Tier Point Run to Sofia in Jan 2024

This is another installment of my series of TP runs to Sofia. In June, July and Dec of 2023, I did a number of trips out to Sofia, just to collect TPs. There was another opportunity in Jan 2024 to collect more cheap TPs, so here I am!

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The Cheesecake Factory in San Jose
The Cheesecake Factory in San Jose
The Cheesecake Factory in San Jose
The Cheesecake Factory in San Jose

Tier Point Run to San Jose in Nov 2023: Day 3 – Afternoon in San Jose

By Nige on Fri 10 Nov 2023 at 17:16
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Story: Tier Point Run to San Jose in Nov 2023
Tags: San Jose | SJC | USA

I had decided to reserve a hire car for this trip – I managed to get a half-decent deal, it should avoid costly taxi costs to get around town and give me more scope for seeing the surrounding area.

The status of my Model 3 battery on my way out of the Car Rental Center
The status of my Model 3 battery on my way out of the Car Rental Center
The status of my Model 3 battery on my way out of the Car Rental Center
The status of my Model 3 battery on my way out of the Car Rental Center

I headed over to the Car Rental Center at San Jose airport and discussed with the Hertz rental team a switch to using a Tesla, rather than the Polestar 2 that I had ordered. I ended up with a Model 3.

Eventually I headed out of the airport and the Sat Nav took a while to work out where I was. The Sat Nav voice was turned off and the Model 3 user interface is very different to the Model S.

With only me in the car to work this all out, whilst trying to reach my hotel for the night, it was a bit of a struggle. Got there in the end!

My room at the Hampton Inn, San Jose Airport
My room at the Hampton Inn, San Jose Airport
My room at the Hampton Inn, San Jose Airport
My room at the Hampton Inn, San Jose Airport

Arrived at the Hampton Inn & Suites, San Jose Airport and luckily my room was available early.

So that allowed me to check in and chill out in my room.

I caught up with the Vickster, who had had a long day chasing x-rays of her finger, but having made great progress with our ensuite refit.

I decided I would drive out to The Cheesecake Factory (TCF) for a late lunch/early dinner.

The lovely chocolate bread that starts every TCF meal
The lovely chocolate bread that starts every TCF meal
The lovely chocolate bread that starts every TCF meal
The lovely chocolate bread that starts every TCF meal

It took about 15 mins to get there and along the way I was very conscious of simple navigation decisions, which could have easily led me to going off track.

When I am with Vick as a secondary advisor, she quickly picks these things up.

The fact that I kept on track on this trip was more down to luck than judgement.

My chicken quesadilla enjoyed at TCF in San Jose
My chicken quesadilla enjoyed at TCF in San Jose
My chicken quesadilla enjoyed at TCF in San Jose
My chicken quesadilla enjoyed at TCF in San Jose

I considered ordering my usual stuffed mushrooms, but fancied a change. So I ordered the chicken quesadilla as a starter.

Remembering how big starters were at TCF, I decided to wait to order anything else until a bit later.

I did have my eye on a Korean BBQ chicken dish. That was going to have to wait until my next visit!

My lemon raspberry cheesecake from TCF
My lemon raspberry cheesecake from TCF
My lemon raspberry cheesecake from TCF
My lemon raspberry cheesecake from TCF

I was pretty full after my quesadilla, so I decided to bypass main course and go straight to cheesecake.

I ordered my usual as take-out so that I can enjoy in the comfort of my own room.

As always, it was well tasty!


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Nige is one of the co-founders of The Billingham Blog and works as a freelance management consultant. He loves to fly in his spare time!

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