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Day Six - Survival of the Fittest (vehicle)

2013 Session 3 - MiddlesgeverComment

This could become a habit - tonight's blog is co-written by Serena and Lauren Yes, we woke up. Yes, we ate breakfast, and yes, we played outside. But we didn't grab the camera until we got to the barn at 9am and had been working for fifteen minutes.

Adam, Mori, and Eloise bring the Nooi contraption up to the flat stretch of road near the ranch house for a first test. IMG 0786

Lauren works with Zachary to cut a new steering post for Zachary's scooter. IMG 0795

Aaaah! A bat! (Mori) IMG 0801

Portrait of a Tinkerer: Griffin in Safety Gear IMG 0805

Work in the barn is a many-handed affair. IMG 0826

Two friends from New York (Griffin and Mori), inseparable in Manhattan, inseparable at Elkus Ranch. IMG 0849

Portrait of a Tinkerer: Liora IMG 0881

It looks like Brigid might have an idea. A sneaky idea... IMG 0891

Brigid, Harry, and Liora take the ("awesome") Panda skateboard gargantua for a ride that turns out to be a little too squirrely IMG 0924

Gever makes his "serious face", motioning wildly with his hands as he explains stuff to the Panda team. IMG 0930

Portrait of a Tinkerer: Emma IMG 0950

Zachary concentrates as he tests out his newly built scooter. Steering is difficult and requires dedication and focus. IMG 0966

Eucalyptus leave hats are all the rage - Liora tries on the newest style. The goats like this latest fashion development too - eucalyptus leaves are tasty treats. IMG 0968

Liora wants us all to admire her newly made "Panda" cape. IMG 0971

Noah spends some quality time with a goat. IMG 0976 X

Our visitors from Madrid have formed their own team, and in true Tinkering School style, named it - "Vacas Locas." The kids gather around their newly made tricycle to investigate and give advice. IMG 0981

Griffin and Mackenzie work together on wheels for Griffin's scooter. IMG 0982

Harry attaches a basket to the front of the Panda's giant skateboard - to hold the repair kit they will need on the road, as Mackenzie looks on. IMG 0991

Griffin cracks jokes, as he always does. Somehow he can manage to keep a straight face - Lauren can't. IMG 0997

Our new friends from Tinkering School Madrid: Inez and Fernando. IMG 1004

Harry searches for just the right screw. IMG 1009

Behold the mighty Josh! IMG 1014

And the mighty Adam! IMG 1015

Photographic proof - not even Gever is perfect. Here is a first: he tied the wrong knot! IMG 1034

A ragtag gang of misfits if ever there was one. IMG 1043

The first team lines up to start: Josh, Griffin and Emma of the Piki. IMG 1058

And they're off! IMG 1060

The Nooi line up, excited for the adventure ahead. IMG 1065

And they're off! IMG 1070

The Kablooi take their fleet to the line, and head off. IMG 1076

And the Panda follow, Liora and Brigid riding behind. The excitement of the coming journey is in the air. IMG 1079

And the Panda are off! IMG 1085

A few yards into the ride, the Panda teams 2x4, which connected their bike to their skateboard, split. They stop to repair it. IMG 1092

Liora bends down to remove the bolt. IMG 1103

And Harry drills a new hole. The Panda head for the road, and the truck heads for the first pit stop. IMG 1107

The Panda's skateboard, after a successful 1/2 a mile after repairs, breaks down again - this time, it's the wheel - the left one is screwed on too tight and can't spin. We carry the ship back. IMG 1142

Harry and Noah celebrate - they've reached the first pit stop, and have repaired their respective vehicles. IMG 1185

Eloise, Mori, Josh and Mackenzie wait at the second pit stop. They're excited to see the truck - the truck means food. IMG 1230

Serena leans out the side of the truck to line up for a shot. IMG 1232

Lauren leads the way, practically racing her bike, as the second two teams emerge at the second pit stop. IMG 1269

Noah examines the crack in the side of his 2x4, wondering how best to repair it. Inscribed on his hand is his favorite song of the night before: "We are going to be friends." IMG 1325

The Panda and the Kablooi depart the second pit stop- refueled and ready to hit the road. IMG 1333

The retrieve and chase logistics get complicated as the two blocks of teams get further apart. We all meet up at the end of the trail and load up, then head home for a delicious dinner and our last session of free-build. We light a small fire, and hold a sing along, enjoying our last evening in one-another's company. The middlers have no set bedtime on Friday night, so its home to the house for card games and discussions.

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