Wednesday, April 26, 2017
It's now almost a month since we left San Francsisco and now I'm settling in to a familiar pattern of activities: one day up and one day down. The activity went up quite a bit on the first week, with packing and all. Then it dropped down to the pre-trip average of about 42,000 steps per week. The excitement factor doesn't last more than a week after all, it appears. Today, I'm fatigued and achy all over despite mostly sitting on a boat for 2 hours yesterday. It must be the wake of 10,000 steps I took 2 days ago in French Quarter.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017
We went to Giles Nissan in the morning and then went to the library after leaving the car hooked up. Hour and a half later, and we ended up with only +10 miles after spending 17 miles going there and back. I was going to come back in the morning on the way to New Orleans and charge two more hours, but then went to Acadiana park in the afternoon to fill up.
We took the southern route to New Orleans from Lafayette. The plan was to follow the scenic route #76 from the Reader's Digest book. But the range anxiety took over after St Martinsville. I aborted driving to Oaks Manor in Franklin and then drove straight to Slidell supercharger. Extended Stay in Metarie was on the way, so I dropped luggage and wife and then arrive at the charger with 8 miles to spare.
Friday, April 21, 2017
"Tai Soong?" Shaqanette says as soon as we walked in. "Fill in this and this and sign here, sweetheart". Then a white woman, a wiry and petite version of Dame Edna, says "I'd appreciate if you return this when you are done" in a curled southern drawl as we check out the kitchenware. A haggard looking couple outside complains to each other something about getting or not getting a room on the first floor. They all wear this frown on their faces even when they are friendly. It's the weary look you see on Appalachian hillbillies or Okies in faded pictures.
This is Louisiana, the land of Confederacy of Dunces. I forget the plot --it's been decades since I read it in the college -- but it was a tragicomedy about haggard life of a ragtag group of blacks and whites in Louisiana. I meant to re-read, but never had a chance to. Maybe I'll get a e-book version and read it while I'm here. Or, check it out in the library. I'm going there anyway this morning. It's right next to Giles Nissan with J1772 charger.
So we checked in yet another Extended Stay yesterday evening. I don't seem to be able to get away from it. I was gonna book the cheapest motel instead of Extended Stay for the night before continuing to New Orleans. I still got Extended Stay when I booked it on priceline.com. I'm damn glad I did though. We were going to camp out while charging the car but it showered and wife was too tired from the effect of the med she took the night before. And this morning I'm too tired to continue, so we decided to stay here one more night and recuperate.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Tomorrow morning we'll set out for Louisiana. It's another 500 miles to New Orleans from here. It'll take us at least 9 hours so we'll set out early.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
This Extended Stay in Metro Austin is so nice I could stay here for much longer. They originally gave us a dingy room with just one window by the bed. I asked for one with more window, and they obliged with very nice Jr 1 BR with windows on two sides.
We went to the State Capitol afterward, took a few pictures, got hungry and went for a bite at C'ilantro. I'm not keen on "fusion" Asian food as they are mostly sell-outs by people with no culinary self esteem. (There is no fusion French or Italian). But we went for this one since I saw it a few times on TV. And it was a fusion alright, no more, no less. It is a fast food off a truck, so being fusion is excusable, I suppose.
Our next stop? New Orleans. But first, I need to rest one more day. I'm still tired and I don't want risk a sickness.