SXG+: The Road Trip
I'm now home and settled in after a whirlwind trip to +SXSW with +Superdave Houdini, and getting back to work on +LocalSense. We drove over 2,000 miles in total to +HIRL with amazing Google+ community members like +Carter Gibson, +Amanda Blain, and +Moritz Tolxdorff. It's over for me now, but the afterglow of meeting even more amazing people than I did at the #DCHIRL will linger with me for a while yet, and the impressions they've made upon me will be permanent.

It started in Raleigh, NC where I departed at around 6:30 PM to meet +Superdave Houdini in Valdosta, GA at around 2 AM. One Georgian speeding ticket later, I was #scheming with my soon-to-be roatrip partner (who'd just arrived from Miami, FL!) and +Raleigh Burke in a Google Hangout for an hour or two before hitting the road again.

We stopped in Tallahassee, FL for some breakfast and #starbucks ( #buxxin !) while I knocked out a few work tasks, and were New Orleans-bound within the hour. We soon passed a sign for a place called “Buc-ee's”, which was apparently 797 miles away ( #WTF ?) [1]. This is apparently a thing, and there's not one-but multiple posts on The Internet™ about that particular sign.

Following up our post-breakfast journey with a stop on Bourbon Street [2] for some wings was an absolute must, and we rewarded our success in overtaking +Amanda Blain (who was stuck way back Atlanta on the +StartupBus!) with a drink or two before cramming back into my car and cranking some #whitegirlfriday jams. Thankfully we had #bluetooth in the car, so +Superdave Houdini was able to play the appropriate soundtrack for the epic that was already unfolding.

There was more +Starbucks Coffee to be had in Baton Rouge, LA [3] before heading out on the final stretch to Texas, fueling our excitement as we looked forward to the upcoming shenanigans in Austin. Texas indeed greeted us with all its majesty, a grandiose lone star at a rest stop just across the border, where one of Mini-Supes' (R.I.P.) last photos was taken... (photo forthcoming!) but US-10 had some surprises for us before we'd land for the night.

Just as we were passing through Vidor, TX, we encountered bumper-to-bumper traffic that we later learned was the result of an overturned truck somewhere along that particular stretch. Not especially excited to endure three hours worth of traffic, we decided to route two hours down towards Bridge City [4] and then west to Winnie before picking up US10 again on the way into Houston, where we stayed with the brilliant and gracious +Calvin Christopher for drinks, intellectual discourse, and planning for the following day.

We all sadly lost a good partner and great friend that night [5], but we weren't to be thwarted-the show must go on! We had three hours remaining, and needed to be back on the road. So off we went! [6]

I'm sure all the others will document the happenings in Austin sufficiently, so I'll save my insight for later--but I'll end with a special thank you to +John Fanavans, +Summer Fulcher, and the rest of you who met us that night when we arrived. That night certainly set the tone for the remainder of what turned out to be one of the most alive, and vibrant, and incredible experiences possible.

Thank all of you for making Google+ for what it is.

+Aaron Kasten +Al Ebnereza +Amanda Blain +Anna Lowry +Brett Bjornsen +Calvin Christopher +Carter Gibson +Daniel Armendariz +Daniel Enloe +Daria Musk +Erika Stahoski +Gisel Ocañas +John Fanavans +Johnny Roquemore +Joltrast . +Justin Myers +Ken Pham +Keyan Mobli +Laurie DesAutels +Liza Sperling (how did we miss each other?!) +Megan Noel Rhea +Michael O'Reilly +Michele Predmore (even though we didn't get to meet!) +Moritz Tolxdorff +Rory Swan +Sheighla Friel +Summer Fulcher +Superdave Houdini +Trey Ratcliff +Yifat Cohen.

(Did I miss anyone? Recording them here for posterity and more!)

Photo credit +Al Ebnereza, who is the man.

[1]: https://plus.google.com/116354326277822099288/posts/DFPv5HMVDzj
[2]: https://plus.google.com/116354326277822099288/posts/PVHXLcXReuW
[3]: https://plus.google.com/116354326277822099288/posts/Fah5dZVjPpg
[4]: https://plus.google.com/116354326277822099288/posts/GXLjio86ua4
[5]: https://plus.google.com/111562638514922412630/posts/97Fh6BTo7gT
[6]: https://plus.google.com/107345301833335315063/posts/WaprzVgZky5
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