Lake Eire Shoreline
Sitting on his wheels in the soft sand of the Lake Erie shore line Bumblebee initiated his own scan of the area just before Smokescreen communicated his findings. The minibots own scans revealed the same information. The area was not as busy, this may could of been a number of reasons, time of day, year, some sort of human ritual that occupied their time or so forth. Bumblebee had created a map of the lakes shoreline and marked the spots where he had deployed the listening devices when the Ark had first arrived on Earth. He then transmitted a copy of that map to Smokescreen. The map showed that most of the shoreline was pretty well covered with Bumblebee's observation equipment, except for the northern portion, that was barely covered at all.
"Well Smokescreen the issue we have here is that this lake lies on the boarder of two human nation-states, although they are friendly towards each other, traveling between them can be problematic. What I want to do first is cross the boarder into the norther nation-state, scout the shore line and deploy our equipment. From there I want to also cover several of the island located in the lake as well." He said as he began to highlight the areas on the map that he wanted to cover. "Once we have the northern shore covered we can then enter the water and make our way for the islands. So we had better get moving, from what Skids tells me from the human news broadcasts crossing the boarder can take several hours."
Bumblebee rolled forward and drove onto the nearest road and began to drive down the highway towards the board crossing. There he ended up stuck in traffic as he slowly inched forward, towards the check point.
Nodding as he listened to what Trailbreaker wanted wheel check rubbed his chin once again in thought, his vocalizers glowing softly from time to time as he softly muttered something to himself. Wheeljack understood Trailbreaker's reluctance to undergone any major reworking of his internal components, it wasn't an idea he particularly liked himself. Though trying to find better ways to improve the fuel effencency of his fellow Autobot's has been a major concern of Wheeljack of late. Given the dwindling supplies of energon and the increasing reliance on substitutes it was becoming more important to ensure that every drop of fuel was used to full effect. Which meant 'Bots like Trailbreaker, who burned it up like no tomorrow, had a problem.
"Sorry about that Trailbreaker, I got a little ahead of myself." Wheeljack said a little embarrassed. His tendency to try and create new inventions often saw him get over zealous and try to create something grandiose, and over look the little things. "Well, sorry to let you down on the new fuel pump, but so far it has failed every test... if I put it into any living Autobot it would probably kill them, so I don't think I want you to try it out. Instead I think I got something else that night help you." He turned to compartment that held a number of gadgets and opened it, he reached in side and removed a small, roundcap looking gadget. "This isn't a long term solution I'm afraid. I developed it back on Praxus to help out Ratchet when the Decepticons went to stage 6. It was meant to help out the wounded and keep them from going into stasis lock or off line from loosing to much fuel. You just switch it on and attach it to your fuel pump, from there it should monitor how much of fuel you are having pumped into your system and maintain an even distribution of fuel into your tubes." He said to Trailbreaker as he handed him the little cap.
"The only thing is they were never meant for continuous use... since they were only used on the badly wounded... by the time they burned out they were probably no longer needed. This has the added problem of that once they burn out they can't be used again, so you have to get a new one. I'm not sure if Ratchet has an extra ones, and I'll need to build some more for you to have a steady supply of them. Though that one there is an advanced version to use on recovering wounded who still needed to maintain a careful fuel flow... so it should last you a few solar cycles, long enough for me to work up a batch for your regular use." Wheeljack turned back to his computer and made a note to develop more of the regulator caps for Trailbreaker when he remembered something and turned back to the black 'bot. "Oh Trailbreaker, I don't know how well they will work on a 'Bot who is full functionally and in top condition. So it might give out under the strain of constant activity and battle, so be careful. In the mean time I will try to find a more permanent solution to help you."