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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.

myfastlady@aol.com John and Jill hi,

Wow! You are entering my favorite part of North America, the Southwest and especially Indian Country. And naturally, it's sunny!

FWIW, I posted your story in this high-traffic blog site, and it's gaining some traction: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/01/24/1272177/-History-by-Ordinary-Pe....

I hope I haven't jinxed your trip... please if you have the time, browse it and let me know if there are any errors - I'll correct them.

Enjoy the road and the deep-blue skies of the Southwest.... I miss them so...

Safe travels, Assaf

@myfastlady,

Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I am jealous and inspired like the rest. I'll be traveling out to SoCal myself this weekend but I'll be taking to the skies. I'll be thinking of you all as I pass over and wishing I had the time to jump on the supercharger trail behind you in my Model S.

Social media meets broadcasting. Who gets the scoop?

I've got myfastlady's audio book! It's better than the Grapes Of Wrath.

This is amazing. Tears in my eyes. Thank you.

@myfastlady: This is a wonderful adventure, perfect in smarts, timing and courage! You should get a special commemorative plaque affixed on the car!

Great Trip!

From the earlier note about side pedestal Superchargers, most of the original Superchargers are designed this way, and later ones started to be designed so that you have to back in. Both work fine, but I suspect in snow country, the back-in design works better so parking area is clear for snow plows. The back in design also fits more cars in a given space, and reduces the chance of someone running into the Supercharger pedestal.

@Tiebreaker

How about replacing the original Tesla badges on the car with special ones where the stylized "T" in the logo is made to look like a golden spike?

Just charged at our 20th supercharger (JFK was #1) in Grand Junction. Speeds now 70-80mph and I rarely check the range. Thanks to our Leaf friends for joining. We are natural allies in the revolution. Perhaps when the model e comes out you can trade the Leaf and join us on the Elon superhighway. I have been withholding judgement about the model s as a touring car but now that we have logged 2500 miles (3400 since Kentucky) I think we can draw some conclusions. First, it is very comfortable, no backaches or any soreness. Second, the infotainment system is awesome. We have listened to music and audiobooks from our I-phones. Music, news and podcasts from internet radio and Jill watched a movie on the I-pad (margin call) and we streamed the sound over the speakers. I had seen the movie so I just listened.the only thing we haven't listened to is am or fm radio, the staple of road trips for decades. Since the car is so quiet,we can have audio relatively low and hear it fine. Third, the amount of space is over the top. Elon may disagree with 5 small children in the car but he may just need a screen shielding the drivers cabin. Fourth, have I mentioned that I haven't had to pay for fuel. I would give the model s 5 stars as a touring car.

@myfastlady Congrats on setting the record for most superchargers visited by a Model S! Thanks for the frequent updates. I've been playing along at home and I had you at 19. Which one did I miss? Was it Angola, IN or Mauston, WI?

1 JFK, NY
2 Newark, DE
3 Somerset, PA
4 Macedonia, OH
5 Maumee, OH
6 Mishawaka, IN
7 Highland Park, IL
8 Madison, WI
9 Onalaska/La Crosse, WI
10 Albert Lea, MN
11 Worthington, MN
12 Mitchell, SD
13 Murdo, SD
14 Rapid City, SD
15 Lusk, WY
16 Cheyene, WY
17 Silverthorne, CO
18 Glenwood Springs, CO
19 Grand Junction, CO

John and Jill, thanks so much for the updates. Great trip! I think the only challenging stretch remaining might be the 210 miles from Kingman to Barstow, which can have strong winds at times.

@myfastlady

Is Bjorn with you? Probably not...no video.

Dear John and Jill, Is a book in the plan? If you guys publish a book about your journey with pictures, stats, feelings, and insights, I'd buy it (an audio book version too). Any how, looking forward to your pictures. Thank you and safe fun trip ahead.

I forgot, one petal driving in the mountains is a natural as I am sure many of you know. Traveling through Utah now! Pictures can't do it justice. You miss a lot when you fly over it. I can't stop staring at the cliffs and plateaus. Remember the days when there was a paper map that you had to navigate from. Road trips we we different then.

John & Jill. Any chance you can put a time on your posts? The thread only puts the date. Thanks.

When you leave Kingman, you'll drop 3000 feet over 60 miles.

Then you have to climb 2500 feet over 30 miles.

10 mile drop of 700 feet and then the last climb.

1200 foot climb over 20 miles and the rest is gravy.

The Arches National Park north of Moab is where the beginning footage of the third Indiana Jones was filmed.

http://www.discovermoab.com/archesnationalpark.htm

Between Kingman and Barstow, don't forget the California inspection station stop to check for produce. Enjoy the drive on the smooth roads of Arizona before the rough surfaces in California. Thanks for posting this historic adventure.

@wraithnot:
Don't forget that J&J started from Kentucky... They must have used the one in VA prior to Kennedy...

Sorry, my mistake. John is counting JFK as number 1....

@JenAlJill13

The post I was responding to indicated they started counting at JFK:

"Just charged at our 20th supercharger (JFK was #1) in Grand Junction."

Wow, this story just gets better and better.

On a hunch I did a little googling and suspect our intrepid explorers fit the description of this bio http://files.ntra.com/stats_bios.aspx?id=28699.

If so, John is a thoroughbred horse trainer/owner - who better to take a "bet" and enter this "horserace" of continental proportions.

This is starting to look like a hollywood script, folks.

And what was the hunch? My Fast Lady is the name of one of his horses...

I know this may be a bit late to request, but if you can take even a short video at each SuperCharger station, it would make an awesome composite video at the end (and maybe include some scenic short video views along the way)

SarahsDad

Nice work!

My Fast Lady is a descendant of Northern Dancer, who was without a doubt the best of the best. Try watching the running of the 1964 Queen's Plate without your eyes watering at the majesty of the horse that was never to race again (due to a previous injury, and is a wonderful part of history as well).
Don't cry for Northern Dancer, however, as he had the pick of the ladies during his very long retirement.

It is very fitting that Northern Dancer's "legs" are still in some way breaking yet another record.

All the best to the travelers!

Just finished charging at Blanding, Utah. That was the 23rg supercharger. That includes Mauston and Moab in addition to those listed above. I guess I can't hide anything from you guys. Myfastlady was the first horse I trained. I no longer train horses, but I still have a small horse farm in Kentucky, It is more of an experimenta farm and my projects involve taking the farm off the grid (coal is still 97% of energy in ky). We have about 100 solar panels and generate all of the electricity used to charge the cars from the solar panels from March through October. We have electric mowers that use lithium iron phosphate batteries, and electric off road vehicles fitted with inverters so we can use electric chain saws and weed eaters in the field.Our farm office is off the grid but there is still more to do. This is also not my first rodeo when it comes to electric car road trips. I drove my roadster from Washington, DC to San Francisco in October, 2011 see pluginroadtrip.com . If you dug a little deeper you would also find that I grew up in Houston, Texas got a ba from UT and a ms and PhD from the UT system in 1979. I spent 3 years doing research in Germany, 5 years at the Salk institute in La Jolla and was a professor at UK in Lexington. I started a biotech company in Lexington and sold it after 5 years to Beckton-Dickenson? Since then I have had the freedom to do what I want, hence the road trip across the country in an electric car. I am also a runner and have run the Boston Marathon twice (2010 and 2012). My background in research and horse racing probably honed my competitive spirit, hence the desire to be first. But if there is one I have learned its that the race isn't over until I cross the finish line. Thanks for asking.

@myfastlady- definitely makes sense that you stopped in Mauston- that explains why my count was off by one. I think it's pretty safe to say that lots of people are now following your progress so please keep the updates coming!

That's the most gracious response to stalking I've seen on the interweb;) Most of us are more curious about your co-pilot, I imagine. Sounds like a fantastic adventure and hopefully one that will lead you to re-visit some places you've had to hurry by. Congratulations!

I LOVE HORSERACING!!!

I never knew anyone else that did.

@myfastlady - I've been thinking of buying an electric lawnmower - are they are quieter than a gas powered one? Are they as reliable/more? Any brands to recommend?

Epic trip - let us know when and where you'll be hitting the last supercharger. I guarantee there will be a contingent of Tesla owners there to share some champagne!

Hello, myfastlady. I've been following your progress with much interest, as you're getting closer to my part of the country. I live in Holbrook, Arizona, where they have just installed one of the newest Superchargers, and to my knowledge nobody has been able to use it yet, so you will be the first. I would love to be able to come up and meet you and take a picture for the local newspaper, as well as for my "Route 66 Electric Car Club" group on facebook. Just let me know about when you will be in Holbrook, and I'll see you there at the Burger King (on top of the hill. Congratulations on your record setting adventure! David Heward

@shop: I have a corded Black and Decker electric mower I bought in 1995. It has been used every year except for 6 years in between when I used a mowing service. It is still working very well, so I think reliability is pretty good. I have never used a gas mower myself, but to me electric mower sounds quieter listening to my neighbors' gas mowers.


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