After months of planning, we have set off for the World Solar Challenge in Australia where the top solar vehicle teams around the world will be competing in the 30th anniversary race from Darwin to Adelaide.
While the thought of going to Australia sounds amazing, the process getting there is far from it. At first, I entered excited- the domestic flight from RDU to LAX was stocked with many great movies and early on in the 27 hour trip, it seemed like the travel would be a breeze. Unfortunately, I had been separated by other members of the team seating wise but the 5 hours went without too many bumps.
But boy, the 13 hours flight across the Pacific Ocean was an absolute nightmare. Yes, the food was delicious and they gave us blankets, pillows, and headphones but they turned off all the lights in the cabin and urged us to sleep. It was near impossible and my ears kept popping every few minutes. By half way we were all delirious and smelly.
I tried to film things in the airport on my GoPro but was yelled at by a flight attendant because she was worried her credentials would end up on social media, despite being extremely blurry in the background. She then got on the plane that I’m on now and I’m terrified to breathe wrong for fear of getting trapped in Australian customs.
It still hasn’t hit me yet, even flying over Australia to Adelaide, that we are here- I had only been on a plane 3 times before this, and never over an ocean. I think I will get excited once we get in our rental car and drive on the wrong side of the road. I told Dan to watch out from primal chirps from me like we heard when witnessing the solar eclipse in totality.
But until then, I’m just going to continue watching Australian reality TV and cursing Dan for sitting directly in front of me with his chair completely leaned back. How should I get my revenge on him? Comment below and I will carry it out as soon as I regain feeling in my legs.
Anyways as they say in Australia, G’day mate throw some shrimp on the Barbie. Outback, crocodile Dundee.
We spent longer in Adelaide than expected due to the lack of abundant capitalism. We had to visit multiple specialty stores, as well as myself and Cristian looking for SIM cards and praying that they’ll work so I can bring you these wonderful race blogs.
Fun Facts about travel so far:
· We are eating an almost exclusively vegan diet since we are camping in the Outback and lunchmeat seems to be a commodity.
· Since turn signals are on the right side of the steering wheel here, Dan keeps turning on the windshield wipers every time we want to turn.
· Our GPS’s weren’t updating so we bought a new one, only to come back to the car to find the original GPS’s to be in working condition.
· I have the best Australian accent of the group despite my nose being stopped up.
· I might have the flu (but let’s not focus on that)