Day 1 • Biddeford Pool, ME to Buffalo, NY • ME, NH, VT, NY

DSC02342Whew !  Long day !  I left Biddeford Pool, ME at about 7:15 am.

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Kate, Evan and Thelma all got up to send me off.

Dana made me an omelette  so I was fueled and the car was too – 263 miles in the battery.  I took I-95 down into New Hampshire and turned West on 101, headed to Manchester.  I think every police car and officer was out on the highway giving tickets.  The traffic wasn’t too bad, especially since I was taking smaller roads.  The drive to a roadside stop outside of Manchester at Hooksett was easy.  I pulled into the superchargers (the only one there of course), spent about 30 minutes and I went to the car to head to Brattleboro, VT.  Another white Tesla driven by another Richard pulled in.

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I could have made it to Albany with the charge that I had, but I like breaking up the drive as much as possible, so I stopped in Brattleboro for a short time for a boost.

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The Brattleboro chargers were in a small cheesy shopping center so I got a small iced coffee at Dunkin  Donuts and headed for Albany.  I had no idea what that part of New Hampshire looked like..  small, charming New England towns surrounded by trees, mountains (the Eastern version of mountains), lakes.  A nice drive, but small roads with slow cars in front.  I passes up a hill with an extra lane and got stopped by one of those New Hampshire state police cars.   The guy was very nice and told me not to pass like that going up a hill and sent me on to Albany.

I arrived in Albany at the upscale mall to find 3 other cars at the superchargers !  Four of us there at once !

DSC02388 I went to Whole Foods and got some sushi for lunch, killed a few minutes in LL Bean, and when I got back to my car there were 6 cars charging !  It looked like a Tesla parking lot !  I had the only light colored car.

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As I left Albany I sent a text to Brenna, telling her that I just might get to Buffalo in time to meet her for dinner.   I drove for a couple of hours to get to Syracuse where I met a woman who had just bought her car, lived nearby and was charging to get home.  I talked to her for a while, then left for Buffalo.  Another 2 1/2 hours and I was approaching Buffalo.  Most of the trip across New York I drove about 73-75mph.  The speed limit was posted at 65 but everyone including the state police seem to accept 75 as the speed limit so I went with it.

 

 

At 7:40 I arrived at Cole’s restaurant where Brenna, her Father and a friend, Mark met me for (what else ??) wings and a beer !  I’ve had wings before but nothing like these !  Delicious !!  and such a pleasure being with Brenna and her Dad.  Both lawyers, each of them appreciative of having the other in the same city.  It was a lovefest with Tesla stories, catching up on family and gallery while we ate the best wings in Buffalo (always up for debate, but this place seems to be in the running).  Thanks guys for a fun evening !

I still hadn’t charged in Buffalo, so I went back to the Superchargers and plugged in.  Almost as soon as I did, a bright red new car pulled in nearby.  A very nice guy with his family were on their last leg from DC to their home in Toronto.  The kids were in the 2 seats in back.  It was funny to have him open the back hatch and instead of me taking my overnight bag out, 2 kids popped out of the back !   Fun.

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He was only an hour away from home, so he didn’t stay too long.  I charged all the way up since the next stop is Cleveland (Macedonia, OH) at over 200 miles away.  By that time it was just past 11.  I decided to just check in nearby and get some sleep, so here I am.

I made a reservation at an Aloft hotel and arrived to find these open spaces right at the front of the hotel.   Thank you Aloft for the primo spot !!

 

DSC023961 am as I finish this post.  Tomorrow I head south.   Goodnight.


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