Houston, to Baton Rouge, LA – 270 miles.

Posted March 10th, 2013 at 10:42 am by Elliott Alexander   |  No Comments ››
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Sunday, March 10th.   Saturday night was pretty uneventful,  Juan was worn out from the stressful afternoon of almost running the Tesla down to zero charge in The Woodlands, me I wanted to stretch my legs and explore the the City Center shopping area near our Four Point Sheraton hotel in West Houston.  Another great deal hotel deal of $46 from Priceline, name your price.

Sunday upon waking we are ready to move on, heading East we take a short detour to pass through downtown Houston and snap a few pictures.   We head East on I10 and stop in Beaumont for lunch at a truck stop and to charge the car at a local RV park about a half mile from the lunch spot.   The short charge has added about 50 miles on the battery, we want to avoid a repeat of Saturday.  Baton Rouge is not only 184 miles away and we settle on a cheap motel Southeast of downtown, by I12 and Airline Highway.  We make Baton Rouge by evening, tThe motel is about one and a half miles from a Nissan dealership which does not gate the lot after hours- sweet.   We are able to charge the Telsa at the EV charger in the center of the dealership lot and we run back to the motel.  It’s raining and Juan pulls his calf muscle during the run back.  I guess it will be my turn to do the running from now until the end of the road trip.  Juan covered for me a few times earlier in the trip.  Juan retires for the night while I venture back out in the rain to grab dinner at an Applebee’s up the road.  Getting back to the motel, I find Juan has locked me out of the motel room (AGAIN).  Second time this has happened on the trip.  It take ten minutes of banging on the door and the motel front desk clerk calling to the motel room.  I was about ready to call the fire department and he opens the door (Hey, you trying to get in?) da.

The next morning I run back over to Royal Nissan to retrieve the Tesla.  Again, it’s raining.  I stop to thank the dealership staff for use of their charger.  I’m told many of the staff were ogling the Tesla during the morning.  Every dealership we have been to for charging the car has been more than pleasant, friendly and happy to host us.  It’s fun to tell them about our trip across the country.

We double back to downtown Baton Rouge to check out the scene.  Photos below.

Mobile Manor R.V. Park Beaumont, TX.
Mobile Manor R.V. Park Beaumont, TX.
Stopping for lunch and to recharge the battery a little at a nearby RV park just off of I10
Juan with the owner of the Mobile Manor RV Park.   Stopping for lunch and to recharge the battery a little off of I10 on our way to Baton Rougue.  I think he charged us no more than $10 and we charged for at least an hour and a half.   We probably didn’t even need to charge, but it’s always good to be on the safe side.

 

The photo above was taken earlier in the day.  This photo was taken the next morning.  We charged the Tesla for free at Royal Nissan.  Dropped the car off after 9PM and picked it up in the morning.  I left a note on the front dash in case they needed to contact me.  They were extremely nice and pleasant, even though we didn't get permission in advance to charge overnight.
The photo above was taken earlier in the day. This photo was taken the next morning. We charged the Tesla for free at Royal Nissan. Dropped the car off after 9PM and picked it up in the morning. I left a note on the front dash in case they needed to contact me. They were extremely nice and pleasant, even though we didn’t get permission in advance to charge overnight.
I'm a heat seeking missile when it comes to finding interesting spots.  I suggest to Juan for us to go and check out this building.
I’m a heat seeking missile when it comes to finding interesting spots. I suggest to Juan for us to go and check out this building.
Lo and behold, it's the State capitol building of the great state of Louisiana.
Lo and behold, it’s the State Capitol Building of the great state of Louisiana.  It’s a beauty of a building inside and out.

 

The main lobby of the state capitol building of Louisiana
The main lobby of the State Capitol Building of Louisiana
Louisiana State Senate Chamber meeting room.
Louisiana State Senate Chamber meeting room.

 

The Confederacy never dies.  Currency for sale at the tour office at the top of the tower of the State Capitol building.
The Confederacy never dies. Currency for sale at the tour office at the top of the tower of the State Capitol building.
View North of the Mississippi River and ExxonMobil refinery which apparently is the second largest refinery in the U.S. with a input capacity of 503,000 barrels per day.  Odd it doesn't look so big from the tower of the State Capitol Building.  According to Wikipedia it's also the 11th largest in the world.
View North of the Mississippi River and ExxonMobil refinery which apparently is the second largest refinery in the U.S. with a input capacity of 503,000 barrels per day. Odd it doesn’t look so big from the tower of the State Capitol Building. According to Wikipedia it’s also the 11th largest in the world.

 

View South from the tower of little, downtown Baton Rouge and the Mississippi River. Guess we came across that I10 bridge the evening before.  The gorgeous garden faces the front of the capitol building.
View South from the tower of little, downtown Baton Rouge and the Mississippi River. Guess we came across that I10 bridge the evening before. The gorgeous garden faces the front of the capitol building.

 

Great pic from Juan's iPhone ultra wide angle.  Mississippi River from the top of the State Capitol Building.
Great pic from Juan’s iPhone ultra wide angle. Mississippi River from the top of the State Capitol Building.
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