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Goodbye Gas! Tesla Electric Labor Day Roadtrip!!!

Discussion in 'Model S' started by BigAirHarper, Sep 2, 2016.

  1. BigAirHarper

    BigAirHarper Member

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    Let me start by saying this trip won't be "epic" or "groundbreaking". Just some good ole Tesla fun. Before I had my car I read as many of these types of threads as possible so I could live vicariously through other owners. I'm hoping someone on here will benefit like I did. Cheers to Labor Day!

    The Destinstion:
    North Georgia Mountains

    How are we getting there? Stay tuned!!!

    Like any thread, it's useless without pics!

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    210 Miles full pulling out of driveway! Regen still occurs on new 60 even at full charge


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    Autopilot is the only way to travel
     
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  2. BigAirHarper

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    First supercharger stop:
    Greenville, AL

    Not another Tesla in sight, but super fast charging when I showed up with 30% battery left.
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  3. BigAirHarper

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    Decided to stop in east Montgomery for a bite at Taziki's. Which conveniently has a Hilton Garden Inn destination charger across the street. So why not get some buffer electrons just for fun?

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    Charging at 25 mi/hr.
     
  4. AMPd

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    Nice!
     
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  5. PtG62901

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    There is pretty fantastic driving in the North Georgia mountains. Have a great trip.
     
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  6. ApauloThirteen

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    "...and I even like the color."

    V nice, have a smooth trip! Congrats on the car! (Kiss your gas good' bye)
     
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  7. decrypt

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    I'm so jealous. Can't wait to take my first road trip on the supercharger network. Longest I've gone with my BMW i3 is about 110 miles and back... but the SuperCharger network opens up all kinds of possibilities. I'm really curious if I'll really take advantage in the months and years to come... but definitely know there are a few Baltimore to Atlantic City road trips in my near future.
     
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  8. privater

    privater 2016 Model S60 owner

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    Congrats! I'm also will be on a mid round trip (1000 miles) on labor day.
     
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  9. AB4EJ

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    Here's an idea: go stay at the Berry Springs Lodge (2149 Seaton Springs Rd Sevierville TN 37862) - they have a Tesla (HPWC) charger; then report back on how it was. It is on my list of places to visit on Tesla roadtrip.
     
  10. BigAirHarper

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    Superchargers at Auburn, AL:

    One Model S there already that left shortly after we arrived. 2 more showed up after we had been there for 5 min. One of owners happened to be from same town! Such a small world! In 32 min went from 31miles to 187miles of rated range. Not too shabby.

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    The usual Tesla talk ensues. So much fun.
     
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  11. Model S M.D.

    Model S M.D. Ludicrous Radiologist

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    Supercharging is so civilized and clean. And when was the last time you chatted someone up at a gas station? Have a great trip!
     
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  12. BigAirHarper

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    So after quite the evening with friends in ATL, we tucked the Tesla away for the night at the Westin Buckhead, part of the destination charging program. She will be ready for more adventures in the morning...

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    So woke up in Buckhead this morning with a full charge! What a way to travel.

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    Valet at Westin

    Then we headed north to Yonah Mountain Vineyards. They were having their 7th annual "Crush Fest", and the place was popping. Thousands of people. Fortunately driving a Tesla, we bypassed the hoards of cars and got to park VIP for a charge. Gotta love it. And for anyone interested in wine this place was awesome!!!

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  14. BigAirHarper

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    Busy evening yesterday. Arrived at our final destination for the weekend. Beechwood Inn BnB in Clayton, GA.
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    (Quick driver change as I was letting my friend drive and wanted a chance at some windy mountain roads. View isn't bad either.)

    They are part of Tesla's Destinstion charging network and we rented an entire cabin on the property. The people that run it are lovely and the Inn and cabin are awesome. Highly recommended with a wine thirty at 5:30 each evening. Oh and breakfast was awesome too.
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    We arrived!

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    Charging is located in the back of the Inn.

    We decided to go to Main St in Clayton to eat. Heard parking would be tough (it wasn't at all) so we parked at a Tesla charger I found on plugshare near main. A restaurant called Fromage. Sadly they are closed all weekend so we are here and can't try them out. But they love EV's so we charged while we ate and made the easy walk to main st. I'm finding this charging business to be quite easy and enjoyable. Also addicting, I want to plug the car in everywhere just so I can.

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  15. Cnasty

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    Amazing thread and loving see this beauty of a car out in the wild.

    I'm following your adventure. Love these types of threads.
     
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  16. BigAirHarper

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    Yesterday we took the Tesla hiking. Or shall I say she took us to the Destinstion to start the hike.
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    This morning it was time to top off the battery and after our last breakfast at the BnB depart back to real life. Of course I'm still excited because I get to drive home ;)

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    Charged quickly in ATL Midtown location before dropping the friends back off at the airport. Charged to 199 miles by the time we went to bathroom.

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  17. Weezer Fan

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    Looks like a fun trip. I am enjoying seeing how you go about the business of charging on a trip. Makes waiting for my M3 even harder.
     
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  18. BigAirHarper

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    It has been incredible. Just journeying around the southeast without gasoline is wild. And "free" as well. Glad you are enjoying it. As I said in the beginning these were my favorite threads on TMC leading up to getting the car. It's an incredible machine. And brings excitement back to driving long distances for me. It's addicting to plan the route and plug in as much as possible but honestly the Nav is so good you can just hop in and go and it will guide you to proper charging. I'll double check for fastest routes on my iPhone but it has worked really well.
     
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  19. BigAirHarper

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    Pulled into the Auburn Supercharger with no one there. Went inside the mall to use the restroom and buy a bottle of water. On my walk back to the car I got the message from the app stating car was ready to continue the trip. It beat me again. This supercharging business is fast.

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    On walking back out a fellow owner had joined the supercharger. That new blue is growing on me...
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    Side Note:
    My friend found a great use for the door handle, iPhone holder.
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    Currently autopiloting onwards to Greenville Supercharger!
     
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  20. BigAirHarper

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    Arrived at Greenville with 43 miles left. Charged at 316mi/hr. First time entire trip the humans have had to wait on the car. Only amounted to about 10 min though. Sole ones charging which seems the norm around this charger.
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    Nothing to do at this charger stop. Only the Hampton Inn and Cracker Barrel within walking distance so options to kill time are limited. But as I'm typing this car is ready to roll. Added just over 100 miles in 20 min. Homeward bound!
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    Ignore the 15 mins to continue the trip. The Nav routed me a longer way home than the normal fastest route I take. This is why double checking with your iPhone google maps is best.
     
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