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East Coast Supercharger Celebration Road Trip Idea

Discussion in 'EVents' started by Half Dollar Bill, Aug 26, 2017.

  1. Half Dollar Bill

    Half Dollar Bill Traveller, teacher, poet, accountant

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    With all the new charger sites opening in the MD/VA/PA/WV vicinity, what about if we string a few of them together for a ribbon-cutting celebration sometime in the next couple weeks?

    Right now, Breezewood PA and Grasonville MD are open. Martinsburg WV could come online soon and I know there are others on I-95 as well as deeper into WV as well as Charlottesville .

    We’d set times for each site ribbon-cutting in the event other owners only want to show up at one of the sites. Start in the morning and finish up with a meal at the last one?

    What you think? I’ll cross-post at a few of the charger-specific sites and please feel free to suggest alternatives or enhancements.

    Bill
     
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  2. jbcarioca

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    Depending on timing I'd really like to do this. These Superchargers really are a Big Deal for ease of mid-Atlantic routing.
     
  3. boaterva

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    Too bad my car's not here yet, but happy to watch y'all on the trip! :D
     
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  4. dcevelyn

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    Sounds like a great idea Bill! I've been following the SuperCharger in Charlottesville pretty closely over the past couple of months as that is a key stop for me traveling from Richmond, West up I-64. I think that the SCs in West VA and Pennsylvania would be cool to check out as well.

    I've tried my best to estimate the opening dates based on construction starting at the specific sites, but it seems to me like the dates are all over the place. Does anyone have a better way of estimating/tracking when SCs will be open and available for use?
     
  5. kryrano

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    I'd would love to meet up for some of them. The La Vale one specifically, because that is my home town.
     
  6. Half Dollar Bill

    Half Dollar Bill Traveller, teacher, poet, accountant

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    I haven't dropped the ball; been waiting on the ones under construction.
    What's becoming apparent is that this needs to be broken up into multiple events, purely because of the number of chargers and distances involved. I'm proposing:
    Southern Swing -
    Charlottesville VA to Chester VA to National Harbor VA
    This route is about 200 miles and about 3:30 hours driving.
    Multi-state Merriment -
    Breezewood PA to Martinsburg WV to Gaithersburg MD to Grasonville MD to North East MD to Aberdeen MD
    This route is about 280 miles and about 5 hours driving.
    Martinsburg and Gaithersburg are still under construction and the longest stretch would be from Gaithersburg to Grasonville, so maybe it also makes sense to split this day into an east and west trip.
    Leaf season is coming up and I personally am tied up for the next three weekends.
    What do you think of the concept, routes, ideas? Please weigh in.
     
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  7. vdiv

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    Yes, perhaps a giant figure 8 over a two-day weekend so people can join in and leave at any part. Timing would be a bit hard to peg.

    Or maybe a star topology where folks meet at one of the superchargers and either go back or keep on going in whichever direction, so meet different folks at each supercharger.
     
  8. Pollux

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    Hi, Bill!

    I love your ideas but am completely unsure whether I have that kind of time to put in. I'm already contemplating heading up to MA next week to join an EV event up there next weekend.

    That said... could any of this geometry put a bunch of Tesla owners in/near the Chevy Chase, MD area during their trip(s)? I'd be happy to host something at my house to soothe the pain of all that effort... Jessica makes a heckuva limoncello martini... maybe some hors d'oeuvres, drinks...? I feel like there isn't nearly enough Tesla partying going on in this region!

    Alan
     
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  9. Half Dollar Bill

    Half Dollar Bill Traveller, teacher, poet, accountant

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    Pull out the acrylic drum, dump in some old tickets and you're back in your bailiwick, huh? :)
    Very kind offer that I'll keep in the mix. I'm tied up for the next 3 weeks so the actual driving wasn't something that would happen soon, unless it's without me which is fine as well. I just wanted to let folks know it's still an active idea and also let them know where the concept may be headed.
    Buona giornata!
     
  10. Pollux

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    Ah, @Half, you know me too well. :) But the drum is up in MA and if we do another one of those puppies I think it'll be next fall.

    At this point, I just feel as if I barely know people in the Delmarva EV region, and am looking for excuses... I'm having trouble getting myself going early enough on Saturdays and Sundays to make it to the EV meet ups. :)

    And as for that buona giornata reference... someone's gotta do the "suffering".... :)

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    Pollux Party Potential or “Fritchle’s First Charge”

    This route option includes a quick stop at Gilpin’s Falls Covered Bridge where Oliver Fritchle, charged his “100-Mile Fritchle Electric" on December 8, 1908 during his 2,140 mile electric car tour from Lincoln, Nebraska to Washington, DC.

    There was a small hydro-electric plant here and it essentially became the area’s first EV charging station when Fritchle needed an emergency charge and followed the power lines to the generator where he could rectify the voltage to charge his batteries enough to make it to Baltimore. The covered bridge is still there, although you can no longer drive through it.

    206 miles (3 hours, 49 minutes driving time)

    Rough Schedule
    9:00-11:00 National Harbor
    11:00-12:00 Drive A-B (56mi, 57m)
    12:00-1:00 Graysonville Supercharger
    1:00-2:30 Drive B-C 67mi, 1h 21m
    2:30-3:00 Gilpin’s Falls Covered Bridge
    3:00-3:15 Drive C-D 5mi, 10m
    3:15-4:15 North East Supercharger
    4:15-4:30 Drive D-E 15mi, 18m
    4:30-5:00 Aberdeen Supercharger
    5:00-6:00 Drive E-F 63mi, 62m
    6:00 Arrive in Chevy Chase, MD - @Pollux Party?
     
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  12. Pollux

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    Love it! And just got official approval from The Boss. If we had decent weather, we could handle anywhere from 10-100 people. If enough kids were coming, I’d be happy to rent a big bouncy house. Maybe someone would have an M3 by then for us all to gawp at! We could invite some local tesla staff, too - feed them, show them some love.
     
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  13. Half Dollar Bill

    Half Dollar Bill Traveller, teacher, poet, accountant

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    Seriously, If I told my wife out of the blue that I was planning to have 100 folks show up one weekend just for the fun of it, she'd have my head! Your family is just far to kind and generous.
    And I love how @Lanny worked a piece of history in there too that I wasn't aware of. Nice touch.
    Let's pick a date so we can start to do some detailed planning and get further down the road, so to speak.
    P.S. In one of the other threads I follow, a gent just happened upon the first M3 being delivered outside of Cali (in Austin TX) so maybe there's some headed to the metro area over the next few weeks.
    Mid-October? And I'm assuming your preference would be for a Saturday for clean-up purposes.
     
  14. HankLloydRight

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    I'm watching this thread and would most likely (under normal circumstances) join in! Sounds like fun, and I've met many of the MD/VA/DC folks before during the TRT and applique installs at John's place.

    But my wife and I decided three weeks ago to sell both our houses and buy a third one, all in October! We'll likely be moving some time "mid-October"... so between packing up two houses, prepping them for listing, AND moving into a new house, I don't think I'll have the time. :(
     
  15. Half Dollar Bill

    Half Dollar Bill Traveller, teacher, poet, accountant

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    Not if you've both got one of THESE :)
    tiny house - Bing images

    But seriously, I still have a western and possibly southern route to plan, so maybe there's hope for you.......
     
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    Ha ha.. at our age, most people are downsizing, but due to a few different reasons (millennials :rolleyes:), we're actually upsizing. A tiny house isn't going to cut it. :)
     
  17. Pollux

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    @Hank - bring wife, millennial, realtor with you. Lots of properties to look at around here. No reason you can't combine the existing two into a third house located here. Or, given that it's October and you don't know quite what to do with yourselves, you can find a vacation house down here to complement house #3 up there. It's only logical.

    @bill - Sunday has the benefit of maids coming through on Monday. Saturday has the benefit of wandering the house on Sunday, gingerly snaking around piles o' crap, while "living off the land" food-wise... and THEN the maids show up on Monday.

    We do have a couple of problematical dates in October, e.g., a fundraiser we're giving for Mila Johns, who is running for state rep here in MD. (She's a counter-terrorist specialist, really smart, quite thoughtful and insightful.) I'm not sure it's a plus for the Tesla crowd to wind up here during that fundraiser (which is Sat Oct 21 from 5 pm onwards)... as in, I'm not sure you and the other drivers would enjoy having that be the "destination". For that matter, I dunno whether the candidate herself would find it a plus or a minus. I'd only look further at that particular date if you and anyone else opinionated on this thread told me that maybe it'd be fun.

    Headcount - I used to be a sorta computer-y guy. So, computational complexity-wise, O(100) = O(1) = C. So I just told The Wife that Constant number of people will be showing up, and she was happy.

    She muttered something about "potluck", I muttered something about "hey, look at the time! gotta go!"(*) so not sure where we'll wind up on that one. I guess it'll partly depend on confirmed headcount. And your opinion, opinions from threader readers, yadda yadda yadda.

    Name - maybe we can call this the Fritchle Affair.

    Dates - looking at our calendar, we're good for:
    + Sat Oct 7
    + Sun Oct 8
    + Sat Oct 14 - but Jessica is hosting the Maryland chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby / Climate XChange / Maryland carbon pricing legislation tiger team, roughly 12-3, which means 6 pm party start is not completely unthinkable but definitely more challenging
    + Sun Oct 15
    + Sat Oct 21 - as described above, 5 pm onwards for Mila Johns-for-state-rep
    + Sun Oct 22
    + Sat Oct 28 / Sun Oct 29 - probably traveling

    Whaddya say?

    Alan

    (*)My tastes run towards the chefs who took care of us at the Carbon Pricing Awareness Raffle / Tesla Party, Sep 26, 2015. In fact, we're gonna have them here for Thanksgiving, so it wouldn't be out of the question to do something with them and this Tesla trip on, say, Friday November 24 or Sat Nov 25. ***BUT*** (a) that's a long way from now, and (2) the weather will be much riskier than in mid-October, and (iii) it could be a little complicated for all concerned to mix Thanksgiving and road-tripping. But by mentioning it, I'm putting the thought out there...
     
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    Family commitments might prevent me from being a part of this, but it would be fun! Would those of us with 60's get priority at each Supercharger? :)
     
  19. BigD0g

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    Definitely interested once things firm up a little bit more and we get some focus dates.
     
  20. mrElbe

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    Any date Oct. 14 onwards and I am in.
     
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