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DARPA Autonomous Robotics Race

Is anyone going to the finish in Las Vegas? I'm contemplating it. It's a bit of a drive though. I was thinking of dragging Pam, Bob and Jesse down with me, driving down to Kings Canyon National Park the first day, about 5 hours, hanging out in the park in the afternoon, staying in a cabin in the park, leaving for Las Vegas the next morning, 5 or 6 more hours of driving probably, the race finish is between 4-7pm and there's a party 8-10 pm for CMU's Red Team (with a $35 fee and free t-shirts...). Then we'd hang out in Las Vegas Sunday morning, leave for Kings Canyon again in the afternoon, spend the night there, more exploring in the morning, and then driving the rest of the way home Monday night. But that's at least 20 hours of driving in four days. Does that constitute a vacation, or hell? We could drive straight from Las Vegas to San Jose in 8 hours... Plus there's the possibility of some of the roads in the mountains around Kings Canyon being snowed in...

The alternative is being boring, just like Jesse and I are usually, and staying home. There's certainly enough work to be done around here moving more stuff and getting our house ready to sell.

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Feb. 28th, 2004 03:15 pm (UTC)
A bunch of us folks in Pittsburgh who have worked with Red were talking about going, but no one had the energy to organize it. Some things to think about: Scheduling your trip for the end of the race pretty much guarantees you won't see most of the robots. There are diverse opinions around here as to whether Sandstorm in particular will make it. Also, the team might opt for a more conservative speed that doesn't finish in 10 hours, in which case you could miss seeing it pull in.

Anyway, I hope you go and take lots of pictures and tell us all about it...
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