What a relief to know Team Jefferson is off. We packed three team members and a giant robot into the RV and they departed Charlottesville at approximately 9:34 AM yesterday morning. Wasn't nearly as chaotic as 2005, time when the RV gods had to race a replacement RV from Richmond to replace a broken one, and we stuffed boxes of cables, crates, and tools under the vehicle in a sprint, so the team could finish building the robot when it arrived in California.
This time around, work continues - but most of it is soft work. I spoke to Paul around 4:15 PM today as the team hurtled across Arkansas. Paul is connected via his Sprint wireless access card, and moving across the state at 66.1 mph according to Google maps.
Its an amazing thing - the team has its GPS feed connected through an app that writes their location and time on a server back in Charlottesville - and Google can query the server through something called a KML feed. What that means to you is that you can see the vehicles location by simply clicking on this link:
As I write now, at 9:07 PM, Google tells me the team is now 30 miles outside Amarillo.
If you haven't seen pictures of the car with its real sponsor decals loaded - you gotta check it out - it looks fantastic:
Victorville is on the horizon.