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2000 Mile Roadtrip from LA to Colorado. First long road trip (Pics)

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2000 Mile Roadtrip from LA to Colorado. First long road trip (Pics)

I never write blogs or long posts but I just went on an amazing trip with my M3 LR RWD and wanted to share. I bought this car 2 years ago and due to work travel and COVID I only have 13K miles on the odometer.

An opportunity arose due to my friend getting married in Colorado and I’ve never been to any of the national parks in the desert south west so I decided to make a rod trip out of it!

I drove from the LA area to Bryce Canyon and stayed a few days, then to Moab UT for a night, then to Durango CO for 3 nights then home through New Mexico & Arizona. Story and Pics follow.

I left around 8am and drove to Bryce. It's a 530 mile trip and took ~9 hours. I roughly mapped out the trip via ABRP with conservative settings to get an idea of the trip and made sure to stay at hotels that had destination chargers.

My first and most range anxiety stop was at Primm, NV. The car said from the start I'd arrive at 7%. If you’ve done this drive from LA after Baker there is a large uphill incline followed by a long decline to state line. Going up the hill I had less range than the distance to destination. My wife was super nervous as was I. I drafted behind a semi which BTW I'm not even sure I did properly as I don’t know how to actually draft LOL. Anyway coming down the hill I regen’ed almost the entire way and arrive with 6% and 19m range. I should have just realized and trusted the car from the beginning.

So hot…so many fires

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This was a pic during the moments of stress

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Me charging in Primm, NV at 118 ambient. 130+ Kw
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We had lunch in the casino and headed on to St George UT. Since my wife was super nervous about range from the prior stop she asked we top off in Vegas so we did. This downtown charger was in a weird place with nothing around. We stopped for 10 mins and it never mattered since we arrived at St George with ~110 of range

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St George, UT was a challenge. It was so hot that day the heading across the NV desert my car registered in at 119F.

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When I arrived in ST I had 104 miles and there was a line at the charger. I had to wait 15 mins then realized why there was a line. The car told me to charge for 20 mins but it took over an hour with ~30Kw max charge speed. It wasn’t just me as other cars were there a long as me and the line grew. I guess it was the heat...it was blazing hot although I charged in Primm at 118F and had no problems.

This was the only ‘annoyance’ in charging but we made the best of it and I made it to Bryce which is a large elevation gain with 29% SOC...i guess I waited too long in the St George heat and that slow 30Kw

I stayed at the Bryce Canyon Best Western. They had 4 chargers. No problems although one of them requires you to post in a no parking spot to make the cable reach. Bryce is ~8-9K feet so the temp was cooler. Still hot with highs in the 90s. I’ve didn’t know that any state had an 80mph speed limit but Utah does!

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This is the part where we deviate from the car a bit. Stayed 3 days. Hiked and rode horses. Amazing place...breathtaking

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From Bryce we headed to Moab and stopped at Green River which was a great charging station with a very good local restaurant across the street.

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Moab was very hot ~110F, but Arches national park was as expected. I figured I’d be able to drive through get out for a few mins, take it in, and get back into the car. I was able to do that. Camp Mode was awesome for this Yeah yeah I know there are hikes and things I could have done but I wouldn’t be in this trip if it weren’t for the wedding so the time of year and temps were just part of the coincidence of me even having driven here in the first place.

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In Moab we went to a winery after an amazing drive along the Colorado river. I knew Utah had strict laws on drinking but man this was a let down. I knew something was up with the tasting was $1 per person . The drive was amazing though and that’s what matters

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Finally, the wedding! I wish we had more time on Moab but alas we woke up and headed to Durango. In Durango our hotel had 4 destination chargers and no problems finding an open spot. We stayed at the DoubleTree which was a amazing hotel on the local river.

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Downtown Durango was very cool. Lots of small locals shops and a great Winery named Four Leaves

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This is an Aerial shot of the historic narrow gauge train depot

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Durango was beautiful and we took this awesome historic train ride from Durango to Silverton. This ride is 9 hours pre-COVID but only 3 now due to 50% capacity and the financial ability of the entire run. It was still amazing.

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Oh and we couriered the bride’s vale all the way to the wedding!

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After 3 days in Durango having a great time with friends, we headed home through New Mexico and Arizona. Coming into New Mexico from Colorado put us in the Navajo Indian Reservation. Talk about a depressing place. The landscape was ugly, the roads were bad, and there were “do not drink and drive signs” all over the place including the do not enter signs all over the media separated highway which suggests a lot of people go flying down a divided highway the wrong way.

We stopped to charge in Gallup, NM which IMO is a skip. There is nothing in walking distance at all. That said charging was fast!

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We also stopped at Holbrook, AZ. We didn’t need to charge but were hungry an there is a Burger King there. Now off to Flagstaff where we spent a night and hit local bars which was fun as it’s a college town. We charged at the super charger which is in the hotel parking lot we stayed in and then woke up to head home the next day. On the way home we stopped in Needles, CA just past the border. I suppose I forgot to take a pic because I can’t find one but it’s a good spot at a Dairy Queen which fortunately in this blazing hot place has partial shade on the chargers depending on on time of today you go. I was there about 9:30am

From there we headed to Barstow which requires a solid charge as the elevation gain is ~4K feet and it’s one of the most desolate drives I’ve ever done. There is absolutely nothing out in the Mojave desert except blazing heat and sand. Running out of charge or breaking down out here would suck. It was ~150 miles and I used 250 miles of range to achieve it but I arrived with plenty.

Charging in Barstow was nice. They have 12 stations and shade. There are several places to eat in a short walking distance.

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From there I was home in 90 mins!

This was a great trip and while my wife didn’t really understand for me in addition to seeing these amazing sites I wanted to see what it was like to drive an EV thousands of miles and frankly as I mentioned at the beginning I’ve had this car 2 years with only 13K miles and I wanted to road trip away from this COVID isolation. The trip was amazing, the car is amazing. A few closing thoughts

1. Charging is not slower than pumping gas. Yeah filling the tank takes 5 mins, charging takes 15-30 mins depending on the situation but after driving for hundreds of miles for multiple hours getting out to get a drink, stretch, grab a bite is what I would have naturally done anyway and the time at the stop felt totally normal.

2. The issue in St George was an anomaly IMO. It was almost 120 degrees ambient and the charger was busy.

3. The drive was super smooth and EAP relieves a lot of driving fatigue. I don’t know how to explain it but using EAP makes you far less tired than normal driving. I was able to stretch my legs, enjoy some scenery, and overall feel more relaxed.

4. Lastly…..it’s amazing to me that we have technology that can hurl me across the desert in 100+ temps at 85mpg for hundreds of miles in luxury on a battery!!

I hope you all enjoyed reading this. I enjoyed writing it.


Great report!
Wondering what's the spec of your car and how many miles per kWh did you get during this trip?

I have a late 2018 LR AWD. When it was new it used to show 310 miles when fully charged. Now it shows 282. I don't know if that is good, bad or as expected.
 

fritter63

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Great pics!

But after living in Denver for 20 years, I'll never drive my own car through Colorado or Utah during the summer months. I'm officially done with baseball sized hail!
 

Dondix

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2000 Mile Roadtrip from LA to Colorado. First long road trip (Pics)

I never write blogs or long posts but I just went on an amazing trip with my M3 LR RWD and wanted to share. I bought this car 2 years ago and due to work travel and COVID I only have 13K miles on the odometer.

An opportunity arose due to my friend getting married in Colorado and I’ve never been to any of the national parks in the desert south west so I decided to make a rod trip out of it!

I drove from the LA area to Bryce Canyon and stayed a few days, then to Moab UT for a night, then to Durango CO for 3 nights then home through New Mexico & Arizona. Story and Pics follow.

I left around 8am and drove to Bryce. It's a 530 mile trip and took ~9 hours. I roughly mapped out the trip via ABRP with conservative settings to get an idea of the trip and made sure to stay at hotels that had destination chargers.

My first and most range anxiety stop was at Primm, NV. The car said from the start I'd arrive at 7%. If you’ve done this drive from LA after Baker there is a large uphill incline followed by a long decline to state line. Going up the hill I had less range than the distance to destination. My wife was super nervous as was I. I drafted behind a semi which BTW I'm not even sure I did properly as I don’t know how to actually draft LOL. Anyway coming down the hill I regen’ed almost the entire way and arrive with 6% and 19m range. I should have just realized and trusted the car from the beginning.

So hot…so many fires

n8OlGTH.jpg


This was a pic during the moments of stress

lm6SMgG.jpg


Me charging in Primm, NV at 118 ambient. 130+ Kw
0oWgO2J.jpg


We had lunch in the casino and headed on to St George UT. Since my wife was super nervous about range from the prior stop she asked we top off in Vegas so we did. This downtown charger was in a weird place with nothing around. We stopped for 10 mins and it never mattered since we arrived at St George with ~110 of range

1iE65bn.jpg


St George, UT was a challenge. It was so hot that day the heading across the NV desert my car registered in at 119F.

2Ppo7o4.jpg


When I arrived in ST I had 104 miles and there was a line at the charger. I had to wait 15 mins then realized why there was a line. The car told me to charge for 20 mins but it took over an hour with ~30Kw max charge speed. It wasn’t just me as other cars were there a long as me and the line grew. I guess it was the heat...it was blazing hot although I charged in Primm at 118F and had no problems.

This was the only ‘annoyance’ in charging but we made the best of it and I made it to Bryce which is a large elevation gain with 29% SOC...i guess I waited too long in the St George heat and that slow 30Kw

I stayed at the Bryce Canyon Best Western. They had 4 chargers. No problems although one of them requires you to post in a no parking spot to make the cable reach. Bryce is ~8-9K feet so the temp was cooler. Still hot with highs in the 90s. I’ve didn’t know that any state had an 80mph speed limit but Utah does!

80kIrn2.jpg


This is the part where we deviate from the car a bit. Stayed 3 days. Hiked and rode horses. Amazing place...breathtaking

ZZpClbt.jpg


TGM6CzI.jpg


a5bAOVA.jpg


oXgFycB.jpg


From Bryce we headed to Moab and stopped at Green River which was a great charging station with a very good local restaurant across the street.

q9cICow.jpg


Moab was very hot ~110F, but Arches national park was as expected. I figured I’d be able to drive through get out for a few mins, take it in, and get back into the car. I was able to do that. Camp Mode was awesome for this Yeah yeah I know there are hikes and things I could have done but I wouldn’t be in this trip if it weren’t for the wedding so the time of year and temps were just part of the coincidence of me even having driven here in the first place.

KHyxV4p.jpg


Qqhso3T.jpg


3h2Vg4v.jpg


f3uaBYh.jpg


In Moab we went to a winery after an amazing drive along the Colorado river. I knew Utah had strict laws on drinking but man this was a let down. I knew something was up with the tasting was $1 per person . The drive was amazing though and that’s what matters

ZuQaPDc.jpg


Qqhso3T.jpg


yX6GlSD.jpg


Finally, the wedding! I wish we had more time on Moab but alas we woke up and headed to Durango. In Durango our hotel had 4 destination chargers and no problems finding an open spot. We stayed at the DoubleTree which was a amazing hotel on the local river.

010ACw8.jpg


5e2mbZc.jpg


Downtown Durango was very cool. Lots of small locals shops and a great Winery named Four Leaves

QDBTCGX.jpg


This is an Aerial shot of the historic narrow gauge train depot

aPMQjQZ.jpg


Durango was beautiful and we took this awesome historic train ride from Durango to Silverton. This ride is 9 hours pre-COVID but only 3 now due to 50% capacity and the financial ability of the entire run. It was still amazing.

ric0c8o.jpg


ik4KhcT.jpg


Oh and we couriered the bride’s vale all the way to the wedding!

BWCedu1.jpg


After 3 days in Durango having a great time with friends, we headed home through New Mexico and Arizona. Coming into New Mexico from Colorado put us in the Navajo Indian Reservation. Talk about a depressing place. The landscape was ugly, the roads were bad, and there were “do not drink and drive signs” all over the place including the do not enter signs all over the media separated highway which suggests a lot of people go flying down a divided highway the wrong way.

We stopped to charge in Gallup, NM which IMO is a skip. There is nothing in walking distance at all. That said charging was fast!

YMrJjet.jpg


We also stopped at Holbrook, AZ. We didn’t need to charge but were hungry an there is a Burger King there. Now off to Flagstaff where we spent a night and hit local bars which was fun as it’s a college town. We charged at the super charger which is in the hotel parking lot we stayed in and then woke up to head home the next day. On the way home we stopped in Needles, CA just past the border. I suppose I forgot to take a pic because I can’t find one but it’s a good spot at a Dairy Queen which fortunately in this blazing hot place has partial shade on the chargers depending on on time of today you go. I was there about 9:30am

From there we headed to Barstow which requires a solid charge as the elevation gain is ~4K feet and it’s one of the most desolate drives I’ve ever done. There is absolutely nothing out in the Mojave desert except blazing heat and sand. Running out of charge or breaking down out here would suck. It was ~150 miles and I used 250 miles of range to achieve it but I arrived with plenty.

Charging in Barstow was nice. They have 12 stations and shade. There are several places to eat in a short walking distance.

JNmsVmM.jpg


From there I was home in 90 mins!

This was a great trip and while my wife didn’t really understand for me in addition to seeing these amazing sites I wanted to see what it was like to drive an EV thousands of miles and frankly as I mentioned at the beginning I’ve had this car 2 years with only 13K miles and I wanted to road trip away from this COVID isolation. The trip was amazing, the car is amazing. A few closing thoughts

1. Charging is not slower than pumping gas. Yeah filling the tank takes 5 mins, charging takes 15-30 mins depending on the situation but after driving for hundreds of miles for multiple hours getting out to get a drink, stretch, grab a bite is what I would have naturally done anyway and the time at the stop felt totally normal.

2. The issue in St George was an anomaly IMO. It was almost 120 degrees ambient and the charger was busy.

3. The drive was super smooth and EAP relieves a lot of driving fatigue. I don’t know how to explain it but using EAP makes you far less tired than normal driving. I was able to stretch my legs, enjoy some scenery, and overall feel more relaxed.

4. Lastly…..it’s amazing to me that we have technology that can hurl me across the desert in 100+ temps at 85mpg for hundreds of miles in luxury on a battery!!

I hope you all enjoyed reading this. I enjoyed writing it.


Thank you so much for sharing this trip. And the beautiful pictures. Makes me want to jump in the Tesla and GO!
 
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bottomsup

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This is a great write up! Love it. Can you explain the 'charging is not slower than the gas station line?" I don't quite understand it.
What i meant was putting gas in an ICE is much faster but after driving 3 hours and a few hundred miles my wife and I wanted to get out to walk around, stretch the leg, get a bite to eat, etc.. The time taken was the same as filling a car with gas. For example, fill car with gas in 5 mins, park it, go into convenience store shop around and eat vs plug the Tesla in, do the same thing, and it takes the same amount of time.

Now that i think about it at chargers where there where restaurants in walking distance (which was most of them) we ate better and were more relaxed waiting for the car to charge. In terms of food the Green River, UT charger was my favorite.
 

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Thank you so much for this report...I also have a 2018 model 3, live in park city utah, but from Colorado...I’ve been really hesitant to go on a road trip but your encouragement might make it possible...thinking of driving to Oregon in September but was going to rent a car because I was so unsure of the charging times...sounds like it’s very doable thanks to this info...again I appreciate your testimony...

Susanne Barnes

do it!!! it will be fine. I took the UMC (universal mobile charger) that came with the car and never needed. Make sure to take the J1772 adapter. I had to use that once at a non Tesla destination charger.
 

Joulez

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Thanks for taking us along on your trip and brought back great memories of our Olympia to St George trip in 2019. I let my 3 decide where to go and I was so pleased it wasn't interstates all the way. Agree about the charger in Las Vegas and drove around the block at least three times before someone noticed and pointed up to the second floor of the parking garage where it was located. Loved the Lone Pine Supercharger and the Western Movie museum there in an old movie theatre. Funny story - my spouse had not driven my car yet and one morning said he would like to drive it. I started to tell him about all the cool things she would do and he scoffed and said he had been driving for over 50 years and didn't need a car to tell him what to do. Speeding ticket within the first 10 minutes. As the Nevada highway patrolman finished writing the ticket, he asked my spouse if he know that the car was self driving and advised he should have let the car do it. Did my best not to burst out laughing. Guy was actually really nice and reduced it from 62 in a 35 to 45 in a 35. Next road trip will be camping by myself in the car on the way from Olympia to Taos next May. I will stay at campgrounds but thinking I might try and find a popup tent to put in the back to give me some privacy. Anyone tried that?
 
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bottomsup

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Thanks for sharing your experience bottoms up. Both with your 3 and your trip! Appreciate the detail.

We just returned from a trip to Zion and Bryce. Would have taken our Y but could not sort out paint issues and get it wrapped in time. So off in our MDX. I was running something of a virtual trip though on ABRP. Nice to see your approach v what I was thinking. I took my first long trip with my buddy down in Orlando, driving out to Key West. To your point, charging never seemed a burden, by the time we hit the restroom, grabbed a drink and stretched out legs the car is charged. It’s given me all the confidence to head out in one of ours. One question. Your stop in Primm. That seems really low. Maybe it’s my lack of long distance EV trips experience. Would you do that again or top off in Barstow?

Yeah I wouldn't do that again. I have driven to Vegas before and stopped in Baker, 15 min charge and arrived in the city no problems. Since this was my first leg on this road trip I wanted to push the car to it's limit and trust it. End result the car was correct within 1% but my stress wasn't worth it. There are plenty of chargers so no need for the stress. From the LA/OC area there is Barstow, Yermo, Baker, Primm. I'll be stopping earlier next time for piece of mind.
 

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Fantastic trip and wonderful pictures. Thank you. I’d appreciate it greatly if someone would explain “ABRP” to this newish (3 months) Tesla owner?

It's "A Better Route Planner".

A Better Routeplanner

It has a many settings and is pretty complex but I only configured the top speed setting and the beginning SOC. I played with it a lot and found if i put the top speed at 85 it will often recommend to stop and charge when the car (during the actual trip) will tell me to skip those charging stations entirely. It's basically a fancy trip planner that can give you a sense of where you need to stop and for how long and if you set it conservative you can be sure you'll have zero issues.
 

bottomsup

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Great report!
Wondering what's the spec of your car and how many miles per kWh did you get during this trip?

I have a late 2018 LR AWD. When it was new it used to show 310 miles when fully charged. Now it shows 282. I don't know if that is good, bad or as expected.

how many miles on your battery and have you cycled it draining lowish and recharging?

This is my info. I left with ~13.5K miles and returned with 15.5K.

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When I set it to 100% charge it would get up to 308 and say 20-30 mins left but i stopped it and took off. I only did that in the morning right before leaving so it wasn't sitting at 100% SOC for any longer than required. Most times i only charged to 90%
 
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We made a trip last year from CO to LA with a lot of sightseeing along the way, about 2,800 miles total. The trip was effortless, and only a few times on the whole trip did we find ourselves waiting for the car to charge, and only for about 5 to 20 minutes each time. Other than that the car was generally waiting for us to finish eating, use the bathroom, buy some snacks, etc. Here's a quick highlights of the trip.

- Denver to Glenwood Springs, picked up lunch at a deli, drove to the Glenwood Springs Supercharger, and ate lunch while charging.
- Glenwood Springs to Moab, checked into our hotel, did a little sightseeing, ate dinner at a very tasty Thai restaurant while charging the car at the Moab Supercharger.
- Spent a day and two nights in Moab, mostly in Arches NP
- Moab to Bryce Canyon NP bypassing the interstates, taking Hwy 24 through Capitol Reef NP, Escalante, and spending the night in Tropic, UT, charged up to 95% in Green River, the Green River Supercharger is right next to a park so we had a picnic brunch there. We stayed at a combined motel/RV park in Tropic, so we could charge the car on the 14-50 RV outlet. This was the only part of the trip that took any planning ahead.
- Bryce Canyon NP to Las Vegas with stops in Zion NP and St. George. Went sightseeing in Bryce Canyon NP in the morning, had lunch, and took hwy 89 to 9 through Zion NP (hwy 9 through Zion is spectacular). Hit the In N Out in St. George and went to the St. George Supercharger to eat a late lunch while supercharging. Then drove to Vegas, arriving about 8:00PM, wandered around downtown and had a bite to eat, charged the car at the hotel.
- Las Vegas to Los Angeles via the scenic route. This way takes an extra hour or so, but the direct route from Vegas to LA is just plain ugly and boring. Take 15 out of Vegas to Nipton Rd., then cut through the Mojave National Preserve, then Amboy, on the way to the Twentynine Palms Supercharger. The Supercharger is at a casino, so you can use the facilities and eat there. We decided to eat at a place in town instead, so we had about a 20 minute wait while supercharging. This was the only part of the trip to LA where we were waiting on the car, and that was just because we decided to eat somewhere other than the casino and not do takout.

For the return trip we took the southern route
- LA to Phoenix, ate lunch while supercharging in Blythe, sightseeing in the Phoenix area
- Phoenix to Truth or Consequences, NM via Tombstone. Two supercharger stops before Truth or Consequences, had lunch at one, the other we had to wait about 15 minutes while the car charged. Spent the night in Truth or Consquences, just a place to sleep, nothing else to recommend it.
- Truth or Consequences to Denver - our longest single day of driving, pick up take out lunch in Santa Fe and supercharge to 95% while eating, we had to wait 5 or 10 minutes after finishing eating before the car was done charging, the next Supercharger was in Trinidad, CO which is a pretty good distance from Santa Fe. Charge up for about 20 minutes in Trinidad, had to wait for about 10 minutes after using the bathroom and picking up snacks. Stopped in Colorado Springs and ate dinner while charging at the Supercharger, plenty of places to eat within walking distance.

To be efficient, it takes a little bit of planning to coordinate food and Supercharger stops. Other than that, if you stay on the interstates, you should have no problems travelling just about anywhere in the country. The only tricky part of our trip was from Moab to Bryce Canyon while sightseeing and staying off the interstates. The only charging options along the way were a couple of destination chargers or RV parks with 14-50 outlets. We have a LR AWD Model 3, so it's pretty efficient for road trips.
 
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noobla3

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Agreed with you on all your points!! We just did a 6600 mile road trip in our X, and felt exactly the same way. I can’t wait to road trip again in our Tesla - whether it’s the 3 or the X, it’s an experience like no other. So easy to do!! Completely changes my opinion of long road trips.

One tip I’ve learned for the next one is to bring a washcloth and leave it in a cooler. Placing a wet washcloth on the Supercharger handle seems to speed things up when it’s hot. Keeping them cool regulates the charging speed!

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Envy. Would be much more difficult for me in a SR+.
 

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2000 Mile Roadtrip from LA to Colorado. First long road trip (Pics)

I never write blogs or long posts but I just went on an amazing trip with my M3 LR RWD and wanted to share. I bought this car 2 years ago and due to work travel and COVID I only have 13K miles on the odometer.

An opportunity arose due to my friend getting married in Colorado and I’ve never been to any of the national parks in the desert south west so I decided to make a rod trip out of it!

I drove from the LA area to Bryce Canyon and stayed a few days, then to Moab UT for a night, then to Durango CO for 3 nights then home through New Mexico & Arizona. Story and Pics follow.

I left around 8am and drove to Bryce. It's a 530 mile trip and took ~9 hours. I roughly mapped out the trip via ABRP with conservative settings to get an idea of the trip and made sure to stay at hotels that had destination chargers.

My first and most range anxiety stop was at Primm, NV. The car said from the start I'd arrive at 7%. If you’ve done this drive from LA after Baker there is a large uphill incline followed by a long decline to state line. Going up the hill I had less range than the distance to destination. My wife was super nervous as was I. I drafted behind a semi which BTW I'm not even sure I did properly as I don’t know how to actually draft LOL. Anyway coming down the hill I regen’ed almost the entire way and arrive with 6% and 19m range. I should have just realized and trusted the car from the beginning.

So hot…so many fires

n8OlGTH.jpg


This was a pic during the moments of stress

lm6SMgG.jpg


Me charging in Primm, NV at 118 ambient. 130+ Kw
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We had lunch in the casino and headed on to St George UT. Since my wife was super nervous about range from the prior stop she asked we top off in Vegas so we did. This downtown charger was in a weird place with nothing around. We stopped for 10 mins and it never mattered since we arrived at St George with ~110 of range

1iE65bn.jpg


St George, UT was a challenge. It was so hot that day the heading across the NV desert my car registered in at 119F.

2Ppo7o4.jpg


When I arrived in ST I had 104 miles and there was a line at the charger. I had to wait 15 mins then realized why there was a line. The car told me to charge for 20 mins but it took over an hour with ~30Kw max charge speed. It wasn’t just me as other cars were there a long as me and the line grew. I guess it was the heat...it was blazing hot although I charged in Primm at 118F and had no problems.

This was the only ‘annoyance’ in charging but we made the best of it and I made it to Bryce which is a large elevation gain with 29% SOC...i guess I waited too long in the St George heat and that slow 30Kw

I stayed at the Bryce Canyon Best Western. They had 4 chargers. No problems although one of them requires you to post in a no parking spot to make the cable reach. Bryce is ~8-9K feet so the temp was cooler. Still hot with highs in the 90s. I’ve didn’t know that any state had an 80mph speed limit but Utah does!

80kIrn2.jpg


This is the part where we deviate from the car a bit. Stayed 3 days. Hiked and rode horses. Amazing place...breathtaking

ZZpClbt.jpg


TGM6CzI.jpg


a5bAOVA.jpg


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From Bryce we headed to Moab and stopped at Green River which was a great charging station with a very good local restaurant across the street.

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Moab was very hot ~110F, but Arches national park was as expected. I figured I’d be able to drive through get out for a few mins, take it in, and get back into the car. I was able to do that. Camp Mode was awesome for this Yeah yeah I know there are hikes and things I could have done but I wouldn’t be in this trip if it weren’t for the wedding so the time of year and temps were just part of the coincidence of me even having driven here in the first place.

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In Moab we went to a winery after an amazing drive along the Colorado river. I knew Utah had strict laws on drinking but man this was a let down. I knew something was up with the tasting was $1 per person . The drive was amazing though and that’s what matters

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Finally, the wedding! I wish we had more time on Moab but alas we woke up and headed to Durango. In Durango our hotel had 4 destination chargers and no problems finding an open spot. We stayed at the DoubleTree which was a amazing hotel on the local river.

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Downtown Durango was very cool. Lots of small locals shops and a great Winery named Four Leaves

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This is an Aerial shot of the historic narrow gauge train depot

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Durango was beautiful and we took this awesome historic train ride from Durango to Silverton. This ride is 9 hours pre-COVID but only 3 now due to 50% capacity and the financial ability of the entire run. It was still amazing.

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Oh and we couriered the bride’s vale all the way to the wedding!

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After 3 days in Durango having a great time with friends, we headed home through New Mexico and Arizona. Coming into New Mexico from Colorado put us in the Navajo Indian Reservation. Talk about a depressing place. The landscape was ugly, the roads were bad, and there were “do not drink and drive signs” all over the place including the do not enter signs all over the media separated highway which suggests a lot of people go flying down a divided highway the wrong way.

We stopped to charge in Gallup, NM which IMO is a skip. There is nothing in walking distance at all. That said charging was fast!

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We also stopped at Holbrook, AZ. We didn’t need to charge but were hungry an there is a Burger King there. Now off to Flagstaff where we spent a night and hit local bars which was fun as it’s a college town. We charged at the super charger which is in the hotel parking lot we stayed in and then woke up to head home the next day. On the way home we stopped in Needles, CA just past the border. I suppose I forgot to take a pic because I can’t find one but it’s a good spot at a Dairy Queen which fortunately in this blazing hot place has partial shade on the chargers depending on on time of today you go. I was there about 9:30am

From there we headed to Barstow which requires a solid charge as the elevation gain is ~4K feet and it’s one of the most desolate drives I’ve ever done. There is absolutely nothing out in the Mojave desert except blazing heat and sand. Running out of charge or breaking down out here would suck. It was ~150 miles and I used 250 miles of range to achieve it but I arrived with plenty.

Charging in Barstow was nice. They have 12 stations and shade. There are several places to eat in a short walking distance.

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From there I was home in 90 mins!

This was a great trip and while my wife didn’t really understand for me in addition to seeing these amazing sites I wanted to see what it was like to drive an EV thousands of miles and frankly as I mentioned at the beginning I’ve had this car 2 years with only 13K miles and I wanted to road trip away from this COVID isolation. The trip was amazing, the car is amazing. A few closing thoughts

1. Charging is not slower than pumping gas. Yeah filling the tank takes 5 mins, charging takes 15-30 mins depending on the situation but after driving for hundreds of miles for multiple hours getting out to get a drink, stretch, grab a bite is what I would have naturally done anyway and the time at the stop felt totally normal.

2. The issue in St George was an anomaly IMO. It was almost 120 degrees ambient and the charger was busy.

3. The drive was super smooth and EAP relieves a lot of driving fatigue. I don’t know how to explain it but using EAP makes you far less tired than normal driving. I was able to stretch my legs, enjoy some scenery, and overall feel more relaxed.

4. Lastly…..it’s amazing to me that we have technology that can hurl me across the desert in 100+ temps at 85mpg for hundreds of miles in luxury on a battery!!

I hope you all enjoyed reading this. I enjoyed writing it.
 

bluepcc

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Excellent trip! Got my 2018 LR Dual Motor, 12/20/18, now at 24,000 miles. Although we haven't traveled out of state (Arkansas) this year, most all miles were road trips. Been to Arizona, a separate trip to New Mexico, New York, PA, another to North and South Carolina coasts, and other trips in between. Much of it secondary, non-interstate, highways. It can be done with a little planning.

By the way, Texas has 80 and 85 mph highways as well as 75 mph two lanes.
 
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Cintoman

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Wow, what a phenomenal trip you took. I swear that your car looked like a totally different color in some pics. I have a 2018 M3 LR AWD that I took delivery at the end of Sept 2018, and up until my long trip, only had about 12,000 miles on it. I live in RI, and every year, we drive down to the Lake Norman (Mooresville,NC) area, rent a house on the lake, and spend a week down there. I too was dying to road trip my car, and while it was nowhere as far as yours, it was still a pretty decent drive...about 840 miles one way. I've done this trip a bunch of times, so i'm familiar with the highways, but this would be the first time having to supercharge along the way.

I echo your comment when you mentioned that it was such an easy drive with EAP. I think I actually drove myself about 5 or 6 of the 840 miles. It was such a relaxing drive, almost like I was sitting down in the comfy seat just watching a beautiful movie unfold in front of me thru the windshield. We stopped at 4 Superchargers each way. My wife thought we'd have to spend an hour or so bored out of our minds, waiting for the car to charge up. But each stop was only about 20-25 minutes. And all were in convenient locations with walking distance to chain restaurants. In fact, on at least 2 occasions, we didn't even get our lunch yet, and the car was telling us it was ready to continue on our trip!

Looking forward to doing even longer trips with this car. And hopefully, one day, get to your side of the country and experience the wonderful areas you photographed. Thanks so much for "taking" us along !!

--Cintoman
 
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Laftree1

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Cool Out of Spec Motoring ( u tube) did a Major road trip Florida to Montana camping most of the way and showed how a wet cool rag speeds up the charge time due to Handel getting hot and It sensors then throttle it but if it’s kept cool it speeds up the rate. So I went to my local supercharger and tried it out works great I’ll be using this trick.Great post I plan on a a few trips Ca to Washington state.
 
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