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

AustinP

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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?

As mentioned already, it is great to plan and simulate your trip and charge stops before you take the road.
It allows you to chose all your way points, and you can adapt the route to whatever you plan.
It offers links to the chargers details, so useful to plan you longer stops (like lunches, shopping...).
My wife likes to have at least one SuC stop in a large shopping/mall. I like to enjoy a nice meal with the family on our way. Overall, makes the journey part of the vacation, and not an unpleasant necessity to reach a destination.
On that topic, I recommend apps like Teslarati's, Chargemaps,... where owners have documented (photos/comments) their experiences at the various SuC, commenting on the amenities around the SuC.

ABRP exists not only in browser version, but they also have a smartphone app version.
Great tool to leave reassured you will not have charging issues.
I often print the route with the charging stops, so the family can see what's the plan.

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

Our S85 has basically the same range as a SR+ and we have been doing road trips in Europe, both during summer and winter times. Every year since 2015. Expect this summer, where our plans for Italy had to be cancelled due to COVID. I really miss hitting the road for a longer journey with the family. We'll see if we can do our winter ski trip...

Anyway, true, with our range, it is a slightly longer journey, but not that much.
You can either take my word for it (don't) or make your own mind by using ABRP to simulate your journey and then switch between car models to see the differences in charge stops and time. You’ll be surprised.

On topic: thanks for sharing @bottomsup
We flew from Europe three years ago to make a road trip like yours, starting with a few days in San Francisco (*), and flying back from Phoenix, trying to visit as much as possible in three weeks: Yosemite, Vegas, Death Valley, Cody (ghost town), Zion, Brice, Arches, Grand Canyon, Lake Powell...
You have amazing parks and nature over there! Not to mention the so many nice people we encountered. Best vacation ever.

(*) Visit to Fremont Factory was squeezed in the planning, very pleased we were able to see where "it" all was happening.
 

Rural E-Car

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Jul 14, 2020
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Lake Monticello Virginia USA
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.
 

Rural E-Car

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This post was very interesting, thanks for writing. I have a new long range AWD model 3 which I purchased in March and haven't used much at all. I've been thinking of taking a long trip and like you am concerned about the anxiety of running out of charge. Interesting how many miles the excessive heat uses up. Fortunately we live on the east coast and 90 degrees is about as hot as it gets. Did you have any issues with non-testa chargers and adapters? Did you buy the set of additional adapters?
 

ArizonaP85

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Sadly agree with observations down to Gallup from Durango (be careful with drunk drivers at night when you only have 4 inches of paint and some faith that they will stay on their side), but once we have the long-delayed Kayenta Supercharger, there will be a much shorter and more scenic route past Monument Valley.
 
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bottomsup

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This post was very interesting, thanks for writing. I have a new long range AWD model 3 which I purchased in March and haven't used much at all. I've been thinking of taking a long trip and like you am concerned about the anxiety of running out of charge. Interesting how many miles the excessive heat uses up. Fortunately we live on the east coast and 90 degrees is about as hot as it gets. Did you have any issues with non-testa chargers and adapters? Did you buy the set of additional adapters?

no problems at all. Each hotel I stopped at had a Tesla wall charger and a j1772. I had to use the 1772 a few times using the adapter that came with the car. I took my home charger just in case but never needed it.

I’m confident to drive this car anywhere now with a bit of pre planning on the route.
 
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GregD60

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This post was very interesting, thanks for writing. I have a new long range AWD model 3 which I purchased in March and haven't used much at all. I've been thinking of taking a long trip and like you am concerned about the anxiety of running out of charge. Interesting how many miles the excessive heat uses up. Fortunately we live on the east coast and 90 degrees is about as hot as it gets. Did you have any issues with non-testa chargers and adapters? Did you buy the set of additional adapters?
Excessive heat really doesn't make too much difference to range, even in temperatures up to 120 degrees in my experience. What does make a big difference to range is speed. Doing 85 MPH instead of 65 will drop your range by about 15-20%.
 
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Excessive heat really doesn't make too much difference to range, even in temperatures up to 120 degrees in my experience. What does make a big difference to range is speed. Doing 85 MPH instead of 65 will drop your range by about 15-20%.

Yeah I often get people saying "I thought this thing had 310 miles of range...we got 250 or whatever". I remind them that their ICE cars have an MPG rating which isn't the same at 80mph as it is at 55mph. AC drains on ICE and EV's equally. Heat in an EV is probably the only big difference.
 
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lighting_m3

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Thanks for sharing your story, nice write up and great pics. We had a trip planned summer 2020 for a similar route, but given COVID-19, it will be either Summer 2021 or 2022. Looking forward to great sites.
 

KenC

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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.
Loved your travelogue, the pictures were amazing!

The different stop recommendations may be due to ABRP optimizing for shortest trip time, while the car optimizes for fewer stops. Shortest trip time usually means more, faster stops, charging in the 10% to 60% range where the charge speed is the fastest.
 

bottomsup

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Loved your travelogue, the pictures were amazing!

The different stop recommendations may be due to ABRP optimizing for shortest trip time, while the car optimizes for fewer stops. Shortest trip time usually means more, faster stops, charging in the 10% to 60% range where the charge speed is the fastest.

Yeah but I also did things in ABRP like tell it I was driving 85 the entire time when I drove closer to 80. I also said my departure SoC was 90% where as a few times I'd let it hit 100% and leave immediately so the battery wasn't sitting at full SoC.
 

Jax 3

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Thanks for your helpful write up and great pix. Like you I've had a LR RWD M3 for two years and 13,000 miles. We planned a long road trip for this year but held off for the usual Covid reasons. Last year we did 8,800 miles in MS and had more fun than anyone or anything. Next road trip 2021? 2022? will be trans-Canada, down the left bank, and back east to the other ocean.
 

daver3

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Apr 8, 2019
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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.
Awesome trip. Thanks for sharing.
Sounds like a great trip and a good way to learn about your Tesla. I had to make a road trip 60 days after receiving my Model 3 and didn't know about the energy app, just thought the miles of range were what you would get. We headed north out of Austin, Texas in freezing weather and a 20 mph North wind in our face. I arrived at the 2nd charging station with 5 miles of range left and we were really sweating it, lost something like 30% in range. After our return I went to the Tesla store and mentioned the situation and she told me about the app. Since then I've had no problems, but I always plan to arrive at each charger with 15% left in the tank and it's always right on, but I haven't had the same cold and wind to deal with.
 
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BM3LRPUP19

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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!

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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.
Did a similar route - hit the ST george and Holbrook charges - in my Black LR RWD M3 two years ago... :)
 

MSPALDING

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Thanks for the great write up. The pictures were excellent. I'm jealous of the drone shots you included. I'm glad you were able to enjoy some excellent parks.

I drove from Denver to a park in your area (Yosemite) last month. We charged at many of the same chargers and I also enjoyed the benefits of using autopilot.
 
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Vines

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I made a similar road trip to the southwest last year. We started in the Bay area, then hit Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon.

We wound through about 4,500 miles between all our site seeing, and visiting family. We saw colorado springs, some of that famous hail (luckily only raisin sized) then came back through wyoming, utah and reno back to the bay area.

If you are in the area, I recommend the supercharger at Blanding Utah. Very nice folks there. We really wanted to see monument valley, but the lack of the Kayenta Supercharger made it a difficult run. We ended up doing Farmington AZ, to Blanding UT (100% charge to 296) all the way through, stopping at monument valley and Kayenta, and made it back to Farmington with 9 miles left. This was with out P, so we are at a range disadvantage compared to the LR RWD.

Today I love road trips in my Tesla, and have no issues driving instead of flying. It has just over 50k Miles on it now, and just hitting 2 years old. I am planning a cross country camping trip next spring as well.
 

ElectricIAC

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Blending is a great SC location! I believe it was also one of the original cross country installs and despite being left behind on upgrades past 120KW very healthy and pulling great speeds (108KW peak) on our BTX5 MX Raven. — Confident it would have pegged at 120 in the P3D.
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