I pick up my Model S (85, black, pano, black, obeche matte, tech) on Friday and on Monday I need to drive my kids about 170 miles from Chicago to eastern Iowa, drop them off, and then drive back home. There is just NO WAY I can consider doing that in my ICE car, but it's too far for a non-stop round trip in the S, so I have been using plugshare, KOA, rvparking, etc. to find some charging options en route. It's more difficult than it will be later since I do not yet have a "feel" for the car and the actual range I can expect from it. There are lots of 30A options, but that would make for a long stop. I found a couple of 50A options, which will drop my charging time down to about 3 to 3.5 hours, and so I tried to find one generally not out of the way that would give me something to do while the car charges.
Anyway, I found a campground with 50A outlets in a scenic area that offers geocaching, a lake, and a nice place to kill some time. I called the campground just to confirm. Now, this is NOT California; this is eastern Iowa. When I explained that I had an EV and that I would like to charge my car for a few hours, the poor woman was UTTERLY stymied. She finally got her head around what I wanted, went off and checked with her boss, and told me it would be fine, but I would have to rent a campsite for a night - $21. Oh well. I suppose it makes sense from their perspective. But maybe after my visit they will be more familiar with EVs and the next EV visitor there might get a better deal.
It's kind of fun to feel like a pioneer.
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