I left Austin around 11 after having breakfast with Bungane and his family - Bungane runs the Integral Group office here. He took the car for a spin before I headed East again.
It was a slog to get around Houston, which apparently has toll roads (we don't really have those in Northern California). The Supercharger was a Tesla showroom and Service Center, which was cool to see. Have you ever seen a garage that looks like this?
They had a naked model S which was cool to see as well.
I've been meaning to mention this, but if you want to know more about Tesla, you should check out Wait But Why's post on it. In fact if you're interested in the human race at all you should probably read the whole series on Musk, Tesla, and SpaceX. It's a lot of words to read but they're worth it.
Bungane asked me this morning if the novelty of driving a Tesla has worn off on me yet. The answer is yes, the novelty has worn off. But I'm still shooting down the highway in a futuristic space car, and that sensation hasn't diminished over the past 2,000 miles. I'm simply more comfortable with that sensation.
I still feel like I'm living in a dice of the future, which brings to mind the William Gibson quote: "The future is already here. It's just not evenly distributed yet."
By the time I got through Lake Charles and Baton Rouge, it was 10pm and I was pretty tired. But the run to Mobile is 200 miles, and my leg for tomorrow is 510 miles already. I decided to push on.
I charged in Baton Rouge for 70 minutes because of the 200 mile run. I took the opportunity to practice Blender and shave.
By 2am I reached mobile. Waaaay past my bedtime but glad to get the distance behind me.
Looking at the Supercharger map, I see a route that wasn't available to me on the website when Iaid out my initial itinerary. I think tomorrow I'll cut up North East from here through Atlanta and Charlotte instead of going straight to the coast at Savannah. It's going to shave a lot of time off and my next two days were going to be longer than this one so that sounds pretty good right now.
Time to pass out.