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Christmas Road Trip 2015

breser

AutoPilot Nostradamus
Aug 28, 2014
2,314
94
North Bend, WA
I haven't been posting much. But my 85D has about 26,000 miles on it and tomorrow we start out on a road trip from North Bend, WA to Topeka, KS. Which is 1,876 miles and 16-18 super charger stops (there are 2 that are optional in there but look like we can skip them) each way. Bought a GoPro to make a video and will be posting some thoughts along the way here.

Raw Data North Bend, WA to Topeka, KS December 19th - 21st






SLC*SLC*SLC*RR**RR**TP***TP***
LocationDriverTime°FOdometerMileskWhWh/mileRange ModeNo Range ModeBattery %Estimate %
Leaving Homebreser7:5346260850002562549862
Arriving Ellensburg, WAbreser9:29222616378.431.540114114053N/A
Leaving Ellensburg, WAbreser10:2823261630002612599916
Arriving Pendleton, ORbreser13:243826341177.661.8348353313N/A
Leaving Pendleton, ORbreser13:4938263410001561555914
Arriving Baker City, ORbreser15:12342643290.937.941.718177N/A
Leaving Baker City, ORbreser15:5034264320001901877220
Arriving Boise, IDbreser18:413926559127.142.9338333212N/A
Leaving Boise IDbreser19:1941265590001931917315
Arriving Twin Falls, IDbreser21:143526688129.250.6391982N/A
Leaving Twin Falls, IDbreser22:2043266880002472449430
Arriving Tremonton, UTbreser0:453626838149.954.7365484617N/A
Leaving Tremonton, UTbreser7:4736268380002392369158
Arriving South Salt Lake City, UTbreser9:03322691779.331.539712312146N/A
Leaving South Salt Lake City, UTbreser9:2432269170001951937422
Arriving Price, UTbreser11:203127035117.941.6353424115N/A
Leaving Price, UTbreser11:3631270350001261244825
Arriving Green River, UTbreser12:42352710367.318.7277585722N/A
Leaving Green River, UTbreser13:0635271030001721706521
Arriving Grand Junction, CObreser14:27372720299.237.6379343312N/A
Leaving Grand Junction, CObreser15:0546272020002021997635
Arriving Glenwood Springs, CObreser16:23362729492.533.6364797729N/A
Leaving Glenwood Springs, CObreser16:4836272940001831806922
Arriving Silverthorne, CObreser18:34242738894.336.2384504919N/A
Leaving Silverthorne, CObreser19:2224273880002332308831
Arriving, Limon CObreser until 27,449 then creser22:113027547158.447297595722N/A
Leaving Limon, COcreser22:3330275470001631616221
Arriving Goodland, KScreser0:062827657110.236.2328323011N/A
Leaving Goodland, KScreser0:5828276570002352328931
Arriving Hays, KScreser4:013027803146.153.1363414015N/A
Leaving Hays, KSbreser4:3037278030001731716526
Arriving Salina, KSbreser5:48282789996.137.6391363413N/A
Leaving Salina, KSbreser6:2328278990001921917326
Arriving Topeka, KSbreser7:513528007107.240.9381444216N/A
breser drove 1568 miles
creser drove 354 miles
total driven 1922 miles
trip duration 45 hours and 58 minutes (46 hours rounded up), includes charging and sleep stops.



Raw Data Topeka, KS to North Bend, WA December 26th - 28th







SLC*SLC*SLC*RR**RR**TP***TP***
LocationDriverTime°FOdometerMileskWhWh/mileRange ModeNo Range ModeBattery %Estimate %
Leaving Topeka, KSbreser5:4746281181.30.53492302288740
Arriving Salina, KSbreser7:124428225108.244.2408706826N/A
Leaving Salina, KSbreser7:3444282250001731706521
Arriving Hays, KSbreser8:57332832196.442.243819186N/A
Leaving Hays, KSbreser10:0953283210002572549731
Arriving Goodland, KSbreser11:262128467145.667.246112114N/A
Leaving Goodland, KSbreser12:50212846700026426110050
Arriving Limon, CObreser14:221728582114.658.7512494718N/A
Leaving Limon, CObreser14:5117285820001831806936
Arriving Denver, CO (Airport Way)breser16:06192866078.232.8420636123N/A
Leaving Denver, CObreser16:4519286600002162138237
Arriving Silverthorne, CObreser18:09-12874281.934.1416908733N/A
Leaving Silverthorne, CObreser18:3619287420001851827038
Arriving Glenwood Springs, CObreser20:11102883593.826.9286868432N/A
Leaving Glenwood Springs, COcreser20:4010288350001971957436
Arriving Grand Junction, COcreser22:04142892892.634.5373716926N/A
Leaving Grand Junction, COcreser23:13192892800026426110024 (Price)
Arriving Green River, UTcreser0:36212902899.44242211110942N/A
Leaving Green River, UTbreser6:4914290280001571556026
Arriving Price, UTbreser7:58102909567.130.5455444317N/A
Leaving Price, UTbreser8:3510290950001981957526
Arriving South Salt Lake, UTbreser10:481929213117.941348464517N/A
Leaving South Salt Lake, UTbreser11:1819292130001821796934
Arriving Tremonton, UTbreser12:25142929178.428.4363787629N/A
Leaving Tremonton, UTbreser13:2114292910002542529632
Arriving Twinfalls, IDbreser15:451729442151.155.6368504818N/A
Leaving Twinfalls, IDcreser16:3345294420002302278731
Arriving Boise, IDcreser18:221629573131.150.9388434116N/A
Leaving Boise, IDcreser19:1616295730002392369029
Arriving Baker City, ORcreser20:131729701127.751.8405494718N/A
Leaving Baker, City, ORcreser20:472429701000 1801776835
Arriving Pendleton, ORcreser22:19292979190.326.9298828031N/A
Leaving Pendleton, ORbreser22:3828297910001611606131
Arriving Kennewick, WAbreser23:45302986372.126.0360676525N/A
Leaving Kennewick, WAbreser0:2530298630002172158232
Arriving Ellensburg, WAbreser2:492229974110.745.3409514919N/A
Leaving Ellensburg, WAbreser3:1522299740001691666431
Arriving Homebreser4:47313005278.226.7341726927N/A
breser drove 1392 miles
creser drove 542 miles
total driven 1934 miles
trip duration 49 hours (exactly), includes charging and sleep stops.
 
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MarcG

Active Member
Oct 29, 2014
2,964
1,784
San Francisco
Welcome back to the forum Ben!
Wow, 26k miles.. and I thought I had a lot on my 1-year old P85D!
I'm also taking a long road trip over the holidays, though probably not as far as yours.
Enjoy the time off, and keep an eye on AP once in a while :wink:
 

ArtInCT

Always Learning
Sep 2, 2014
1,713
433
Southern Connecticut
Hey Breser this trip appears interesting and I will be looking forward to your vids with the GOPRO... which model GP did you get? What mounting hardware? Best of luck.
ARTinCT
 

breser

AutoPilot Nostradamus
Aug 28, 2014
2,314
94
North Bend, WA
Hey Breser this trip appears interesting and I will be looking forward to your vids with the GOPRO... which model GP did you get? What mounting hardware? Best of luck.
ARTinCT

I got a GoPro Hero 3+ Silver. Costco had the Hero 3+ Silver's for fairly cheap and with 2 batteries and the dual battery charger. I've bought another set of batteries so that hopefully I can stay ahead of the power needs for the trip.

I'm using a suction cup mount to put it on my windshield. So the view for most of the trip will probably be similar to what a lot of people would have with the permanently installed dash cam. It's my understanding that the suction cup mount is good enough to go on the outside of the car, but I'm not sure I'm brave enough to do that at this point. I do expect to experiment with mount points during the trip.

I've been running it during my commute for the last week or so to get some experience. I think the quality comes out reasonably well. Here's a short clip I put on twitter:
Ben Reser on Twitter:
 

breser

AutoPilot Nostradamus
Aug 28, 2014
2,314
94
North Bend, WA
you can potentially mount to a roof rack point if there is a 1/4-20 mount screw w/ the gopro. The suction mounts work really well from what I have seen on autocross cars. Haven't ever seen one fail

Don't have one but that's a good idea.

Looks like we're delayed a day. Snoqualmie Pass is closed and they're saying it won't reopen till 8pm. Don't really want to cross the pass in the dark so we'll leave tomorrow unless something significantly changes.
 

ArtInCT

Always Learning
Sep 2, 2014
1,713
433
Southern Connecticut
I know very little about the route you are going to take nor the countryside you will be passing thru.
For instance, that pass which was closed... was that due to SnowFall?
Also, have you done this trip before in the past?
In other words, ... DO we have an ADVENTURE here?

How many minutes of record time do you have per storage device?

Are their various video quality settings such as 1080P or 4K (SHDV)?

Is there a sky filter for certain lighting conditions or is that done post production?
 

breser

AutoPilot Nostradamus
Aug 28, 2014
2,314
94
North Bend, WA
I know very little about the route you are going to take nor the countryside you will be passing thru.
For instance, that pass which was closed... was that due to SnowFall?
Also, have you done this trip before in the past?
In other words, ... DO we have an ADVENTURE here?

How many minutes of record time do you have per storage device?

Are their various video quality settings such as 1080P or 4K (SHDV)?

Is there a sky filter for certain lighting conditions or is that done post production?

It's actually currently closed due to an accident, but they've gotten 19 inches of snow today.

I've done this trip in an ICE but never in a Tesla, so yes I consider this an adventure. The Twin Falls, ID supercharger going in earlier this year makes this trip relatively easy. Our initial plan was to use destination charging and spend the night there.

I have 4 64GB cards which hold about 5.5 hours of 1080P video. The GoPro can record different levels of video. I bought an older model that doesn't support 4K, but am planning to record in 1080P. I also am taking my laptop and have a 1 TB drive to move data to. So I don't anticipate having an issue keeping all the video.

No idea on the sky filter. I've been using the camera in our usual Seattle weather so this hadn't even occurred to me. Guess we'll find out how it deals with that.
 

cpa

Active Member
May 17, 2014
3,025
3,748
Central Valley
Have a blast, and safe passage! If you will be taking Interstate 70 west on your return trip, be extra careful with your state of charge leaving the SCs in Kansas. I drove west in May with the temperature around 50 and 30-40 MPH winds out of the northwest, and that leg from Hays to Goodland (143 miles and 1600-feet of elevation gain) was dicey, even with a 96% charge. I cruised for about 75 minutes at 48MPH to ensure that I arrived safely--18RM upon arrival.
 

breser

AutoPilot Nostradamus
Aug 28, 2014
2,314
94
North Bend, WA
Have a blast, and safe passage! If you will be taking Interstate 70 west on your return trip, be extra careful with your state of charge leaving the SCs in Kansas. I drove west in May with the temperature around 50 and 30-40 MPH winds out of the northwest, and that leg from Hays to Goodland (143 miles and 1600-feet of elevation gain) was dicey, even with a 96% charge. I cruised for about 75 minutes at 48MPH to ensure that I arrived safely--18RM upon arrival.

Yup there are 4 legs that are somewhat difficult. 2 of which there's a SuperCharger that I'm hoping to skip. 2 of which you just have to make it Goodland/Hays is one of those.
 

Screwbal

Member
Oct 14, 2015
212
45
Washington, USA
I'm curious did you head east over the pass up and over I 90 or did you go south off the start? With the weather we've had in this area this week if you went over 90 no doubt you likely hit snow on the pass. If so how did it go and which tires are you on these days?
 

breser

AutoPilot Nostradamus
Aug 28, 2014
2,314
94
North Bend, WA
Screwbal, we ended up not leaving due to the situation on the pass. Eastbound was closed so and it wasn't going to open until 7 or 8 so we're just now getting ready to head out since I'd rather have not gone over the pass in the snow.

As far as tires I have to Pirelli snow tires that Tesla sells. It looks like it's still somewhat messy up there so I'll let you know how it goes when we get to Ellensburg.
 

breser

AutoPilot Nostradamus
Aug 28, 2014
2,314
94
North Bend, WA
Made it to Ellensburg. Car handled great going over the pass. Didn't have cruise when we got into the clear roads because the radar was blocked.

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Andyw2100

Well-Known Member
Oct 22, 2014
6,542
2,393
Ithaca, NY
Made it to Ellensburg. Car handled great going over the pass. Didn't have cruise when we got into the clear roads because the radar was blocked.

Welcome to my world!

It looks like you drove through some freezing rain or something, as your entire front end is caked in ice, so it is understandable that the radar unit would be too. The frustrating thing for those of us who drive through snow all the time is that the radar unit is often the first thing to have snow or ice covering it or the last thing to be clear of snow and ice, I'm guessing due to the way it was designed. There are some pictures in this thread that illustrate what I'm describing.
 

vvanders

Member
Oct 22, 2014
139
1
Portland, Or
No worries about having to obscure your plate, yeesh.

Did you have any issues with the louvers getting iced over? I'd be curious if Supercharging in that cold of weather would cause the pack management to kick into high gear like normal during a < 35% SoC.

Considering we took delivery at pretty close to the same time you're beating me on miles, I think we're just about to break 21k here soon.

Best of luck on the rest of your trip!
 

breser

AutoPilot Nostradamus
Aug 28, 2014
2,314
94
North Bend, WA
Made it to Baker City, OR. Didn't have good coverage at Pendleton, OR and weren't there long so didn't post.

As far as the louvers didn't think of it and it got warmer and everything melted. I cleaned off the radar and AutoPilot has between working well since. This is what I looked like after my ice removal.

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Baker City whoever did the snow removal left snow piles in front of the super chargers. [emoji35]

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I was still able to reach the car with the cable without backing over the snow too much. But cold be an issue if pulled higher. I'll send a note to Tesla.
 
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breser

AutoPilot Nostradamus
Aug 28, 2014
2,314
94
North Bend, WA
Enjoying the shiny new SuperCharger in Twin Falls, ID. For some reason car gave me this pop-up.

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While sitting here:

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They also need to fix the stupid bug where it tells you to go back to the SuperCharger you just left.
 

Plan B

Active Member
May 8, 2015
4,843
2,220
Portland OR
That will drive you crazy. it will tell you to turn around and head back even if there is a supercharge 50 miles ahead. It's a wacky glitch.
 

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