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888 Mile Road Trip: NY -> Richmond, VA -> VA Beach -> Ocean City, MD -> NY

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  1. aaron.s

    aaron.s Member

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    #1 aaron.s, Jun 21, 2013
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    919.4 Mile Road Trip: NY -> Richmond, VA -> VA Beach -> Ocean City, MD -> NY

    Hello All!

    Doing my longest road trip to date (and will cross the 10,000 mile mark) from NY to Richmond, VA to VA BEach to Ocean City, MD and back to NY over 4 days.

    All posted on the @TeslaRoadTrip Twitter Page! Join me - I left this morning!

    https://twitter.com/TeslaRoadTrip

    Map of entire trip:
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    Aaron
     
  2. Todd Burch

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    Hey Aaron, there's a 14-50 available for you in Smithfield between Richmond and VA Beach if you need it!

    And see if you can scope out the location of the upcoming Supercharger in the Richmond area! :).
     
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    #3 aaron.s, Jun 21, 2013
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    Todd

    Thanks - just got back from dinner with my sister and her kids... Made it here from the DE Supercharger with 40 projected miles remaining from a range charge. Averaged 294 Wh/mi at 70 mph with A/C on 72!

    Luckily, a few months ago when she was having electrical work done, her electrician installed a 14-50 for me in the garage next to the breaker box for $150! So I will have a full standard charge when we leave for the beach tomorrow. Only 125 miles or so, so I'll be fine - but thanks a lot!

    On Sunday afternoon will charge "Serenity" up at the VA Beach Whole Foods for my monday drive up to Assateague Island for Kayaking then a dinner in Berlin, MD at a fellow Model S owners home and a few hours of charging to make it up to the DE Supercharger Monday evening then home.... It will be a full, long day!

    Aaron

    Model S - "Serenity" - Happily Charging
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    Outlet I had installed in my sisters home
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    Impressive stats!
    Since last charge - DE Supercharger to Richmond, VA - 70 mph Avg. A/C on 72.
    Trip A - Whole trip so far
    Trip B - Lifetime mileage
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    Energy meter - last 30 miles to Richmond, VA
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  4. Enadler

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    Aaron have a great trip. Maybe on the way back home you can scope out some of the service areas in Northern Jersey to see where the superchargers are going. My best guess from the map is the Vince Lombardi Service Center but it is really hard to be certain.

    Have fun at the beach!
     
  5. stsanford

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    Aaron,
    Way cool. Living the dream. As a fellow NY-er, makes me proud to see you doing the road trip thing! I am doing LI to MD in Late July so I'll be using the DE Supercharger as well.
    Enjoy the trip!
    -Scott
     
  6. loganss

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    Aaron,

    Is your Berlin, MD stop the only way you're able to make it out to Ocean City, MD with enough charge? I briefly looked at making a trip out to Ocean City, MD and charging locations looked very sparse. Hope you have a good trip.
     
  7. aaron.s

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    Hi Logan

    Virginia Beach to the Newark, DE Supercharger is 255 miles -- too far to make on a single charge. It just so happens that one of my fellow @TeslaRoadTrip drivers lives in the Ocean City, MD area - so I will be dropping in for a visit and charge for a couple of hours while we have dinner. From there it 's only 114 miles to the supercharger, so even 2 hours charging to get another 60 miles added should be more than enough.

    Before reaching Ocean City, one of my two sisters and her husband and I will be stopping off at Assateague Island for a Kayak tour of the area and the wild horses! Should be amazing and will be documenting the whole trip including charging at the Whole Foods Market in Virginia Beach!

    Aaron
     
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    Hey Aaron- I hate to sound like Flasherz but that hole under the breaker box should really get fixed. Nonetheless, have a great trip, fun and safe
     
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    Yikes! I didn't even notice that!

    Will mention it to my sister! Thanks!

    Aaron
     
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    arondaniel Il Sessanta Caricato

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    Have fun! I guess you're driving past my place in N.News on I64 right about now. I would offer you a 40a charge as well but I see upthread you don't need one.

    -Aron
     
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    Arrived in VA Beach! Richmond, VA -> VA Beach Stats:

    118.6 miles, 39.2 kwh used, 330 Wh/mi average. Pano roof and windows open wide and music blasting the whole way!
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    Stopped by the local Whole Foods for drinks, snacks and to check out the charging situation....
    ICE'd! Had to wait 15 minutes to get into a spot where the cord would reach!
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    Charging Works! 17 mi/hour...
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    Finally.... The Hotel & Beach!
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    Aaron
     
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    Aaron did you speak with Whole Foods about being Ice'd? Do they have signage or policies regarding the spots?
     
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    I did in fact speak with the Manager. They just recently put in the charger and don't have the spaces painted green or signs up yet. I suggested both and also filled out a comment card!!

    Will get there early tomorrow morning to leave the car charging until full...

    Aaron
     
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    Great. Have a fun time at the beach and a safe trip back.

     
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    Aaron, fantastic meeting you earlier. Thanks for letting me check out the car and for quick trip out on the road-boy, that acceleration is something! I look forward to reading about the rest of your trip and the Assateague adventures.
     
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    Random observation regarding Aaron's pictures:

    I wonder if Tesla will get the trip meter UI updated before or after someone hits 100,000 miles.
     
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    What a great trip and adventure you must be having!

    Note to self: I should start looking for charging stations @ Whole Foods, and recommend them if they are NOT already installed.
     
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    notmyernie

    Was *great* meeting you last night as well. So thrilled you joined the forum just to contact me and satisfy your insatiable curiosity for all things Tesla and Elon Musk! I love to spread the good word and inform others of what a great car and company Tesla is!

    Aaron

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    All -

    Had a great weekend with my sisters, brother in law and 3 nieces in VA Beach. This morning, my sister from Michigan, my brother in law and I are driving north to Assateague Island for a Kayak tour and viewing the wild horses & ponies. Really looking forward to this part of the trip as well. I'm just over the 500 mile mark for this trip so far!

    Left the Model S at Whole Foods Market (about 4 miles away) for the day and charged her up to 240 miles... took about 7.5 hours (17 mi/hr - 190 volts @ 30 amps). Had the chance to meet a fellow Tesla admirer that has been following us here on the forums for the past couple of weeks. She signed up just to private message me. She met me at Whole Foods and we spent some good quality Tesla Time and I took her for a short drive.... What a community!

    Here are a few more pictures to share....

    Map of next leg:
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    Charging yesterday @ Whole Foods:
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    Dueling Pedicabs on the VA Beach Boardwalk
    My sisters, brother in law and nieces:
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    View of the beach from the hotel:
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    Aaron
     
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    Aaron,
    Interesting comments from the Whole Foods manager. I used the same chargers at Whole foods on one of my first road trips from northern Virginia to VA Beach in February and had major problems with ICEing then. I also left a comment card and spoke to the store manager. Sorry to hear nothing's changed with their signage, they have no special marking/paint on the spaces nor a sign saying EV parking only etc. compared to the cost of chargers, those would be minimal cost, seems to me they aren't motivated to make that happen. To make matters worse, the spots are prime spots right near the entrance, another temptation to ICEers. At least they were nice enough to let you charge for 7.5 hours!
     
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    All -

    Did *unbelievably* well on the flat terrain during the drive from VA Beach -> Assateague Island area!
    Had I continued going, this would have been a 300 mile range charge! Had a great time kayaking and did manage to see a herd of wild ponies. Beautiful weather and a great 3 hour diversion.

    After kayaking, I headed up to the Ocean City, MD area to a fellow @TeslaRoadTrip members home for a couple hours of 14-50 charging to give me a little buffer for the drive straight up to the DE supercharger - although truth be told, I *possibly* could have made it without the stop. I am here now charging and updating this thread!

    My sister brought her iPhone in a waterproof case - as soon as I get some pictures of the kayak tour, I'll post them here!

    Stats for VA Beach -> Assateague Island area:
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    Energy Graph for the last 30 miles of this leg:
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    Oh DE Supercharger, how fond I am of thee......
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    Stats of the Ocean City, MD -> DE Supercharger leg:
    Not bad for 65-70 mph with the windows open (nice night - pano roof closed though)
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    Energy graph for the last 30 miles of this leg:
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    Aaron
     

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