Drop of the hat and it's already started
Just like that and the deed is done
What I'd give for that hat to be medicine
The time is now to be on the run.
-- Son Volt
We made it to Medicine Hat, Alberta, where multiple native Indian tribes used to gather for meetings. Maybe they still do. Somebody's actually playing "99 Red Balloons" really loud in the parking lot here, over and over, probably out of respect to the Germans. Solar Miner VI ran about 200 miles from the eastern outskirts of Regina to the middle of nowhere today -- and then they trailered the rest of the way to Medicine Hat in order to reach the final checkpoint/stage stop before Calgary.
We finally reached the Canadian West today, lots of arid western features and scrub brush. It's hot.
Michigan (obviously), Waterloo, Germany, Minnesota, Calgary and Iowa State have reached Medicine Hat under their own solar power. Principia is still out on the road, we think. They hit a big pot hole late yesterday and have been having some problems out there, according to sources.
Most everybody (we think) is sick of "competing" against Michigan. It's one Big Market team versus lots of Small Market teams, which is no fun. Having said that, we may be biased about these kinds of things based on our (my) allegiances to the Kansas City Royals.
Also: Our team is having a rough go of it, which is making us punchy.
Tomorrow we hit Calgary! No more of this trailer business, if the team can help it. They plan to drive Solar Miner VI across the finish line. Then we'll ALL have something to celebrate. It will be a great achievement for our intrepid band of S&T solar car brothers, which has battled through electrical problems, a house fire, stubborn clouds, slaughterhouse stench, at least one sketchy motel and miles and miles of tedious landscape.
Calgary is actually not far from here. Can you believe it?