Day 6

I woke to a fully charged car !!  Dialing down to 36Amps seems to work !  Through Plug Share, one of the few apps to find chargers across the country, I found a lawyer who offered his charger in his garage.  I called him and arranged to meet. Thank you Mark Steiner, you made my stop in Buffalo much easier. You are generous to have offered.

Mark Steiner with his Leaf.  Thanks Mark

Mark Steiner with his Leaf. Thanks Mark

I also called Brenna, who used to work at the gallery, to meet for breakfast.  When she was at the gallery we always had great times discussing, books and movies and popular culture, the latest bad/good tv show and of course our dogs.  Brenna picked me up at  Mark’s house and took me on a quick tour of Buffalo, and then to breakfast.

Nice Buffalo houses

Nice Buffalo houses

It was nice to see Brenna again.  She looks great and seems really happy.  Good for you xo.

I left Buffalo with enough miles to get to Rochester/Canadaigua KOA with lots to spare.

I dialed down again and charged enough in about 3 hours to get me to Herkimer with miles to spare.  The drive was easy, except my E-ZPass can’t seem to be read through the Tesla windshield that has metal in it.  I read in the forums where others have had the same issue.  I tried the pass in different spots.  It works about 1 in 6 times.

I had called ahead to try to get a space and a cabin to spend the night in Herkimer, and found that the cabins had been rented for quite a while.  There was one spot with a 50Amp plug.  I took it and found out that 7 miles away in town was a motel.  As I drove through Herkimer to get to the KOA, I found myself driving through mud and water everywhere.  On the road to the campground there were rocks, puddles and lots of mud, all fresh and wet.  When I got to the campground I was told about the 5″ of rain they got 2 days ago, and then 4″ more yesterday.  Yiles !!  I plugged in, dialed back the Amps and stayed around a little while to make sure everything was working.

Charging and not charging in Herkimer

Charging and not charging in Herkimer

I called a taxi to get to the motel, and he called me when he was nearby and told me the road was washed out and closed, so I had to walk to where he was.  We got lost on the way back since most of the roads were closed.  Finally I arrived at the motel, checked in and checked my Tesla app to see how much the car had charged.  The charger was off.   I called KOA and told them and they sent someone over to turn it back on, which he did, and it worked for a little while and then went off again.  I just couldn’t risk waking up to no new charge, so I checked out, took the taxi back and left Herkimer (I just never had a good feeling there, so this seemed right) with about 112 miles on the car to drive to Albany, about 84 miles away.  I found a Hilton Homewood Suites that had just installed 2 chargers (30 Amp).  I drove very slowly (like 57-61) in a 65 zone.. in the rain.  I made it to Albany at 12;45 am with about 34 miles left.  Not something I want to do too often.

The Green parking spots

The Green parking spots

Charging at Homewood Suites on a 30Amp charger

Charging at Homewood Suites on a 30Amp charger

In Albany I’m only charging at 30Amps which is about 18 miles per hour.  I should have enough in the morning to get me to Northampton, Mass where I will have to spend about 6 hours charging to have the almost full battery to get me to Maine.

Whew !  What a day.  Not my easiest.   2:30 am  goodnight.


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