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Cross Country EV caravan - Ride the Future Tour

Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by benswing, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. benswing

    benswing Member

    Jan 14, 2013
    Montclair, NJ
    A group of EV drivers will be crossing the country starting in Charleston, SC on July 4th and finishing at Google HQ in Mountain View, CA. We'll break the Guinness World record for distance traveled in an electric car, electric motorcycle, electric scooter and electric-assist bicycle. We will be throwing town parties in 43 cities and towns across the US and would love to meet up with local EV drivers!

    Our town parties will highlight electric vehicles, so it would be great to have local EV drivers meet up with us. You can follow along with the tour at RIDE THE FUTURE TOUR | 3000 Miles, Zero Gas or . We plan to arrive in each city in the afternoon and have the party that evening around 6-10pm. If you can bring your vehicle to meet up with us, please post a note to our Facebook page.

    Hope to see you on the road! These are the dates we will be arriving in each city:
    3-Jul - Charleston, SC
    4-Jul - Columbia, SC
    5-Jul - Greenville, SC
    6-Jul - Athens, SC
    7-Jul - Atlanta, GA
    8-Jul - Calhoun, GA
    9-Jul - Chatannooga, TN
    10-Jul - McMinnville, TN
    11-Jul - Nashville, TN
    12-Jul - Natchez Trace State Park
    13-Jul - Whiteville, TN
    14-Jul - Memphis, TN
    15-Jul - Brinckley, AR
    16-Jul - Little Rock, AR
    17-Jul - Oden, AR
    18-Jul - Ft. Smith, AR
    19-Jul - Henryetta, OK
    20-Jul - Oklahoma City, OK
    21-Jul - Clinton, OK
    22-Jul - Shamrock, TX
    23-Jul - Amarillo, TX
    24-Jul - Tucumcari, NM
    25-Jul - Las Vegas, NM
    26-Jul - Santa Fe, NM
    27-Jul - Albuquerque, NM
    28-Jul - Grants, NM
    29-Jul - Sanders, AZ
    30-Jul - Winslow, AZ
    31-Aug - Flagstaff, AZ
    1-Aug - Grand Canyon
    2-Aug - Seligman, AZ
    3-Aug - Kingman, AZ
    4-Aug - Las Vegas, NV
    5-Aug - Baker, CA
    6-Aug - Barstow, CA
    7-Aug - Big Bear Lake, CA
    8-Aug - Corona, CA
    9-Aug - Newport Beach, CA
    10-Aug - Santa Monica, CA
    11-Aug - Santa Barbara, CA
    12-Aug - San Luis Obispo, CA
    13-Aug - Big Sur, CA
    14-Aug - Sunset State Beach, CA
    15-Aug - San Gregorio, CA
    16-Aug - Google Headquarters, Mountain View, CA

    * If you live in Northern California, you can ride with us from San Gregorio, up to the Golden Gate Bridge, then back down to Stanford and finally to Google HQ. The whole day will involve about 94mi of driving, and we plan to recharge during a stop at FIsherman's Wharf.
  2. rabar10

    rabar10 Model 3 >> Focus Electric

    Dec 3, 2010
    Indianapolis, IN
    Can you point me to the page on your website that covers the logistics of the drive? Specifically, the charging arrangements for all of the vehicles? I tried to find that info but frankly got lost and frustrated in the site...
  3. bhuwan

    bhuwan Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2013
    Boston, MA
    Sounds awesome, which I could make it.
  4. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

    Mar 29, 2009
    Nixa, Missouri, United States
    Oden, AR??? Seriously? Do you just want to hear the banjo music? I lived in AR from age 10 though medical school graduation and still have family there and had never even heard of the place. I presume you've checked into availability of charging there, but that seems a very odd waypoint from LR to Ft.Smith. Perhaps if you've got a Leaf or some other short range EV you have to take on back roads that is your reasoning, but dang, that seems like a crazy place to depend upon for charging.

    There are public EV chargers in Conway if you take I-40 North and a lot more options in Russellville as well.
  5. benswing

    benswing Member

    Jan 14, 2013
    Montclair, NJ
    Thanks for the tip efusco. We ended up having a great stop in Oden! We were at Riverfront Cabins and they had a 220V connection that we have an adapter for, which juiced us up just fine. Also, we have 3 scooters and an A2B ebike, so we're staying off the highway most of the time. We generally travel as 2 groups with the Leaf and Zero motorcycle together and the scooters with the cyclist.

    Here's a quick update on our progress across the country in all electric vehicles. Oklahoma turned out to be an exciting state to visit these past couple of days.

    Went noodling for the first time and caught a 40-45 lb catfish! Noodling is fishing by finding a hole, putting your hand blindly into it and grabbing the fish by the mouth. It was awesome!

    On the leg to OK City we stopped by Moore to help clean up after the Tornado wreckage. We saw stretches of town that were several miles long that were completely leveled by the tornado. Not even trees were there because they had been uprooted. We picked up rubble on the property where a house used to stand and found children's books, a shoe, a shirt and other things that showed people lived there recently. Even though the tornado hit 2 months ago (to the day), there is a massive amount of work to do. Just wanted to do my part.

    If you can spare some change and donate to, I would really appreciate it. I saw their operation firsthand and they are a well organized group of volunteers.

    Here I am next to the wheelbarrow and pile of rubble we removed from the property so the family can rebuild.
  6. TsRocket

    TsRocket Member

    Nov 21, 2012
    OMG, noodling? Jeepers! How,s your hand?

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