Night crew is on shift as Rob heads into TS 23 in Ulysses, KS. Yes, he is finally out of Colorado.
Mike Desilet is night crew driver, along with Jeff Sturges navigating and Joe Murphy in back. They want to keep Rob on the bike as long as possible tonight to keep peeling away the miles. Pattinson seems to be pulling away a bit and, for the time being, locking in third place. Rob is in a battle for 4-8 with Warner-Smith, Kaiser, Strebel, Payer and Sanz.
It seems to me that these guys found their legs toward the end of the climbs in Colorado and are now all formidable opponents.
The crew says Rob is in great spirits, but don't take their word for it. Here's some primary evidence:
Here's a shot of a welcome site:
Here's a video from the RAAM organization video crew:
And here's a video from crew chief Mike Perron (Warning: There is one expletive. Yes, they very occasionally use salty language on the Morlock crew:)