We made it to Auburn, Neb., 50-some miles south of Omaha. The team is camping in the parking lot of a grocery store called Sun Mart! Between Topeka and here, we passed Minnesota and Calgary. Baby steps. We're going to try to get more audio and video tonight. Sorry about the delay on posting video. It's coming; we promise.
P.S. What does the "N" stand for on Nebraska's football helmets? Answer: Nowledge.
We couldn't resist.
P.P.S. Here are/were the "official" standings as of Neosho per Michigan's front-running team, which would know about such details:
Behind Principia stands Minnesota in third with a total time of 9:07:45. FH Bochum stands at 9:57:26. Missouri S&T is in 5th with 10:00:22. Next up Red River has 11:30:56. Waterloo is at 11:35:01, Calgary is at 12:30:34, Kentucky is at 15:29:56, and Iowa State is at 17:49:09. Next up at 11th is Queen's with 18:16:36. Right behind is Arizona at 18:17:18. Lastly Northwestern is at 19:09:09.
You can read Michigan's solar blog at http://www.engin.umich.edu/solarcar/blog/.
P.P.P.S. Waterloo had a good day today. We should pretty much be sharing fourth with them right now, depending on what is happening with the Golden Gophers of Minnesota.
P.P.P.P.S. We keep seeing these big trucks hauling HUGE wind turbines/blades up and down the race route, which is basically transversing North America's wind corridor. It must have something to do with T. Boone Pickens.
ONE LAST P.S. Bad weather is moving in -- though probably just for the night -- and some members of the German team just showed up at our motel, very groggy (we're not camping at all with the S&T team because we're not students and we're old). They (the Germans) think they made it closer to Omaha, but they came back down here to get some shelter. Also: Our team changed camping locations to the yard and house of a staff member's relatives up the road a bit. They'll still have to start tomorrow's leg back at the Sun Mart, which was the original stopping location for the night.