My wife, son and I took a day trip on Saturday to Waco, Texas to meet my best friend, who lives in Austin and who I haven’t seen in a while. Waco is about halfway between Dallas and Austin. On the wife’s request, we went to Magnolia Market to hang out, eat some food truck food, and let the kid run around a bit. This was our first drive more than 40 miles or so in the Model S and my first time supercharging. We left home (northern suburb of Dallas) around 9 a.m. and made it to Waco a bit before 11. We spent a couple hours there, then went to Colin St. bakery to supercharge and have a lazy lunch. Then, after dropping my friend off back at his truck, we drove back to Dallas and were home by 4. My wife enjoyed it so much she suggested we take a trip down to Austin later this year, so we are already planning that. Overall, it was a great time and the trip was uneventful in a good way. We all love Teslas so much we have taken the time to join the forum and obsess over every Elon tweet, but ultimately, these are just tools. With few exceptions, they do not bring us happiness. Happiness in large part comes from the memories that our cars make possible. I will remember this trip years from now because of the time I spent with my son, wife, and friend. And our Model S worked perfectly to get us there comfortably and safely without adding any additional worries. For anyone interested, I have written up some thoughts on the tip and analysis of our energy usage. Trip notes: We left the house with a 90% charge with 217 rated miles showing and arrived in Waco at 39% with 93 miles. Supercharged from 37% back to 90. Arrived home with 38%. No range anxiety what so ever. We live in an amazing technological era. I am impressed every time I drive this car by how smooth and quiet it is, even for an early-VIN. By far the quietest car I have ever owned. My son (20 months old) slept most of the way there and back. I also think the weight and low center of gravity make the car especially enjoyable for trips like this. The car stays in the lane easily, even on the bad parts of 35, and it is not easily blown around by wind. As most everyone here already knows, the Model S is a great road trip car. We didn’t take much, but the stroller and all the baby gear was swallowed easily by the back cargo area. We could have taken a lot more things, bought a bunch of stuff, and still not even needed the frunk; There was one time I was especially happy to have the S. On the way back, I had to stop at the Petro in Carl’s Corner because I had too much tea at lunch. Getting back onto 35 we were behind a semi. A little more than 1/2 way down the on-ramp, the semi notices us and pulls over waiving us past. This isn’t an especially long on ramp, and already being half way down, it was nice to have the Tesla’s instant torque to get past him and up to speed. No problem for the Model S, but for other cars it would have been much tougher. The Waco supercharger is great. Easy to get to and plenty of spaces. We took a long lunch at Colin Street, so I got to see that it is used very frequently. When we pulled in there were two other Model S charging. One left shortly after we arrived and other other left maybe 10 minutes before we did. A family in a Model X came in for a short cookie break and left after about 10 minutes. Two more Model S drivers pulled in while we were eating and were there when we left. Lots of usage, never too many cars charging at once. Colin Street Bakery is awesome. Good food and amazing pastries very reasonably priced. The only downside I can see is their hours of operation are limited. If you are going through down late or on a holiday, there wouldn’t be much around the supercharger in terms of food or bathrooms without a bit of a walk. This was actually my first time supercharging and, for anyone concerned, it is super easy. Literally just plug in and go. Newly installed tint helped immensely. Car wasn’t as hot being parked outside, and while driving less need to keep the AC blasting. For anyone whose wife is nagging him to go to Magnolia Market, it’s not that bad! Yes it’s a bunch of home decor in that fake weathered look, but they have a half dozen food trucks and a nice outdoor area with covered tables to eat. They also have a big astroturf lawn with soccer balls, hula hoops, etc. provided for your kids to play. Our 20-month-old had a blast. Not to mention you are just a couple miles from the Waco supercharger. Energy Usage and efficiency: I plotted out the route using EV Trip Planner with the following inputs: Our house --> 601 Webster St. in Waco, TX --> Waco Supercharger --> Back to 601 Webster St. --> Back home Model S 85 w/ 19’’ Speed 1.05 Cabin temp 70, outside temp 95 Payload 330 lbs. It spit out the following: Distance: 231.8 miles Predicted energy used: 85.8 kWh, 286 RM Predicted efficiency: 370 Wh/mile Net elevation change: -7 feet (not sure how it came up with this one) We ended up beating those number significantly: (Data captured via Teslafi. Thanks @Jdeck !) Distance driven: 240 miles Total energy used: 78.67 kWh, 247.3 rated miles Efficiency: 327 Wh/mile Total cost of electricity: $4.35! Try doing that in an ICE car. (This is not counting the ~$4 electricity we got free from the supercharger.) Total for the day, with two meals out and extra cookies to take home we spent less than $70. I think we beat the projected numbers due to several factors: We took a slightly different route to Waco than the planner suggested (through downtown versus around 20). I drove slower than I thought. There was a significant portion of the trip where EV trip planner had us rolling at 77 mph, since 75 is the speed limit for a good portion of the drive, but I didn’t go that fast for very long. This obviously made the biggest difference. It wasn’t as hot on the way there. According to the logger, when we left it was about 80 out and only touched 90 right when we arrived. However, on the way back it was between 97 and 101 (indicated by the car). Tint helped keep the car cooler (and feel cooler). I think this made a big difference. Not only does the car have to work less to keep to temp, but without the “burning” sensation that you get in direct sun around this time of year, the car feels cooler. We probably didn’t have the 330 lbs in payload. Finally, here’s a photo of the car supercharging and a pic of my son playing at Magnolia Market. Tl;dr: Good trip. Would do again.