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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Into Topeka

We are just arriving in Topeka and we will serve 30 minutes at the checkpoint. From there we will continue down the route to Omaha. With bright sun and clear skies, Continuum is performing quite well! More to follow.

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18 Comments:

Anonymous Sudeep said...

Awesome! That's great to hear!

July 15, 2008 at 2:09 PM  
Anonymous Dave Mazur said...

While in Topeka where there any signs from our contenders?

July 15, 2008 at 2:14 PM  
OpenID speakingjose said...

That would say a lot since I think the stage start this morning was at 1 minute intervals again, so unless Principia pulled in a minute after us we extended our lead on them.

July 15, 2008 at 3:19 PM  
Blogger TC Lambert said...

241 miles from Neosho to Topeka in about 5 hours means an average speed around 48 mph. Definitely faster than day 1.

Excellent job!

Go fast, go smooth, GO BLUE!

July 15, 2008 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

The Principia trailer showed up, but no sign of their solar car, so we've extended our lead by at least 29 minutes!

July 15, 2008 at 3:35 PM  
OpenID speakingjose said...

Excellent! Great job Blue!

July 15, 2008 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

241 miles from Neosho to Topeka in about 5 hours means an average speed around 48 mph. Definitely faster than day 1.

Much faster, actually. They started at 9 and arrived a little after 1, just over 4 hours, so the average speed was about 60 mph.

July 15, 2008 at 3:44 PM  
Blogger Brian Ignaut said...

Looks like they're already somewhere around 50 miles North of Topeka heading at 64 miles per hour. Go Blue!

July 15, 2008 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger TC Lambert said...

2005's average speed was 46.2 mph from Austin to Calgary. Continuum with 2 square meters less in solar array is on a pace to beat Momentum's pace. Truly outstanding.

Charles, thanks for correcting my numbers. I like doing the arithmetic, even based on guesstimates. But I like the accurate numbers even better. 60 mph! I couldn't average that in a Buick. Of course, I'd have to stop for gas, and a restroom or two. Which raises the question . . . No. Never mind. That would be too much info.

July 15, 2008 at 4:09 PM  
Blogger Furqan Nazeeri said...

Here's video proof of Michigan cruising at 60mph (watch for the shot of the speedo)...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FRs34V-V-I

July 15, 2008 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Tom Carroll said...

Great job so far guys! I hope the rest of the race goes just as smoothly!

July 15, 2008 at 4:36 PM  
Blogger TC Lambert said...

Maybe an empty Gatorade bottle? That's what my friend, Tom, does when he's delivering mail.

July 15, 2008 at 4:38 PM  
Blogger TC Lambert said...

So . . . they may reach Omaha just about half an hour before quittin' time? Very convenient if they get to overnight in Omaha. Or will they have time to push on past and sleep in an alfalfa field?

July 15, 2008 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger TC Lambert said...

My wife says make sure to mark the bottle so no one tries to drink from the wrong one.

July 15, 2008 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger TC Lambert said...

Wait, now I'm confused. Charles said they reached Topeka shortly after 1:00. Brian, at 3:49, said they were 50 miles north of Topeka. They should have left the checkpoint around 1:30. By 3:49, they should have been something like 130 miles north of Topeka, and reach Omaha around 4:00. That's an hour ago! Car number 2, where are you? (Did that just prove how old I am?)

July 15, 2008 at 5:13 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

The times on this blog are in eastern time. The times I gave were in central time. The car is approaching Omaha now. Sorry for the confusion.

July 15, 2008 at 5:19 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Argh, the firewall won't let me post from work! Been following the blog all day though (don't tell my boss). Watch out for those alfalfa fields, they house some crazy bugs, but the small town Nebraska ERs are happy to open up early for you if you get bit! Looks like sunny skies ahead, keep it up!
- Maggie

July 15, 2008 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger TC Lambert said...

Frackin' time Zones! EDT vs. CDT, and in Canada it looks like CST, and MDT, as well.

July 15, 2008 at 6:43 PM  

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