Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Win Tony Tether's Money

Our Sunday run was perfect: no cones knocked down, no obstacles touched. Between that and our near-perfect Saturday run, I was feeling pretty good.

But then on Monday morning we smacked into a concrete barrier and broke our steering system. We rushed the truck back to UCLA for repairs and tried again this morning. This time we hit a stack of tires after emerging from the tunnel, but otherwise the run was pretty good.

The final obstacle is a tank trap, a thing like a giant jack, which had snagged a number of the vehicles before of us. Tony Tether, the director of DARPA, bet Bill Caldwell a dollar that the tank trap would claim us too... but we drove around it. Yee-haw! It is actually remarkable that we have never had any trouble with the tank trap.


At 5:15 AM, October 06, 2005, Blogger Jordan said...


So that's what those things at the start of Saving Private Ryan are called! When I first read the description, I was picturing a giant device for elevating tanks and wondered why they would put that on the course.

At 5:41 AM, October 07, 2005, Blogger Kathryn said...

Congratulations on being a finalist! Chris and I were checking up on your progress from Greece. Best of luck on Saturday!


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