09-08-23

DAY 58: SAN JOSE, CA TO BAKERSFIELD, CA

We reached the fifty-eighth day and we started off near San Jose, CA. We visited our sponsor Infineon at their headquarters and met everyone outside. We appreciate Infineon for working with us and sponsoring our tour with the I.D. 4. Rainer spoke with a panel about the new technologies and electric vehicles. There was a mural in Hayward City, CA that depicts and pays tribute to Russell city, a former unincorporated area of Hayward. The city had a history of blues music and this heritage gave birth to the Hayward/Russell City Blues Festival. As we continued driving we saw an interesting bridge structure. California is filled with multi-lane overlapping freeways. Making our way south, we passed by some aqueducts. An aqueduct is a watercourse constructed to carry water from one source to a distribution point far away. There was a bridge over the aqueduct and we continued to drive until we arrived in Modesto, CA. At a grocery store we saw the future on display, there were autonomous 6-wheeled robots that would deliver groceries to customers. They drive on the street and take the groceries to the destination. It is truly an amazing concept and is a continuation of the great technology this area has to offer. A worker kindly told us some information about the robot and also showed us how they can ride over curbs and bumps. The sun was setting over the Star Motel in Chowchilla, CA. A soft purple and pink color palette filled the sky behind the motel sign and many crows lined across the power lines creating an incredible silhouette. Like a spaceship taking off at light speed, we grabbed a photo of the nicely illuminated blue interior of the ID.4. We ended the day by washing the I.D. 4 at a car wash.

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