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Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race
2018 Kinetic Pilgrimage: Monday May 28: Eel River Crossing



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Monday May 28: Eel River Crossing

While a crowd of sculptures prepare for crossing the Eel River, Flying Spaghetti Monster and Hunka-Hunk-A Burnin' Ham set forth while spectators line the CA-211 bridge. Built in 1911, it’s still the longest functional poured concrete bridge in operation anywhere.

Flying Spaghetti Monster would later receive Second Place Speed.

With Yellow Brick Rode close behind, Hans towed Speed Racer through and out of the water.

Yabba-Doo-Ya capsized again.

Not surprisingly, he won Golden Flipper (Water).

#discodarren celebrated completing the final water crossing.

Trilo Bike Diner readily drove out of the river.

Happy Campers was subject to the scrutiny of the site judge.

Sparky the Rescue Dog has ACEd 3 times.

Melvin ashore.

Bounce For Glory used long oars on the water, with the pilot facing backwards.

Yellow Brick Rode threw a line to the Good Witch of the East and Wicked Witch of the West.

Lobster Roll approaching shore.

With the shape of a goldfish, Swallow This! was built for the 1990 kinetic race in Boulder, and has been racing ever since.

Mad Plants—Beyond Thunderclone was very effective in the shallows of the Eel River, smoothly transitioning between traction and paddle power.

They went on to win Mediocre Award (which in California isn’t the grand champion).

Lion Kings had a very easy time exiting the water.

At the end of the day, Lion Kings won First Place Pageantry, Third Place Art, and Best Bribe.

The Hippypotamus head swung open for pilot egress.

Unsurprisingly for such a large dramatic sculpture, Hippypotamus won Spectators’ Favorite.

One pilot hauled Bikin’ Fools Angels up the slope.

The judges have set a legal push zone all the way from the water exit to pavement. (You can also pull in a push zone.)

Bikin’ Fools Angels went on to win the 6:32 Award for being the first team to lose their ACE for coming in after the first day’s deadline.

Five pilots hauled Trilo Bike Diner up the slope.

A few hours later, Trilo Bike Diner was awarded 2018 Kinetic Grand Champions.

Seven teammates hauled Caltrans Solid Gold Pineapple Wrecking Crew up the slope.


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  1. Saturday May 26: Arcata Start
  2. Saturday May 26: Beach to Dead Man’s Drop
  1. Sunday May 27: Eureka Water Entry
  2. Sunday May 27: Eureka to Crab Park
  3. Monday May 28: Eel River Crossing
  1. Monday May 28: Finish at Ferndale
  2. Pageant Before & Awards After
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