“Things that are unexpected happen with devices that you have that somehow fall apart during the competition,” Reed said. “Part of that comes from putting it on a bus. They kind of get shaken around.”
Another mishap Reed remembers involves the ride back from nationals in Auburn, Ala., in 1992, he said. Everyone was in the midst of an 18-hour ride back when the bus driver pulled the vehicle off the highway at 2 a.m. and began looking for a gas station.
“He had completely run out of fuel,” Reed said. “Luckily, the gas station (we found) was down a hill, and we coasted into” the gas station lot.
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The Tribune will post the results of Saturday's tournament online late Saturday.