Day 4 • Normal, IL to Kansas City, MO

Today was sure different than the rest of the trip.  I started in Normal, ILIMG_5129
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.

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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.. IMG_5170 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..

 

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After we talked I walked around the property and saw his animals.  IMG_5163A whole herd of pygmy goats with a bunch of really cute babies…  These two are 4 months old..

 

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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.

 

 

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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 !

 

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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..

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See you in Kansas !  and maybe Colorado !!

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