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DAY 63: LOS ANGELES, CA

On day sixty-three, we started up around Hawthrone, CA. The weather was surprisingly not the best and gloomier than we anticipated from the Golden State. We then paid a visit to the SpaceX corporate headquarters located in Hawthorne. Outside SpaceX’s headquarters, the booster that stuck the first Falcon 9 rocket landing stands tall on display. The Falcon 9 is commended as the first orbital class rocket that is capable of reflight. We also saw the Hyperloop Pod. The Hyperloop Pod Competition was an annual competition sponsored by SpaceX from 2015–2019 in which a number of student and non-student teams participated to design and build a subscale prototype transport vehicle. It was incredible to witness some of Elon Musk’s history-breaking dreams on display in Los Angeles. In California, these roads are all over the state, and quite frequently we saw these highways with multiple lanes stacked over one another. Heading southbound, we were able to use the carpool lane. This is the lane for cars carrying two or more-people. We charged the I.D. 4 at an Electrify America station and the stations were completely full of ID.4s A chopper style motorcycle was being driven on the highway. The chopper was painted very cool and had a sissy bar that would stretch upward from the rear axle. We then made it to Monrovia, CA and visited Webasto. Webasto is partnered with Harring. Webasto success took off by creating the first convertible roofs for vehicles. We are very grateful for them hosting us and giving us the chance to speak about the project and tour. Afterwards, we took a photo with the lovely crew. After our Webasto visit, we used our time to get our rear Textar brakes from TMD Friction checked. The brake linings look nearly new and there is no surface glazing or outbreaks visible. A contact pattern from the center of the brake lining is in formation, which indicates that it is still in the bedding phase, although 20,000 mi were conducted already. This is explained by the predominant regenerative (electrical) braking, which is to be expected on pure electric vehicles like our ID.4. The day became complete with the sun casting a golden glow over Los Angeles and we could also see the smog from this vantage point.

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