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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Texas edition)

Discussion in 'North America' started by Missile Toad, Oct 31, 2016.

  1. Missile Toad

    Missile Toad Member

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    So I have to tell you, I'm more than a little disappointed with the Tesla Nav. On a recent trip from Oklahoma to Houston, I discovered that Texas and its preference for service roads over cloverleafs can mess up the fastest route. TL;DR; The southbound navigation to the Corsicana and North Houston Superchargers send you on a miles long detour through one of our 'turn-back' maneuvers to reach the Supercharger by making a long-winded U-Turn. 95% of the time, a destination is reachable, here in Texas, by leaving the highway earlier, and using a minor road (or even an alley) to access the last 100-200 yards to a fast charge. So, consider these 'back way' entrances to both Corsicana and Houston. Houston is the least pretty way to arrive, but if you can tolerate driving through a lot substantially filled by trucks (I think the gas station, Stripes, caters to truckers), then you save two miles (and by my estimates 3-4 minutes), getting a charge.

    All routes are Southbound on I-45

    Good https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Tesla+Supercharger,+2035+N+Fwy+Service+Rd,+Corsicana,+TX+75109/Tesla+Supercharger,+Huntsville,+TX/@30.7169709,-95.570762,15.89z/data=!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x864f2cf7998a6731:0x22e4b1e40d84d691!2m2!1d-96.4482861!2d32.06862!1m5!1m1!1s0x864706268bfa1db5:0x4cca2b42952a430f!2m2!1d-95.5659307!2d30.7161279

    Bad
    https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Tesla+Supercharger,+2700+West+University+Drive,+Denton,+TX+76201/Tesla+Supercharger,+2035+N+Fwy+Service+Rd,+Corsicana,+TX+75109/@32.0659113,-96.4485609,16.71z/data=!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x864dca085d540f13:0xdac3adfc244c517e!2m2!1d-97.1663953!2d33.2313639!1m5!1m1!1s0x864f2cf7998a6731:0x22e4b1e40d84d691!2m2!1d-96.4482861!2d32.06862

    Should take the Hwy-287 Exit to enter back way. 1 mile shorter than Google.

    Ugly: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Tesla+Supercharger,+148+Interstate+45,+Huntsville,+TX+77340/Tesla,+14820+North+Fwy,+Houston,+TX+77090/@29.9896165,-95.455506,13.26z/data=!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x864706268bfa1db5:0x4cca2b42952a430f!2m2!1d-95.5659307!2d30.7161279!1m5!1m1!1s0x8640ca4723c99979:0xa1b7222d277561f8!2m2!1d-95.4212591!2d29.9807722

    Need to take Exit 63 when SB on I-45. Then left on Airtex and an immediate right into the alley behind the Stripes Gas Station. 2 miles shorter than Google. Try this, more direct route: http://bit.ly/Pass-stripes-turn-right
     
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