So when we did go out this morning, the first thing we noticed was the lack of rain over the mountains to the west. Clearly a Good Thing. However, this did not go hand in hand with a drop in wind speed, and few people had legal wind chiz.
|Jun looks apprehensive...|
|...as well he might|
|Sugar & Jan-Marcel about to send David on his way|
I am now back at the Super 8, drinking BEER and eating cheese and bologna sandwiches. They put crack cocaine in bologna. Trufax.
Other news. Velociraptor's frame broke during testing yesterday and the team left for home while we were out at the course this morning. When we returned, I was asked by Nice Lady in reception if I knew Steve Nash. I allowed as how I did and was told there was a package for him. Shortly thereafter I encountered Steve and advised him of the presence of his parcel. A few hours later I encountered someone the same size and shape as Steve, complete with Steve's beard, glasses and T-shaped shirt. But nearly all his hair had disappeared. This was held to be some kind of Omen.
Still later Chris Broome and I are chatting merrily away outside the front door when strange singing and shouting begins to emanate from the swimming pool. We already suspect the Delft team's numerous PSO's of being members of some strange cult; this merely serves to confirm it.
|Jan-Marcel at mid-course|
We hold off starting the second session for as long as possible and sure enough the wind starts to drop, though even after the road has been closed for a while reported speeds coming through from the timing station are mostly on the illegal side. In fact, we hold off for so long that Thomas decides not to run either, as the periscope system employed on Cygnus doesn't exactly give panoramic vision even in bright sunshine. And by now the sun has dropped behind some fairly thick cloud, so the poor lad can barely see at all. Thomas later reaches an agreement with Sam Whittingham that should this scenario be repeated, Thomas will be allowed to go first.
|Cow, America, Thursday|
When Matt Weaver went faster than Sam in 2001, it didn't half liven things up. Hopefully the weather will hold and...