Today was sure different than the rest of the trip. I started in Normal, IL
where I had used a supercharger in a parking structure over the Amtrak station. All good. I left at around 8 for St, Louis. I called yesterday and talked to the people at the Tesla Service Center when the Four Seasons snooty hotel wouldn’t let me use their High Power Wall Connector unless I stayed in the hotel. They suggested 2 other hotels with chargers, but then when I called back and talked to Hunter, he said that there was a HPWC right near the back garage door, and he could leave it out for me. Perfect. Thank you Hunter ! I pulled in behind the closed service center and there was a HPWC cable waiting for me. I quickly plugged it in and saw that it was going to take 3 hours plus.. better than a KOA but certainly not a Supercharger ! After a while someone poked his head out of the back door and introduced himself as Cameron. He was there to make room for a car that was being delivered today, and then to take his lovely wife and daughter for a ride to enjoy the beautiful day. He was very nice, and offered me food and drinks, and helped me with a bucket and soap and tools and rags to wash my car. It is so nice to have the car all white and clean again. I even used their window foam and the right rags and chamois. After a while, and after meeting another Tesla owner with a white car and a new iPhone6, Cameron and his family left for their drive.
Four hours later, I finally had a full battery and headed toward Kansas City. Unfortunately Kansas City is almost exactly the same mileage as what I had in the car. Cameron said it wasn’t a good idea to drive all the way, so I went to an RV park that was about 60 miles out. Jonesburg Gardens Campground where Sharon told me over the phone that Bob would meet me and lead me to a spot. Probably number 26 or 27. I pulled in and there was Bob, with a twinkle in his eye who led me to #26 where I plugged in. Back to 26 mph charging.. so I thought. Bob stayed and talked for quite a while. I found out he had a son in Rio Rancho and heard all about his daughter-in-law, and about the goats and the ducks and his ponds.. He asked about the car, and said that he wanted to get a Supercharger in his RV park so all the Tesla owners could come and use his vending machines. Funny guy..
After we talked I walked around the property and saw his animals. A whole herd of pygmy goats with a bunch of really cute babies… These two are 4 months old..
I checked the car to find out that the breaker had popped and I wasn’t charging.. I tried again and dialed down the amps. Still popped. I really needed some cushion for this trip and I wasn’t getting it very fast. I switched locations and tried another plug. Same thing. So I dialed it down to 27 amps from the 40 it was supposed to be getting and after about 2 and a half hours I had 40 miles to spare.. I couldn’t wait any longer. I still had a 3 hour drive and a reservation at the Raphael Hotel in Kansas City where they have a HPWC.
I was driving right into the sun which was not easy, and I was in cruise control at about 60 mph in a 70 zone.. I was being passed by every car on the road.. Humiliating and painfully slow, but I had to make it to KC !
After 3 of the longest hours ever.. I made it to Kansas City. I still had 58 miles in the car when I arrive, so I guess I could have driven faster, but who knew… I checked into this nice old hotel, plugged in my car and went upstairs to a very nice room and a pillow with my name on it…. I was exhausted and crashed.. which is why I am writing this the next morning..
See you in Kansas ! and maybe Colorado !!