There I was, in the middle of the North American Solar Challenge!

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Timmo, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. Timmo

    Timmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wasn't in a solar car, though. [​IMG]

    Just a little while ago I was heading north on US 71 in western MO, and just north of Carthage I come up on this gaggle of vehicles with lots of flashing caution lights. I had no idea what was going on until I got around one of the chase vans and saw several solar cars! How cool is that?

    There were a bunch of them! The speed limit is 70 and they were going 60-65....on solar power! I must have passed 7 or 8 of them stretched out over a 20 mile length of road. The chase/caution vehicles had all kinds of sponsor logos on them and university logos from Minnesota, Ontario, Alberta, Missouri, Kentucky, just to name a few. License plates from all over too! I almost ran off the road trying to get a look at them all. [​IMG]

    I get home and look it up online and find out I had just driven through the North American Solar Challenge on their way from Dallas to Calgary! I guess I caught them on the Neosho to Topeka leg of the race.

    Here's the link: http://americansolarchallenge.org/

    Here's the Missouri team blog: http://solar42.mst.edu/

    GO MISSOURI!!!

    Check out their route on the first link, if you live in the middle of the US/Canada, they might be racing right by you and you can go get a glimpse! As I type this they are heading north on US 71 to Lee's Summit where they will turn west to Topeka, KS.

    They have several legs of the race left, and it's supposed to end on July 22 in Calgary.

    Cool Stuff! [​IMG]



    Edited because I was in a hurry when I first typed this, and got the name of the competition wrong. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2008
  2. BearSwampChick

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    That is so cool! I wish I could have seen it. They aren't going anywhere near us, darn it. Thanks for posting this! [​IMG]
     
  3. eggzettera

    eggzettera Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's really cool, to bad they are going to miss the Stampede.
     
  4. mcfarlandteresa

    mcfarlandteresa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in McAlester and was actually coming from Big Cabin when I started seeing them. They are so cool to look at and the kids loved it. Made the trip go by faster with them watching for the next one!
     
  5. Timmo

    Timmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is cool! I didn't even know about it. I guess I should watch the local news more.

    I hope they get to Calgary safely, they were causing a bit of a traffic jam when I saw them. Maybe that was just because everyone was slowing down to get a good look! I have no idea how they expect to pass another racer with traffic backing up next to them. [​IMG]

    I wish I'd had a camera with me, but it's probably a good thing I didn't. I probably would have ended up crashed in the median if I'd had one.

    I can see it now.....

    Me: "No officer, I haven't been drinking. Did you see all those solar cars?"

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Timmo

    Timmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    CNN is about to show a report on the race!

    I think they are anyway....was flipping through the remote and Wolf Blitzer said something about a solar race from Texas to Canada....
     
  7. Timmo

    Timmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ugh, yup they did. Too fast and not much info.
     
  8. Timmo

    Timmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Come on!

    Nobody between Topeka and Calgary is interested in this? Omaha? Anyone? That's where they are headed tomorrow.

    *sigh* I though it was super cool.
     
  9. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    How cool is that?!
     
  10. Timmo

    Timmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Uh oh. Missouri had a battery fire. That can't be good.
     
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