August 19, 2018

Test Driving a Tesla and Go Karts at the Farm


Test Driving a Tesla and Go Karts at the Farm
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for August 19, 2018


The past couple of weeks I have been doing posts on our vacation in July, so I am backed up on activities we've been taking part of in August.  Including our Empty Nester Club Get Together at the beginning of this month at Charlie's on Prior.  We had some new faces show up again this month which always makes it fun and interesting!


Krazy Kory stopped by with Ben and Harli on their way to vacation in Alaska.  It was great to see them, but I'm noticing I'm suddenly becoming the shortest person in the crew.  That can't be good.


We hadn't seen Grandma Leona for awhile, so we made a weekend visit to the farm.  Which is always a good time.


The weather was beautiful while we were there which made it a perfect occasion to take the 4 wheeler cruising.  We all took turns driving and had a good time crushing gravel.


On Saturday night, we headed to ride some go karts which can get a little competitive with this group.


It was a slick track, so there's not a lot of room to build momentum.  You basically get a few seconds to accelerate and then need to focus on making the sharp turn around the corners on both sides.


Everyone stays pretty focused on trying to pass one another, but it seems like everyone was pretty safety conscious also as we had no major accidents to speak of.


Although there was the occasional fender bender that occurred, both drivers usually ended up smiling afterwards.


Miss Sheri told me later that she was surprised how intense my face was while I was driving.  Actually, I tend to clench my teeth together because I'm paranoid someone is going to TBone me and I'll end up shattering my choppers.  Which does make me look a little bit intense I guess.


We went out to eat one night with Sue and Ron Korkowski to Perron's Sul Lago in Prior Lake.  It was our first visit to the popular Italian Restaurant but after eating there I'm quite confident it won't be our last.


We spent a day going down to the Mayo Clinic to see Luke's cardiologist, Dr. Johnson.  He was very pleased with how Luke looked and how his heart looked which is always a big positive for us.  Couldn't ask for any better news than that.


On the way home, Miss Sheri wanted to stop by Zumbrota to see the last covered bridge in Minnesota.  It sure was covered all right.


For his 19th birthday, Luke wanted to test drive a Tesla.  Unfortunately we discovered that you need to be 21 to test drive one.  So I had to do it.


I wasn't sure what to expect, but I found myself to be very impressed with the Tesla Model S.  I had my first experiences with technologies like Auto Pilot, Self Parking, and "Ludicrous Mode" where you can accelerate from zero to sixty in 2.5 seconds.  That literally takes your breath away!


It was a bunch of fun.  Here's a video of our experiences: