Cross USA nonstop

Check the SPOT/APRS links, folks. Looks like we’re set to make this cross-USA trip a nonstop run (except for gas stops, and a trailer tire that went flat just west of Evanston, WY).

Hours ago:




PS: Special thanks to Big-O Tires of Evanston, WY for getting us back on the road so quickly.

Also: had a chance to look at the Day 9 video, and it looks cool. This one captures the flight all the way from task start to landing (although the lens is obscured a bit at the beginning—ah well!).

Day 7 at Minden

Today’s weather was low and slow, allowing for plenty of dramatic images and video of rocks.

Shadow of JOY on Mount Patterson

If only I had held the camera for a profile shot—you would have been able to see all of JOY’s shadow on Mount Patterson, not just half. Ah well.

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Rest day!

After six intense days of flying, the contest organizers decided to declare Monday a rest day. So, naturally, team JOY went on a three hour drive down to Yosemite to see it from the ground. Here are some photos I took with my Android phone’s built-in panorama functionality, which admittedly isn’t the very best. Click to enlarge if you want.

1. Descending north on 395, a viewpoint overlooking Mono Lake:

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Day 2 at Minden: YouTube video!

At last—here is an overview video of Day 2 at Minden! We’ve been flying with a GoPro camera suction-cupped to the canopy, and occasionally it manages to work. On a four hour task, it can just barely capture the whole thing before we land.

That’s a lot of video, so I wrote a program that pulls out three second clips from every two minutes of footage, then joins them together. You can spot all kinds of interesting stuff in this summary video: soaring near virga, Mono Lake, the Sierra Crest, and more. Enjoy!

With luck, I’ll have another video like this one for today’s task.