TdD California - ROCStock XX
Jason Toft, our dads, and I had an outstanding time out at ROCStock this past weekend. The
trip from Florida was well worthwhile and that being said we plan a return trip to either
Black Rock or a future ROCStock event. For us it was our first major launch ever and the
furthest we have ever travelled for a rocketry event. I don't think I've ever seen so many
rockets fly or AP burned!
The California RS XX launch also marked the 25th state of the "Tour de Deuce"
project. In only one year - through the great assistance of volunteers everywhere - we
have managed to complete one half of the U.S. A HUGE thank you to Eric Williams and his
dad John for hosting this leg of the Tour and offering great hospitality. Also, a big
thank you to David Reese for making it possible for Jason and I to ship and fly rockets so
far away from home. Thanks to everyone else that made the weekend memorable. (I don't
think I've ever seen a giant basketball fly either!)
Overall we were very impressed with the emphasis on safety and the amount of effort placed
on making rocketry exciting for the young rocketeers i.e. - individual flight recognition.
The R.O.C. group exhibits professionalism in every way and exemplifies how rocketry should
be done. For those that I had the opportunity to meet in person, it was a true pleasure.
Hopefully I'll get to see many new faces at another rocketry event in the future.
Thanks again to all,
Eugenio Cebollero, Jason Toft, (dads), and the rest of the Tour de Deuce Team.
More pictures can be found here:
12-November (Day 1)
This marks the halfway mark for the Tour de
Deuce! Beginning on November 8th, 2003 in Florida, the Tour de Deuce team has
accomplished an incredible feat by hitting 25 states in, what is essentially, one year!
That's an average of over 2 states per month! Absolutely incredible.
Add to that the fact that on two different occasions these models had to be flown back to
Florida for repair and it really humbles you when you consider all that has occurred.
FlisKits got involved in the tour for obvious
reasons, it is our namesake traveling around the country. Eugenio and Jason got
involved for different reasons and even I am not sure that I fully understand nor
appreciate those reasons. Needless to say, I certainly appreciate their tenacity and
their commitment to this project.
The second half of the tour is about to
commence. Stay tuned for the continuing saga of one of the most exciting model
rocketry events to ever happen!
Special thanks go out to Jason and Eugenio,
their families (Lord only knows what they have had to put up with :) ) and to the
countless volunteers from around the country who have helped make this tour a reality.