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8.23.2018

In two weeks the vehicle should be up to the task of these mountains finally, and in 6 months finally out of red ink, thanks to for donations in the last 2 weeks. This......

In two weeks the vehicle should be up to the task of these mountains finally, and in 6 months finally out of red ink, thanks to for donations in the last 2 weeks. This update was just sent to the very largest of the donors explaining..... Hers, hers JH'S and YOURS donations are more timely and important than you know. The stresses on the vehicle continue and the evidence piles up that it is finally up to the stresses in part thanks to you. But there remain two substantial expenditures which thanks to you, one of my two dearest friends from Standing Rock, an unmet Facebook sister, and JH who donates $100 every month, met him on that March from Philadelphia to Washington DC, two major expenditures remain which we'll be able to make with huge credit card debt which will remain for six months but we can now sustain that. And if the vehicle is as stable as I think we're finally out of the woods and have all the capability that the environment requires. Every once in awhile a 13 or 14 percent climb pops up out of nowhere. A week ago the only place for 50 miles where we could park for the night was the Snoqualmie Casino. Beautiful, in the foothill mountains, and the huge parking lot required going down and then back up a probably 13 or 14 percent grade. We just barely made it. Any steeper and we were stuck, and way too much stress on the solar vehicle. And although it's a bit technical after excruciating failures, very expensive 6 months ago, regenerative braking is now possible and it is immensely important. But it is only semi permanent and still has risk to it that it could fail. In about a week I'll be back down on the Columbia River I expect where there are two extremely able machine shops that I've encountered. And with the donations of you four there should be the funds to really make this a permanent fixture. And with the stronger motor and the regenerative braking with the days getting so much shorter the new motor should substantially increase the amount of electricity we can put back in the battery going down these mountains. There, that's probably more than you wanted to know.

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