World Solar Challenge Day 2

In the morning, we normalized the car near Megalux and literally right next to Punch. We got on the road after serving our control stop time, shortly after Punch and Megalux had departed.

Look! We both tilt our entire cars!
Look! We both tilt our entire cars!
Reserving an array standing location at the control stop.
Reserving an array standing location at the control stop.

I was in scout with Hayden for the entire day as The Official Media Team once again. After scout did some scouting of the teams ahead of us, we pulled over on the side of the road ahead of the convoy and took photos and video of Arctan passing us. During the time we were stopped, the convoy passed Megalux stopped on the side of the road. The Official Media Team continued to photo and video Arctan from the side of the road a few times more until someone in the convoy suggested we go ahead to Devil’s Marbles and wait to get shots of the solar car passing through there.

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We made it to the Barrow Creek control stop before the end of the day and then kept driving until we reached the Stuart Memorial rest stop, where we bush camped for the night. The parent team made us tacos and an apple crisp dessert and lit up the area with candles. The literal atmosphere was much more pleasant than it had been the night before, since we had traveled further south and had finally escaped the humidity. I was able to sleep in my sleeping bag without being plagued by perpetual stickiness, which made me feel a lot cleaner despite it being Day #2 without a shower.

Candlelit dinner courtesy of the parent team.
Candlelit dinner courtesy of the parent team.

This race is so much about endurance and race crew discipline — one failure as simple as a loose access panel or as seemingly unpredictable as a flat tire could cause us to pull over and lose our position in the race. Luckily, we have been fortunate that we have not had to pull over this far, and hopefully things will continue to go this way.

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