12th September - Adelaide
As the days before Mirage arrives come to a close, we are really getting down into the details of planning for the trip up. From checklists for each vehicle to daily meal plans, the team as a whole are giving more thought to the daily realities of the upcoming challenge.
With all of the team, except two who will arrive in Darwin, now reunited, people are really settling into their roles, which will be fairly steady throughout the next few weeks. This is helping with the efficiency of daily tasks as people know who to go to for certain things, cutting out a lot of circular communication.
As part of the team starting to find its natural rhythm, we have also sent our team kit for the competition to production. This will give us a unified identity, make us easy to find among the myriad of solar car teams and also help us to promote our high level sponsors. This should be with us early next week, so keep an eye out for a new team photo then.
In the evening we went to visit a few of our long-term, local supporters in the Barossa Valley. We picked up a second trailer to help us transport all of our camping equipment and were very kindly hosted by the Schrapels at Bethany Wines for a fantastic dinner and wine tasting.
The team enjoying the view over the Barossa Valley
We were first introduced to the Schrapels back in 2009, when we competed at the World Solar Challenge with a car nick-named Bethany. It has been wonderful to be able to return during each trip and see familiar faces, hear about local developments and, of course, share a tasty meal and some delicious wine.