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Heading cross country!

Drove from Kentucky to New York last week to pick up my daughter in Hoboken for my co- pilot. As I was exiting the freeway for JFK, I hit something in the road that blew out a tire and bent the rim. Called tesla service at 7:am Monday morning. They had a new tire and rim on by 9 am. Left JFK supercharger at 9:45. Stopped in Hoboken and on to Newark, De. Full range charge and left with 258 miles. Pulled into Somerset sc with 11 miles rang left. Somerset to Macedonia in 3 hrs. It was snowing so the leg to Maumee, Ohio was slow. Got in at 2:30 am and couldn't get to the supercharger because of the snow that hadn't been plowed. Went to a Hampton inn 1/2 mile away and called Tesla. The guy told me to get some sleep and he would see what he could do. I went back to the sc at 8 am and it was clear. Are these guys the best or what! Headed out to Mishawaka with temp at 6 degrees. I'll keep you up to date if there is interest.

Sounds like fun! Please add some pics of the trip.

Have a good trip!

What speeds were you driving between Newark and Somerset and between Somerset and Macedonia? Those are both long legs with some elevation.

Clearly this leg was going to be the most problematic. The cars nav wanted to take me on a route that was 240 miles but going by Harrisburg cut it down to 220 miles. In addition, a cold front was about to arrive that would make 220 miles difficult. We beat the cold front, so it was only 32degrees and we probably averaged 50-55 mph, but the road wasn't busy so we didn't hold up anyone. Sometimes you need a little luck on your side!

Learned something this morning. Started to charge when it was 6 degrees and 17 miles range with a cold battery. Initial charge Rate was 334volts at 15 amps. It took about 45 minutes to ramp up to 150 amps. Made it to Mishawaka, temp 7 degrees, drove at 75 mph, energy usage was 451wh/m. Energy usage to Somerset by comparison was 313wh/m. Cold is a bitch!

Cold is a pain. You're going to have a blast (the Arctic kind) going through Chicago, it's supposed to go below 0 tonight!

@myfastlady That sounds like so much fun! Very jealous!


I had the same issue supercharging with a cold battery - definitely much better to stop at a supercharger after driving a couple of hours, which is the normal case. If it were not for the snow and you were able to supercharge right when you arrived, I'll bet you would have gotten the full 120kW.

Besides supercharging I hope you get a chance to plug in at night in the cold temps - even if only 110v. That will help a lot.

Enjoy the trip!!

All the cold is staying in the middle. Here in Vancouver BC, well to the north of you, it's 44°F. And sunny.

What is your destination on the other coast?

Here in Los Angeles it is 82 and slightly overcast. Summer in Jan, as usual. Best of luck on the X country ride. Keep reporting.

How did you go from Newark, DE to Somerset, PA? You said the route included Harrisburg, but there's certainly no direct freeway link from Newark. And there doesn't seem to be much in the way of direct state highways, either, or even local roads - the Susquehanna River puts a stop to that.

This might be useful info for anyone who wants to make that trip before the Hagerstown SC opens.

Newark to Somerset is best done as:

896 N out of Newark to Lancaster, Rt. 283 to Harrisburg, PA Tpk.
A slower route is west on Rt. 30 through York,Gettysburg,Chambersburg (prettier but slower).

Google maps does a good job with the route - 213 miles.

Hagerstown SC is all ready and tested, just waiting for utility transformer, which should be there before weeks end (according to supercharger, confirmed thread)! And Las Vegas is also almost ready, those additions should take the range anxiety out of a '85 x-country trip.
Sorry about the tire/rim!
Do you have 21 or 19 inch and what tires?
And pictures please!

Only issue today was heavy snow 60 miles outside Chicago. 10 mph for an hr. Ice cars stuck in the snow. Model s did great. Charged at sc in highland park. Beautiful new facility with service center and gallery. Had them look at my tire sensors that had been giving me a fault. Back on the road in short order. Stopped for dinner while charging in Madison. Only problem was that the car was finished charging before i finished dinner! It is so fast it seems like magic. Due to be -22 tonight in Minnesota. Think I will tackle Minnesota during the day tomorrow.

@myfastlady, where did you eat in Madison? I haven't been to the East Towne Mall in decades, but grew up on the west side of town.

Keep up the great work!

Also, 120 or 90 at East Towne?

Buffalo Wild Wings. As an added treat, the Kentucky wildcats were on TV.

I assume you are charging only at Superchargers? This is history in the making! First Tesla Model S to go coast to coast on the brand new "Supercharger Highway"...completed around 1-26-2014.

Early congrats to myfastlady!!

I doubt she'll be going through Vegas. She must be heading to or through LA. I have yet to drive from LA to Phoenix, because that last link between Quartzite, AZ and LA is about 250 miles, and goes through some powerful and constant easterly winds. Banning Pass near Indio has one of the worlds largest wind farms, and you have to drive right against it to get to LA. I won't make the trip until the Indio supercharger opens up (hopefully very soon).

It would be a pity if @myfastlady has to stop at a non-supercharger station on the very last leg of her trip. Fortunately, there are a lot of them once you get within 100 miles of LA.

Correction: westerly winds. Headwinds while driving west.

Maybe Kingman will be operational before @myfastlady gets there:

When we left New York, Cheyenne was not open, but thanks to the reporting from participants in this forum and elsewhere I had confidence the it would be open when I got there. The pictures I have seen from Kingman and Las Vegas lead me to believe they will be open any day. Tesla has not let me down in the 3 years I have owned their cars ( 2 years with a roadster first). If GM was doing the rollout I would not have left yet! I think Hawthorne will be a good place to finish. Any other thoughts.

if you go
it says Access Denied, which is what I got the day before Cheyenne opened, so the page is probably ready for the very moment they get the site to pass inspection!!!

Onalaska to Albert Lea, MN was a nightmare. Strong winds blowing snow sideways caused visibility near zero at times. Averaged 50-55mph but still got only 455wh/mi efficiency. Fortunately I have been charging to a higher level than I think we need, and then we needed it. Left Onalaska with rated range of 227 miles then drove 125 miles and had 28 miles range left. Our friends at Tesla sited these superchargers just the right distance apart. I wouldn't recommend this drive in a 60 kWh car in the winter. On the other hand, this will make the weather in the southwest seem sweeter when we get there.

+1 myfastlady These updates are great. Keep 'email coming and enjoy the historical journey. I certainly am.

+1 myfastlady I think Hawthorne will be a good place to finish. Any other thoughts.//
Why not go all the way to Fremont? Although you beat Elon, I'm sure he still want to say hello!

This is so awesome! Thanks for sharing your journey!

Just when I thought driving conditions couldn't get worse.... Albert Lea to Worthington probably averaged 55 mph and I would have been going the same speed in an ice car. Wind picked up some and temp is dropping. Zero degrees in Worthington at 3pm and snow blowing like crazy. Got out to hook up charge cord and it wouldn't start charging! Had to get back in the car just to warm up to try again. Realized the charger connection was packed with snow. Blew it out, hooked it up and it charging started. Left Albert Lea with 225 miles range, drove 116 miles and ended with 7 miles range, having used 532wh/mile! Listening to "the Grapes of Wrath" on audiobooks and I will take our road trip over theirs any time.

I gather myfastlady is your MS. Are you a guy or a gal? What does your daughter think of the trip so far? Thank you for keeping us updated.

Be careful out there.

Way to hang in there John!! I'm enjoying reading about the adventure as if reading a good book..Take care! Dorothy

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