After a long day of travel, the Roadside MBA team pulled into Tulare, CA late last evening. The plan had been for Mike and Scott to fly to SFO on the first flights of the day and head down to Palo Alto so we could get started around noon. Unfortunately, Mike awoke at 4:30am in Chicago with to a voicemail message from American Airlines. His flight to San Francisco had been cancelled, but the airline had “protected” him on an alternative – a 10 o’clock flight to Palm Springs, connecting to Phoenix, continuing onto San Francisco arriving at 6:30pm. Awesome! Fortunately, a reroute to San Jose was available and our schedule was only slightly affected.
Paul and Scott met at Stanford and joined up with our crew for the week – producer Steve, Mike on camera and Hugh on sound. And, of course, the RV (we should think of a name for her)! It is going to take a little time to get comfortable in the big rig, but she is a beaut. The first time we got gas (and there will be many), Scott had to make a huge detour through a parking lot when faced with a tight left turn. With Paul riding shotgun, Mike has the expansive area in back all to himself but hasn’t yet found the most comfortable seat. But it is definitely easier to tune out the bickering between Scott and Paul upfront.
After a few shots of the RV pulling out of Stanford and a quick stop at SJC to pick up Mike, we got rolling South. There are a few travel landmarks on the route from the Bay Area to the Central Valley – so we had to stop for some photo ops.
Mike tried (and liked!) the garlic ice cream at a fruit stand in Gilroy.
We saw some classic kitch at Casa de Fruita.
Harris Ranch was, of course, a full sensory experience. We did some interviews in their expansive parking lot – once we were cleared by security!
It was a full day, even without talking to any businesses. But, we are really looking forward to our first visit of the week later this morning. We’ll be at Rosa Brothers Milk Company, getting a tour of the farm and the dairy facilities. Stay tuned!!