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Bay Area to Eureka

Discussion in 'California' started by krogers, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. krogers

    krogers Member

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    I'm planning a road trip from the Bay Area to Eureka. The shortest route is US 101. No Superchargers. I've reviewed PlugShare/Recargo and it looks like a couple of good overnight stops at motels (Ukiah, Garberville, or even Mendocino/Ft Bragg if I cut over to Hwy 1).

    My alternative routes:

    1. I-5 (using Supercharger @ Corning) and cut over near Redding to Eureka via Route 299 (187 miles from Corning). Although it's only an extra 50 miles vs the direct route on US 101, I'm not looking forward to route 299 (and Route 36 from Red Bluff looks worse); but each way done in 1 day (thank you supercharging). Total distance from my house 390 miles. Found a reasonable motel in Arcata with EV charging (no know motel/hotels in Eureka with EV charging).

    2. US 101 cut over to the coast at Cloverdale, Ft Bragg or Mendocino (overnight stay, considerable more expensive than Arcata, but EV charging also available), then to Eureka. This is only 20 miles longer than the direct route, but requires an overnight stay to charge in Ft Bragg or Mendocino each way. Total 1-way distance from my house 331 miles. This is actually physically shorter than the direct US 101 route!

    3. Direct route US 101 to Eureka/Arcata (344 miles from my house). Requires very long stops in Healdsburg and/or Ukiah, and overnight in Garberville. Garberville has one very expensive hotel with EV charging.

    4. Leave Model S at home, and drive someone else's gas car (I'll have to remember how to use a gas station). And drive US 101 direct route.

    Boy it would be great to have a Supercharger somewhere near Santa Rosa (ideally north of Santa Rosa) :)

    It looks like by the end of 2014 there will be a supercharger on N US 101 -- it looks like it may be Ukiah or some spot halfway between Santa Rosa and Eureka (perfect!). Once that is in place, this will be a very easy trip (and also make a very easy trip to Mendocino/Ft Bragg).

    But for now, it's a difficult choice.

    Any HPWCs along the way (I have twin chargers)?
    Only a couple of personal residence HPWCs show up in Plugshare. I wouldn't want to impose, except for an emergency.

    Any suggestions from someone who has made a similar trip?
     
  2. Benjamin Brooks

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    I'd do I-5 w/ SuperChargers.

    But I've also charged in Mendocino @ the Stanford Inn (7.2kW J1772 station). If you want to take the scenic route w/ an overnight stay that would be my recommendation.

     
  3. Zextraterrestrial

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    I do Eureka / los Altos fairly often.

    Hopland(Solar living center) has 225-235V/40A outlets and so does the Benbow inn. I stop at Hopland and walk down the train tracks to the piazza de campovida(to stay off 101 across the bridge) pizza and beer + some pretty good salads/soup, also there is wine tasting all over Hopland. Benbow is good for dinner or a walk next to the river if it is early or a round of golf even? food is a bit pricey for Humboldt but pretty good, lots of wines, happy hour 1/2 price on any drink 4-6pm.

    You could you stop in San Rafael at service they have HPWC and that might be faster but not sure what is there besides lots of Maserati and ferrari to look at.

    I-5 is boring but might be quicker. it takes me ~8-8 1/2 hours usually, taking 101. Charge 2-1/2 hours and drive conservatively 62-3mph in 65 zones unless there is traffic which helps lower drag a bit then I just stay with the flow. once you get past ukiah it is pretty

    It sounded to me like there will be more than just 1 SC north of S.F. hope ukiah and Cloverdale/Santa Rosa get them!
     
  4. krogers

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    Thanks...When I looked up Hopland on Plugshare.com, it seemed a little unreliable (based upon the negative posts), and might be too far for my passenger to walk. I think if I go 101, it will require overnight in either Ukiah (cheaper) or Ft Bragg/Mendocino (prettier). I also thought about San Rafael service center, but with a return on a Sunday afternoon -- the SC will likely be closed, and it looks far from any restaurants; so it would mean sitting in the car for 1-2 hours (1 hr if it can pull 80A) -- I'd do it, but my passenger will go stir crazy.

    I-5 looks to be the only way to do this in one day, but requires travel over SR299. Have you driven 299 between Redding & Arcata? Arcata to Corning SC is 187 miles but it looks like there are four different summits (highest at 3214 ft). I'm planning this trip for late March (and given the drought) road conditions should be good. I plan to drive as conservatively as safe to squeeze every mile out of my 85 kWh pack :)

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    Thanks...I have been looking at the Stanford Inn in Mendocino; or perhaps the Beachcomber in Ft Bragg as possible overnight stops. Those are the only two motel/hotels with EV charging that I have been able to find in that area.

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    I have been considering either the Santford Inn in Mendo, or the Beachcomber in Ft Bragg. These are the only 2 motel/hotels that I have found with EV charging anywhere in that area. Also considering overnight in Ukiah at EV friendly motel.

    I know the I-5 route will be fastest, but worry about the long haul thru SR 299 from Redding to Arcata. Still have time to think about it.

    Things were much easier in my old EV with only 100 miles of range. I would just borrow an ICE and drive, would not even consider driving my car.
     
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    Last time I charged at the San Rafael service center, the charger was a 70A Roadster unit with a Model S adapter cable. You'll get about 14kW max from it...
     
  6. Zextraterrestrial

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    I'm pretty sure they have HPWC's outside now, always open.


    I used 46.5 kWhr going from Redding to Arcata (141.5 mi), driving pretty damn fast but no passengers
    used 45.6kWhr going Arcata to Redding (148 mi)
    this was in may with temps ~mid 50's on coast and mid 90's in Redding (ow)


    If you like windy roads you could take Hwy36 too.

    The first couple of times I came up to Humboldt I took I-5 to 299, not sure why, northern 101 is so much nicer. I do like driving 299 but we are removing all of the fun curves. Stupid Safety projects:tongue:
     
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    And are they 80A instead of the 40A limited HPWCs some other Tesla stores / service centers have?
     
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    My wife asked and they said 80A, outside at the back of the store next to Loft. Haven't actually been there, so I would call.
     
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    Definitely call. When I was there (my only time) a few weeks ago, they had two chargers. They were also in a temporary space at the time but were close to full opening. It's possible they've expanded, but I know they always appreciate a call anyway, if you hope to charge.
     
  13. krogers

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    Thanks everyone for the suggestions. For this trip I will go I-5 (Corning Supercharger) then 299 to Arcata. Hwy 36 looked like fun, but not for my passenger -- maybe next time.
     
  14. mhgross

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    Looking for any current info on the Bay Area to Eureka run. There was rumor of a Supercharger going into Willits area. Can anybody confirm? What about Ukiah? Ukiah has some city-run stations but near as I can tell they're 220/40 level 2 at best.

    Any recent experience/info would be appreciated. Thanks.
     
  15. Zextraterrestrial

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    #15 Zextraterrestrial, Feb 2, 2015
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    Petaluma SC should be open pretty soon or now? nothing else until much later this year (Willits, Eureka, Crescent city)
    I recommend trying to top off at Petaluma (at least until charge rate is <10kW) and if needed stop by Benbow Inn (225-35V/ 40A)

    ...From Eureka near Costco to the Petaluma SC area is 232mi and it shows 102% based on the trip calcs in 6.1
    (Eureka to Grants Pass SC shows 78% ~ 200 mi rated which is pretty accurate, I use 210 in winter going fast and 240 w/ sticky staggered wheels)
     
  16. Khatsalano

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    What was the outcome of this trip?

    I am going to Eureka for work from the Bay Area in April and I plan to drive my S85D. I'd normally fly, but the flight times didn't work out for this week. Since this thread, the Petaluma SC has opened, but nothing northward on the 101 corridor. So I plan on going through I-5 Corning/CA 36, with that leg requiring 205 rated miles with my spec. I think this will be fun. :)

    I plan on staying at the Victorian Inn in Ferndale (just outside Eureka) because they installed an HPWC.

    - K
     
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