I apologize for not posting yesterday's blog post sooner, we were in a hotel with no internet last night. I have it written, but have not posted it yet. Make sure to go back and read it!
Today was a very long day for the team, both physically and mentally. We left our hotel at 5:00AM to make our way to the charging location. Unfortunately, there was cloud cover over most of southern Nebraska in the morning, so it actually took more power to run the car than we got from charging. So, we started the day with a pretty empty battery pack. We are really starting to feel the effects of missing 6 or more hours of charging in the first stage stop.
We ran in to the Omaha checkpoint, where Tyler and Adem were instant celebrities because of their Nebraskan roots. Overcoming delays in refueling the vehicles, we erased memories of yesterday's stage stop by managing to leave on time. Soon afterward, we broke in to the sun and saw that our new power trackers were finally working properly! Due to our low battery pack, however, the hills around Omaha were a significant challenge to navigate quickly. Getting out on the flat road gave us a chance to demonstrate what our car could really do; we caught up with Calgary and Missouri S & T, who were both stopped ahead of us last night.
But, as our current luck would have it, the day was not to be without problems. In the early afternoon, the motor throttle stopped responding to the drivers' input. We found we could fix the problem while moving by restarting the car, it soon became apparent that there were other forces at work besides software glitches. This, coupled with power trackers sporadically shutting off, caused us to fall short of our goal of getting in to Sioux Falls tonight. Our current position is in the town of Alcester, SD, about 40 miles south of Sioux Falls.
We are looking forward to seeing all of you in Sioux Falls tomorrow!