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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.

@shop I've had my eye on the cordless tool line by Stihl, but haven't gotten it yet - no grass to cut in January, but thet look plenty strong!

@SarahsDad creepy stalker! :-)

Awesome Journey, John and Jill. Yes, let us all know approximate time of arrival in the Hawthorne SuperCharger. Will bring Champagne

Congrats to you and your daughter. I feel like i'm riding shotgun with you :) I know there are thousands of forum regulars that are pull for you guys! This is awesome.

Myfastlady isn't a hybrid. She's a thoroughbred!

Ok, so this whole thread and trip hasn't been fun enough and now you throw in the history of the OP
and horses...yeah. Hollywood here you come!
Please do let us know where you land whether it be SoCal or Bay Area I am sure the community would love to greet you!
Thanks for bringing us along!

Still Grinning ;-)

@horseheadcrossing: Holbrook has been online for more than a week; the first owner to charge there posted about it over on TMC on the 15th.

John and Jill,
Great run and thanks for all the updates. Our son Nick and I ran the border to border run (Mexico to Canada) three weeks ago and it is a great way to show the future of transportation without petroleum. I'm awed by the weather conditions and amazed at some of your Wh/m - we averaged 354 Wh/m over the 1414 miles. We kept the speed down to reduce the charge times. I'm curious how long it takes you to charge to over 240 Rated Range?

Keep up the great driving and promoting these wonderful cars. Do you have a media event planned in LA on Saturday?


@shop - we were just talking about electric mowers on another thread but I'll repeat myself. Electric mowers are awesome. No trips to the gas station,no fumes, and quiet. Does that sound familiar? I have had a Black & Decker cordless self-propelled mower for the last 2 years. Goes about 45 minutes on a charge, which is long enough for me. The only downside is it does not handle extra long or wet grass very well, but you really should not be mowing then anyway.

Hello everyone! It's Jill this time. Thought it was time for an update of my own. We are currently on our way from Farmington, NM to Gallup. This will probably be our last stop for the night. We are planning on getting started bright and early in the morning and are contemplating bypassing Holbrook and going straight to Flagstaff to save time (I've got a flight out of LA tomorrow night to catch!) For those of you who were interested in knowing a little more about me, I am a 26 year old currently living in Hoboken, New Jersey, making JFK a perfect starting place for us. I am a new Hoboken resident though, as I have been living in New Orleans for the past 8 years after moving down in 2005 to go to Tulane. Since I loved the city so much, I stayed for graduate school at Loyola University and just finished up last August with a MS in Mental Health Counseling. Feeling like it was time for a change, I moved up north to Hoboken just a few months ago. I am still looking for a job in my field and am waiting tables in the mean time. One of the benefits of working in a restaurant is the flexibility of my schedule, making it relatively easy to make time for a cross-country road trip on short notice! However, originally having moved down to Louisiana for the weather, I was not adequately warned about the -6 degrees it would be in South Dakota. :) Today is my favorite day of the trip so far. It has been getting progressively warmer and more beautiful as the day went on. In fact, I am thinking about taking the trip again this summer, making sure to take some time at the best places, which will definitely include hiking in Moab, Utah!

Thanks for writing, Jill. Best of luck in your new city and looking for a job. Please convince your daddr to drive up to Fremont. It would be the perfect end except his very able copilot won't be able to make the trip.

Continued good fortune on your way to LAX.

We had a thread awhile back about best driving speeds for optimizing cross-country speed-made-good. When using Superchargers, the calculations indicated the optimal driving speed was around 115 mph, as long as you could make the next station without running out of charge. That was with 90 kW Supercharging and with a whole raft of assumptions, and nobody's going to drive that fast as a general rule, but it makes the point that you don't have to drive slow any more, not when your next charge is a Supercharge. Also, remember that the closer to depleted the battery is when you arrive at a SC, the faster you charge.

Supercharging changes everything about cross-country in an EV!

Jill, it's great to hear from you! I hope you two get to meet Elon on your last stop, and I hope he offers you a job so you don't have to rush back to Hoboken! I don't know how many mental health counselors are needed at Tesla, but I imagine SpaceX may need some when they start recruiting for a one way ticket to Mars...

Hope you will be convinced to head up north to Fremont. We'll throw a big party for you if you can make it!

Jill, if I owned a company I'd sign you up out her in CA..., if you could only get you and your dad to Fremont - come'on, best story ever - beats the hypermiler father son in some sense!! ;-)

John, keep up the great work - gee - traveling cross-country, only on SC's - with your daughter - a deadline - through inclement weather - ....

I'm very impressed by you both and keep it going.

Don't forget this forum is pretty strict - POIDH!
Pics or it didn't happen.

Or...a book, as another posted. :-)

Truly ground-braking. Many Kudos. Still following! Can you make it as far north as Harris - we'll come down! ;-)


Jill, Tesla should hire you. The Elon/Tesla/EV haters are in serious need of mental health counseling...

Jill hi,

Thank you so much for sharing! 2005 was not just any year... it seems you moved to New Orleans right after Katrina? That's very brave for the first move out of home. One of my son's classmates in preschool here was from a family of Katrina refugees (they had a grandma up here in the chilly Pacific Northwest, so that was their escape).

So great you are spending a night in NM. We lived in Albuquerque in 1997-8, still a young family with a toddler and another baby who was born there. The place was so beautiful and full of a different air, I felt grateful every day we were there. But our stay was time-limited.

Anyway, I just looked at Google Maps and Gallup is precisely 666 miles away from LAX. Doable! However, even at this hour (9:45 PM Pacific) their calculator adds a half-hour due to LA traffic ;) keep that in mind too... you might want to use the Waze app to maze you through the jams when you get close to LA.

Good luck catching that flight and making history in the process... and thank you for doing it. And good luck finding a good job too! Maybe someone on the forum knows someone, who knows someone?

Good night, Assaf

@assaf.orin - we're glad you ended up here via the link from insideevs, and hope you stay on the forum after this cross country adventure is over! And BTW, there's nothing "lowly" about driving a leaf :)

@Jamon thanks!

It's our last day and we are getting an early start. Jill set an alarm for 4:15 and it sounded like a fire alarm. Being woken out of a dead sleep to the sound of a fire alarm in a strange place is disconcerting. We should be on the road by 5 am and we gain another hour to west coast time, so it looks good. I have been passing my pics along to Graham at Tesla who has passed them to the communications dept. and I think they will put them on their Facebook page. They may be waiting to see if we are going to make it. If we don't, it will be bad pr and I am sure there are people who would like to publicize the fact that the supercharger network doesn't work ( I recall a certain NY times article a year ago). We have 257 miles range so I think we will go straight to Flagstaff. My apologies to the person who wanted to meet in Holebrook. Contact me at my e-mail. I do plan to go to Freemont after a day off from driving and I hope I can get a tour of the factory. I haven't seen it since the open house they had a couple of years back and it would be one of the highlights of the trip. I will keep you updated during the day today when we will have a better idea of ETA. I think I can smell the salt air already, wish us luck.

Good luck!

Best of luck from Europe! We are so jealous of this cross country capability. It's like driving from Norway to Portugal for free!

Gosh, I'd stop at Holbrook, even if for only 15 minutes, just to eliminate the chance of falling short of Flagstaff. Any sort of headwind makes the 187 miles a stretch with your 21" wheels. Not that I'm worried you won't make it--you're savvy at matching your driving to the conditions--but when the SC's are close together you can actually do better in terms of average cross-country speed by driving faster and stopping at every SC.

We don't want to steal J&J's thunder, but if I were in LA this evening I'd follow behind them at a respectable distance and be part of history. Can you guys in LA set something up? A hundred EVs rolling down the highway would increase the impact of their achievement and send an even bigger message to the world. Still, we don't want to turn this into any kind of a circus...

good luck! love reading about your adventure across the country. i hope to do that one day. but i fear the middle of the US where people are not as tolerant.

sorry, cross posted from TMC
You guys rock!

What Stevez said! I did a similar analysis before reading that thread and came to the same conclusion. You can make Gallup to Flagstaff, but you'll need to watch your's uphill to Flagstaff!

Great story, great contrast between the journalist who wants it to fail...NEEDS it to fail, or he doesn't have a story, and this... It's all about the journey, not the destination, and how our focus really does determine our reality.

Safe travels!

Get governor brown in the picture, have him send a motorcycle escort and a greetings ceremony.
Come on Californians !!!

Be sure to hit the Beach which is just 3 miles west of the Hawthorne SpC and get feet wet! Cheers!

See the USA in a

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What a great father daughter adventure.

If you understood my post above you are old enough to need the chargers to be a little closer together so your bladder has the range....

Come On California...... Get a large gaggle of MS' to meet up and do the train into town!!!!

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