueman said...

My understanding of that situation is that Principia's Ra 7 hit a massive pothole that bent a wheel rim. They pulled over and replaced the wheel and then overtook Waterloo again, I think

July 20, 2008 at 11:48 PM  
Anonymous Tim Trueman said...

Oh the time on the post on Waterloo's site must mean I'm wrong...

July 20, 2008 at 11:50 PM  
Blogger Furqan Nazeeri said...

Thx for the props, Doug...back atcha! Good luck in your campaign!

July 21, 2008 at 12:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi team! I live in Regina, and heard about the solar challenge race on the we went hunting for the racers! We passed by your team on the highway (3:30ish local time)...didn't see anyone else. We saw that U of Calgary had parked for the night at the checkpoint -- they thought they were the second team in.

As for the monotonous route....wait for the drive from Regina to Medicine Hat. I had forgotten how many trees/brush there is east of Regina...west is a totally different story.

Good luck in racing!

July 21, 2008 at 12:21 AM  
Blogger Brian Ignaut said...

I was in the Atlanta GA airport today and saw a report on CNN covering the race! Keep up the fast pace, you're doing great. Wish I could be there to welcome you to Calgary this week.

July 21, 2008 at 12:38 AM  
Anonymous Dave Masselink said...

@Mike Adams

I think the hotel was a Travel Lodge... I seem to remember a creepy giant teddy bear wearing pajamas. But maybe I just dreamt that part. I guess we were pretty sleep deprived back in the summer of '05.


July 21, 2008 at 12:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had know idea the speeds varied so much!

July 21, 2008 at 1:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Michigan team and Continuum, for running such a great race! It is so much fun reading about your progress and the posts. It doesn't get much better than rooting for the team that is doing so well... in addition to one that has integrity and a sense of humor. Again, thanks!!!
Go blue--go smooth--go fast! Thinking of you and appreciate your competence. (another anonymous)

July 21, 2008 at 1:29 AM  
Blogger Bambe said...

Way to go team!

Go Smooth, Go fast, go Blue!!

July 21, 2008 at 7:15 AM  
Blogger TC Lambert said...

Unofficial position updates (rank rumor and speculation):

Michigan camped about halfway between Regina and Moose Jaw, 30 miles past the last checkpoint, about 269 miles from Medicine Hat. They were the only team to go on past Regina. Expect them to reach Medicine Hat around noonish.

Principia had problems yesterday, as in multiple stops by the side of the road and driving 25-35 mph. The result is they stopped near Broadview, about 100 miles short of the Regina checkpoint, and 130 miles behind of Michigan. Other teams passed them physically, but they will still be in 2nd overall. They have 400 miles and one checkpoint between them and Medicine Hat. They may have to trailer part way. That makes me sad somehow.

Bochum camped about 50 miles from Regina. That means they passed Principia, but not by enough to make up the 5 hour lead Principia had built up.

Arizona reportedly camped with Bochum, but Arizona must have trailered part of that distance.

Missouri camped just outside of Regina. They trailered their car at the beginning of the race day, from Winnipeg to Brandon, in order to get out from under the clouds and find some sunlight to refuel with.

Calgary reportedly made it to Regina, maybe under their own power the whole way. If so, terrific job!

Waterloo reportedly passed Principia, but I don't know where they called it a night. Don't think they trailered at all.

No word on Minnesota.

Red River apparently stopped way short of Regina and trailered to the outskirts to make camp.

Last SPOT tracking position for Queen's is still in Brandon.

No info on the others, except for reports that many teams trailered to Brandon and ran from there.

July 21, 2008 at 7:50 AM  
Anonymous Jim Van Hoy said...

Based on Principia website, they camped about 140 mi east of Continuum team. That appears to have them falling further behind?

July 21, 2008 at 7:57 AM  
Blogger TC Lambert said...

Jim Van Hoy,

That is an affirmative. Principia has lost 2 or 3 hours on Michigan. Bochum has caught up an hour or more. For Bochum to take 2nd, though, they would have to make up 3 to 4 more hours.

Michigan now has a lead of 3 to 4 hours.

July 21, 2008 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger TC Lambert said...

Calgary did decide to trailer from Winnipeg to Brandon before driving on to Regina. They were the only team other than Michigan to reach Regina on Sunday.

Minnesota reports camping for the night about 60 miles short of Regina. Iowa State made camp right beside them. Waterloo is reported to be slightly ahead of them.

Iowa State must have done some trailering to get up there. Minnesota and Waterloo have managed to make it without any trailering. They are very determined. The Minnesota blog says in NASC'05, this stage was scheduled at 3 days.

With sunny skies, Minnesota and Waterloo just might make it to Medicine Hat in time. Barely.

Still don't know the whereabouts of Durham, Kentucky, and Northwestern.

July 21, 2008 at 9:44 AM  

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