Kansas City looked beautiful this morning as I left.
Once I got on the road the landscape opened up and I was in the West. I love the West ! Wide open spaces and a big beautiful sky ! It was relaxing, soothing as I drove toward a Supercharger in Salina, Kansas. The speed limit was 75, and most of the traffic was moving at about 80-85 so off I went, knowing that I could charge quickly ahead and so didn’t have to think about mileage. I used 213 rated miles to go 179 miles, but that was OK. I still had 52 miles when I arrived in Salina to charge.
Next stop, Hays, KS 95 miles away. Whoever said all of Kansas was flat and ugly is wrong. This part of Kansas is beautiful rolling hills, trees, some lakes. That was an easy leg. I arrived at the Superchargers to see a black Tesla with Montana plates. As I was plugging in and then answering questions from someone in the parking lot (that happens pretty much always), the other Tesla owners were approaching. Walter Rowntree and Laura Reynolds decided to spend a year and drive around in their Tesla seeing the sight, riding their bikes, going on hikes, meeting people at RV parks, whatever the road brings. The seem like they are having a blast ! It was fun talking to them. THEY understand why I drove to Maine last year, and what an interesting and fun experience it was. They are writing a blog as they go. They don’t post too often, but it’s a fun kind of story and written with a nice quirky sense of their journey and the road.
You can find the blog here: http://teslatent.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/on-the-road-finally/
Walter loved my postcard of the rug so he is holding it up in the photo.
It’s so much fun to meet other Tesla drivers on the road.
Next stop Goodland, KS. Ok, now I get why people say Kansas is flat and windy. Beautiful sky and clouds, but the wind makes driving more difficult, and cuts down on the range slightly. I pulled into those superchargers in the parking lot of a Holiday Inn Express. There wasn’t much else around so I went inside to get out of the wind and rain. Inside, someone asked who’s Tesla was outside, and asked lots of questions. He just kept saying “Great” and “Amazing”. It is amazing how often this happens. I was mostly charged for my next leg to Limon, Colorado. That is beginning to feel sort of close to home ! Amazing clouds and sky for the whole way, and as I pulled into Limon the sun was beginning to set and turn a nice warm orange. Really pretty.
I pulled out my camera and was taking pictures nearby when a guy in a pickup pulled up next to me and asked if I was the Tesla driver. I guess he works for the local paper, and has a blog about beer. He asked all sorts of questions. I showed him the car and the monitor. He loved the interior and called over his young son who had just come from football practice. He may write something about my trip and Tesla. I gave him my blog. I’ll send him my photo album too.
(if anyone wants to see that: http://richardlevy.smugmug.com/Category/Tesla)
Since the sun was setting and really needed to get to Lone Tree tonight, I set out with 227 miles in the battery on Colorado 86. I thought this was going to be a bigger road. I drove for almost half an hour before I saw anyone else on this road. It went straight across Colorado to Lone Tree. I was still able to see silhouettes of the trees and hills for the first part of the drive. After a while I came to a stop light on this road. In the middle of nowhere ! Was this a joke ?? I sat there at a red light for a couple of minutes, wondering if it was ever going to turn green. It finally did and I realized it was a construction zone and there was only one lane for a section. That happened 3 times on that road. Odd to just sit there in the dark at a red light. After about an hour and a half, I got to civilization and some light, and soon I was at I-25 not too far from my last Superchargers in Lone Tree, south of Denver, and right next to IKEA.
Now THIS is a Supercharger ! It’s at a pretty high end mall with a Tesla showroom, so they use this for their cars too. I understand it is all temporary and there will be another Supercharger in Denver soon.
Since I need to get to Raton tomorrow to charge at a KOA , I need as many miles in the battery as possible. At about 10:30 I am fully charged and ready to find the nearby hotel. Tomorrow is going to be another long day. I drove about 615 miles today. Who says an electric car can’t do this ??!
See you tomorrow as I approach New Mexico !!
If anyone has any questions about driving a Tesla around the country, feel free to e-mail me. I will be glad to give you any information I have based on my experience.