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West Coast/Canada trip

We have a blue Model S85/twin chargers on order for March 8 delivery in San Diego. 14TFOR2’s first road trip will be late April, when we plan to travel north through California, using superchargers up to Oregon, and central Washington state.

After staying in Ellensburg, WA and charging there, we would like to try out Sun Country highway 70/80 amp chargers starting with Omak, WA. Then into Canada at Kelowna, Sicamous, and then Banff/Canmore, and further up into Alberta, Canada.

While we have identified hotels and charging facilities for most of our trip, we would appreciate recommendations for hotels and higher amp charging facilities in or around The Dalles, Oregon … and then at the northernmost end of our trip, near Jasper.

Thank you! We will be happy to report on facilities and charging opportunities along the way, assuming all goes well, in May/June, 2014.

ChrisPDX | 10. Februar 2014

I recommend visiting plugshare.com as it will show you all known chargers along with comments. In The Dalles, there is an AV charger that's part of the West Coast Green Highway. Located in Fred Meyers, there is a J1772 and CHAdeMO that is free to use. Just order the fob from them here:
http://evsolutions.avinc.com/services/subscriber_network/

While not high amp, the AV chargers run at 240v/30amp (7.2kW). Most other public chargers run at 204v/30amp (6.1kW). Hopefully the CHAdeMO adapters will be available by then as they would be the next best thing to the Supercharger and are much more common then high amp chargers in OR/WA.

sbeggs | 10. Februar 2014

@ChrisPDX, much appreciated, thanks! Any hotels offer charging in Columbia Gorge area?
Steve

SeattleSid | 10. Februar 2014

To avoid confusion, note that in Oregon there's "The Dalles" and "Dallas." The former is along the Columbia Gorge; the latter near Salem.

sbeggs | 10. Februar 2014

@Seattle Sid, thanks! We are hoping to head for The Dalles, in Columbia Gorge.

steve | 10. Februar 2014

I'm originally from Hood River, which is 20 minutes West of The Dalles and there are quite a few public chargers in Hood River. There are a couple in The Dalles, but depending on time of day Hood River might be a better choice... Although Tesla should put in some superchargers in Hood River since its such a tourist hotspot for Portland anyways, wink, wink.

David70 | 10. Februar 2014

If you have an 85kWh model, The Dalles is easy from Ellensburg. You can charge up for a couple of hours at the J1772 at Fred Myers to get to Woodburn, OR. There's also a CHAdeMo there, but of course the adapter isn't available yet.

ChrisPDX | 11. Februar 2014

As for hotels with chargers, nothing is showing up on Plugshare. You can always call and ask various hotels if they have an outlet available for you to use. Unless you luck out and they have a 50amp RV outlet that your UMC can plug into, you would probably just get 120v. Super slow but better then nothing. If used overnight it would also at least shave an hour or two off using a public J1772 during the daytime.

sbeggs | 11. Februar 2014

@ChrisPDX, we followed your advice and applied for the AVinc fob. It turned out to be more of a challenge than we had thought. The company told us that there were no charging facilities in our state so far, only OR and WA. When we wrote back and explained that we are planning to spend a month with our electric vehicle in those 2 states in May, they graciously agreed to "admit" us! Thank you!

sbeggs | 11. Februar 2014

@ChasePDX,
Thanks for your advice regarding Hood River! It's now on our radar (and we are starting to learn the geography of Oregon, which on our 1999 National Parks driving trip we only just passed through).

Earl and Nagin ... | 12. Februar 2014

Look at http://suncountryhighway.ca/ev-trip-planner/
Canada's pulling way out ahead of the US's efforts to develop charging infrastructure.

sbeggs | 12. Februar 2014

@Earl and Nagin, you're right. The Sun country highway's coverage of higher amp charging facilities was what emboldened us to go beyond our original concept of West Coast by supercharger, and go "just a little further".

sbeggs | 14. Februar 2014

@ChrisPDX, thanks to your recommendation, today we received our RFID fob for charging in OR and WA states, AVinc.

The Sun Country Highway EV Trip Planner doesn't seem to show any EV charging at all in Jasper, Alberta Canada. We have a kitchenette suite reserved at the Best Western in June, but unlike other BW's, it appears they do not have charging facilities yet.

Anyone knowledgeable about any charging facilities at any level near Jasper?

If we drive with a full charge from Banff, I do not think we can tour Jasper area and make it back to Banff with any electrons left. So we might have to take it off our itinerary if we can't find a work-around.

Tim10 | 14. Februar 2014

Fairmount Lake Louise has a 14-50 plug available to reserve for guests. A little closer than Banff to Jasper.

sbeggs | 16. Februar 2014

@Tim10, thanks for the recommendation of Fairmont in Lake Louise. It's probably the only possibility. Banff to Jasper on Ev-trip-planner shows 180 miles. Valemont is the closest charging, but that's 77 miles southwest of Jasper. A full charge starting from Lake Louise would put the drive at 150 mi, too close for a round trip (unless driving at 30 mph gawking at mountainous scenery!) Perhaps by June 6 there will be more charging possibilities...

attar | 16. Februar 2014

We have S60 picked up in Vantook 1 Canadacouver April 2013. We went to Calgary Alt. Fully charged at home took 1 no Trans Canada highway. First stop at Hope B. C. They have Sun Country Super charge cs 90. After lunch we took off to Merritt B C. Same charger at there. Had Tea and started again.We went to Kamloops just drive through and found an other CS 90 and CS 60 right on the highway nothing around before the Town of Chase B C. Later found out that Home hard ware also have the same charger in the town. Went for a walk near railway track and started again. Next stop was at Revelstoke B C. Spend night at Best Western but level 2 charger which was slow. After breakfast we started again and next stop was again place nothing around but C S 90 charger. Walked toward the town Golden BC. This charger is located at Home hard Ware store. Next stop was at Can more Alberta. Again fast charger CS 90 right in town was little difficult to find. We talked to policeman and he said I have seen something like but do not know where it is.Took me to the City Hall which was few steps away from the spot we were parked. Forget to mention this trip was made in July 2013 to see Calgary stampede. They had farm market right in town , Enjoy the fresh fruit while charging. So after enjoying the beautiful town, we reached our destination Calgary Alberta. Calgary have few chargers but you can find them in Plugs are or Recargo.

attar | 16. Februar 2014

Sorry for miss print should read Vancouver BC

sbeggs | 17. Februar 2014

@attar, appreciate your remarks regarding charging in Revelstoke, Golden and Canmore, where we intend to stop in June on our first road trip. Thank you very much for the tips!

judimasters | 17. Februar 2014

@ Earl and Nagin I noticed CS40 CS60 CS90 CS100 etc. What is that?

Bighorn | 17. Februar 2014

@judi
The number represents the number of amps ie CS40 is a charger model that provides 40A, probably throttled to 32A because of the 80% rule.

attar | 17. Februar 2014

CS 40, 60 90 ,and 100 are the chargers by Sun country highway.ca. You can go the site and they have. EV planer and you can check the chargers on your route. All are free charging do not any card just plug in with the Tesla S j1772 adapter. Cs 90 is the higher charger which gives about 60 to 70 km per hour. Better than all the plugshare or Addenergy chargers

David W | 18. Februar 2014

When you are logged into Plugshare, you can edit the description. Might I suggest that users make use of that feature to add some details (such as charging current and voltage)? The default description of, sfor example, "EV Plug (J1772)" could do with a more detailed specification.

Or, just leave a comment with the current and voltage observed during your charge.

sbeggs | 24. April 2014

Although Jasper, Alberta held a meeting on March 26, 2014 that was favorable toward installing public charging, it does not appear likely that it will be ready for our early June stay. We have contacted the Best Western manager and maintenance supervisor to see if there is 240V power outlet that could be used. Haven't heard back, so we may have to abandon this northernmost part of the trip.

We depart early this Sunday, April 27, for first leg through Los Angeles Supercharger, on our way to Buellton/Solvang. If any of you are out in the wild with your Model S in the next couple of months, we'll be happy to greet you in person. Steve will be wearing a wide-brimmed green hat from New Zealand and we're driving "14TFOR2".

sbeggs | 26. April 2014

Our blue S85 is packed and ready to roll out tomorrow morning from south San Diego county heading for Hawthorne. Oregon, Washington and Canada are on our radar.

This trip will be more leisurely than those groundbreaking achievements of @myfastlady, @SamO, or the Tesla cross-country teams. Others have already done Mexican border to Vancouver, and north to south on both coasts.

Yet for us it's all brand new. We love our new car, and can't wait to let the car roam.

sbeggs | 27. April 2014

First supercharger Hawthorne leftmost stall, could be bad for waistline as donut shop was on way in via El Segundo Blvd. Sitting at table Steve constructed from plywood with black cover and removable legs. Doubles as parcel shelf. You all were right...Sunday am no one else is here. Onward to Buellton and Solvang.

portia | 27. April 2014

@sbeggs, enjoy your trip, please post your experiences! if you are a travel blogging, check out travbuddy.com and get a free account, it's a great way to document your travels, ev or otherwise. I have my first Tesla trip posted there.

Brian H | 27. April 2014

portia;
Couldn't find your log or account. Link?

sbeggs | 28. April 2014

Here is the report we e-mailed to our friends to introduce them to our new car and the technology:

A Day of Firsts

In March, we took delivery on a new all-electric vehicle…the Tesla Model S 85 (kW battery size). This morning, we rose early and glided silently out at the crack of dawn, so excited to be taking 14TFOR2 on its first long journey. If all goes well, we will head for Oregon, Washington and Canada, seeing good friends along the way.

Before slowing to a crawl at the inspection station around San Onofre, we spotted 2 Model A Fords motoring in the slow lane. The occupants of Model S gave a thumbs up to the occupants of Model A, and the car of the future surged ahead.

We stopped at the Union Bank parking lot in San Juan Capistrano to inspect the Tesla Supercharger equipment, 8 stalls not yet up and running (maybe on our way back).

Exiting the 110 freeway onto El Segundo Blvd, we spotted a Vietnamese donut shop, acquiring a few pastries to celebrate our first supercharger experience. The Hawthorne SC is in an industrial area owned by Space-X and Tesla Motors Design. When we arrived after 132 miles of driving at 8:30 a.m., we were alone as we pulled forward into the left-most covered stall.

Steve proudly extracted the folding chairs, the parcel shelf/table he had made (with matching cover by Glenda), and attached the 4 legs. We set up for coffee and donuts and plugged the Tesla Supercharger nozzle into the left rear taillight port for its first powerful DC-DC charge.

The car was charging at a rate ten times faster than at home: 320 miles per hour! The nozzle looks just like the UMC nozzle we charge with every night at home using 240V power in a NEMA 14-50 outlet Steve installed in our garage.

At 9 a.m. a lady came to open the Tesla design center and restrooms. We could enter and walk around the new 4WD Model X (large). We noted Oxnard and Salinas superchargers in red "Open" on Supercharger map, and the two we need for next year's Utah trip in grey "Coming". Other cars arrived, and we chatted with their owners (“KW TESS” and others) and by the time we left, 6 of 8 stalls were full (2 not working).

In bright sunlight, we followed a brilliant red Tesla (ZAAP was its plate) up the 405 to our destination: Buellton Supercharger at the Marriott. 7 of 8 stalls were back-in type and one forward. We wrote our cell phone coordinates on a white board on the dash, and went into the hotel for spinach and Caesar salads. When we arrived at noon there was no one, an hour later 5 cars were charging or leaving. Downstairs by the restaurant was a niche containing a full-size Union 76 gasoline pump, accompanied by vintage oil cans. Funny thing is, we are both gear-heads, and nodded nostalgically at the display. This is how the automobile was fueled for 100 years. Until…

Most of this trip is a foray into the unknown, so we wanted the first destination to be the familiar Danish village of Solvang (I'm half Danish). We shopped at Nielsen’s grocery and checked into Svensgaard’s Lodge, our favorite room with kitchen, two recliners, fireplace and two bedrooms.

Our first impressions of taking the T on the road after just running around San Diego for the first 6 weeks: There is power in abundance the instant you want it, and the car slows nimbly due to regenerative braking. It gives you a feeling of confidence when you are driving it. The moment you go around corners at high speed is the moment you realize the S85 is a heavy machine, and the steering wheel is thick and heavy as well. It makes for some muscle tension, sore shoulders and fatigue (as noted by @PhillyMomof4), so the solution may be to change the seat adjustment, steering wheel and steering settings. The car is quiet but the roads of California are horribly noisy, rutted, and rough and it’s never a pleasure driving through LA. The navigation system made some choices I overruled. To its credit, the GPS lady never once said “recalculating” in a disapproving tone of voice, just adapted and changed the directions. Nice.

The car has a huge amount of room, and fits a large number of travel necessities: 4 soft sided bags for clothing in the front trunk (frunk), 20V DeWalt Li-ion battery- powered vacuum, and tire repair kit in the lower trunk (which we are referring to as the “Fujiyama room” in a nod to the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser lower deck lounge), and rolled up mattress, chairs and table legs, isothermic cooler totes, first aid kit, a case of water, wine bags for later, computer bags, t.p. and paper towels, papers and maps…

Our first day out in the wild with the T was a success. We supercharged at an astonishing rate twice, made it through LA safely to our destination, and have more of a feel how to handle this incredible machine. We’ll tool around slowly in the wine country for a few days before heading north to see the factory on May 1, in Fremont, where the car was born.
Claudia and Steve

sbeggs | 28. April 2014

@portia, we would enjoy reading your trip reports!

Brian H | 28. April 2014

Nice write-up, concentrating on the personal. Well-done, and rare, simultaneously!

sbeggs | 29. April 2014

@Brian H, very kind comments, thank you. I will keep writing!

KWTESLA | 29. April 2014

Sbeggs

Great to here about others out on the road.

Our Model S has plate KWTESLA we are traveling North Tuesday to BC we may see you at a Supercharger on the road . We completed a trip to Houston Tx earlier this year it was great fun.
See you out there ?

sbeggs | 29. April 2014

Hi KWTESLA!

We depart early Wednesday am from Buellton to Fremont, then will head to Sacramento and Folsom Friday May 2.

If all goes well we should be ambling to Mt Shasta May 8.

Would love to meet you, are you going straight through in a couple of days? If so, we will be trailing you far behind.

Our plate is 14TFOR2.

Nod, wave, chat!

What things did you learn from your Texas trip?

sbeggs | 30. April 2014

April 29, 2014
Carving the Canyons
Just north of Solvang and east of Buellton is the sinuous Ballard Canyon. Climbing past cyclists amidst rounded hills lush with green grass and old live oaks dripping with Spanish moss, we relaxed and enjoyed the tight handling and “natural” regenerative braking of the Tesla on curves. The drive was so silent we could hear the birdsong. We detoured through Los Olivos and then turned into the beautiful Foxen Canyon. We visited three wineries: Koehler, Curtis and Rusack, and one of us was designated driver. Orange California poppies, roses and daisies blew in the warm wind. The sun shone brightly on the young, green vines. No one else disturbed the peace and quiet of the valleys. We were one with the car.

NKYTA | 01. Mai 2014

Sounds enjoyable!

Take the ICE tour bus next time and you can all imbibe. ;-)

sbeggs | 01. Mai 2014

@NKYTA, good point!

Back to Fremont where the Car was Born
Today, we followed the historic el Camino Real, past California’s sun-baked adobe brick missions. Curved green posts with rust-colored bells indicate the route.

At 7 a.m., no one was charging at Marriott Buellton in any of the 8 stalls. Topped off 60 more miles of range. The drive to Atascadero rises and falls through beautiful wine country. Deep groves of oaks, meadows, sunlit vines stretch up the slopes. Atascadero charging stations are between Denny’s and Rabobank. No other cars. Strolled the small town past a green park leading to a fine municipal building.

We stopped in Paso Robles to pick up wines as a gift for our friend before picnicking at the first rest stop. North of Paso, the hills take on a bleached, dry color. At the first rest area, we took out our homemade parcel shelf/table, attached the 4 legs, and set out our picnic. Many people came over to ask us about the car. We then reconfigured the area under the liftgate with the roll-up mattress so that the one not driving could nap in “business class”.

Stark reminders of the petroleum economy loomed by the arid roadside, oil derricks mechanically harvesting by the hundreds. The scene then changes to farm country. Huge wooden cutouts of colorfully attired farmers holding grapes or cabbages adorn the landscape.

At Gilroy Premium Outlets, we almost missed the right turn into the Superchargers, a narrow lane parallel to the Gilroy Inn wall. There, a gorgeous green S60 was charging. It was driven by Shawn, the self-described Samoan night shift battery pack production manager at Tesla. He starts work at 11 p.m. Are they running three shifts?

Only 50 miles to the Tesla factory in Fremont. Traffic at 3 p.m. was starting to bunch up. We checked into our hotel la Quinta, chosen solely for its primo view of the factory across I-880.

Tomorrow, we will go over at 11 a.m. to see where our car was made. We may not be able to resist the Tesla accessories shop. Hopefully they will sell Optimum No-Rinse!

NKYTA | 01. Mai 2014

@sbeggs thanks for sharing. A few very nice turns-of-phrases in that!

And yep, that last turn-in to Gilroy got me once - had to reverse - felt like an idiot.

sbeggs | 01. Mai 2014

Thank you so much @NKYTA! Just returned from factory tour. Cannot disclose...anything...meep!

sbeggs | 03. Mai 2014

To our State Capital
We plugged into the supercharger station located to the left of the Fremont Tesla factory Customer Delivery Center, and chatted with Cameron Pringle, a recent local mechanical engineering graduate who was to interview at the main battery department that afternoon.
After 14TFOR2 picked up 100 miles, other cars filled all the bays.

On our way out, we checked out the Fremont Service Center where a young man named Sam was kind enough to show us the floor mats and fit the $150 Tesla rolling duffel into both frunk (longitudinally) and rear lower trunk (east-west). Lots of room!

Heading for Sacramento, we carefully studied the San Francisco Traffic live website and bolted out of there as soon as we could see traffic was flowing. The pavement on I-680 north passing Castro Valley and Walnut Creek was smooth. Green hills with affluent suburbs line the northbound corridor.

After slowing to a crawl to pay the $5 cash toll to enter I-80 east, we headed to Vacaville supercharger. We noted 8 stalls, all empty at 9 am. We had enough range, so we searched for restrooms. Locked. After driving around the mall, we found the mall office and asked the lady if she could arrange to open the adjacent restrooms. She said, we don’t open them til 10 a.m. We begged her and she got the handyman Clyde to accommodate us. This is a frustrating aspect to those of us who like to travel early to avoid congestion. A lot of time was wasted searching for a vital amenity that wasn’t open.

Our friend had given us detailed instructions about road work on I-50 east, which we thankfully were able to avoid by not traveling on 99 or I-5. Coming east into our state capital, we rode through shimmering marshland and cattails. Soon we were at the Folsom supercharger.

We took on 150 miles at the rightmost stall of 4. We were getting 361 mph! One smaller beige station was labeled 90 amp. Arriving at 10 a.m., we saw no other Teslas, but by 11, there was a signature red VIN in the 600s and another MS60 white. We talked to a young engineer at Johnson Controls who has enjoyed his S60 for 4 months.

We headed toward my aerospace friend’s house in El Dorado Hills. Gorgeous breezy place on the ridge overlooking the lake, the twinkling lights of Folsom, old live and black oaks, grass meadows sweeping down into the valleys, and giant rocks frosted with lichen. This part of our state has lots to see and do. We’ll give our friends a ride in the T, and then explore Amador wine country...in their cars!

Bighorn | 03. Mai 2014

Fond memories of Fremont La Quinta:)

sbeggs | 04. Mai 2014

@Bighorn, did you take factory delivery or a tour? What were your impressions?

Bighorn | 04. Mai 2014

Well since you asked...:)

I had wanted to do a factory delivery last July until it became clear that I would be faced with paying CA sales tax, so I opted to take home delivery in Wyoming. I was hell-bent on one day getting a factory tour, so I fashioned a pilgrimage of sorts over spring break when my wife and daughter would be chaperoning an AP government studies class trip to the east coast.

I'll bullet-point the highlights rather that produce a novella here:

-met Jack from Reno at the Cheyenne SC--he was on another of his cross country jaunts in his Signature Red MS; I think he had 62,000 miles on the odo, so I was appropriately humbled

-car camped at the Lone Tree, CO SC and in the morning met up with Denver rush hour. Saw no cars that had me feeling I'd rather be driving that and I caught at least one suited individual taking surreptitious photos

-toured Arches National Park in Moab

-had great fun sprinting across AZ with a guy in a tricked out Mustang from DC; he gave an enthusiastic wave out the window as we parted ways in Kingman

-visited my daughter in Coronado

-met up with Samo and his family at the Hawthorne SC

-dropped the car with Joe in Orinda for 3 days for tint and Opticoat

-spent those 3 days in Fremont with a loaner Chevy Aveo; stayed at La Quinta overlooking the Fremont plant. Took the tour, which was amazing. Really felt like a kid in a candy store--head whipping side to side just to take it all in--somewhat incredulous that someone had posted here recently that they found their tour to be somewhat boring. Coincidentally, I asked the tour guide about plans to beef up the battery protection. He feigned ignorance, but a few days later, Elon made his announcement about titanium and the fact that those cars I saw being built were already outfit with the new protection package. I bought a Tesla knit winter cap, a t-shirt and some snow chains for my trip home.

-reconnected with a friend from high school in Campbell whom I hadn't seen in 35 years, a med school mentor in Menlo Park and a med school buddy in Santa Barbara

-visited my daughter and her boyfriend in Santa Barbara. The plan was for them to drive back with me so they could pick up the 540i6 I was giving them. The predicted snow kept them from attempting that trip on summer tires. (They flew in this weekend and took it off my hands)

-met Franz von Holzhausen on my Hawthorne fill-up and had a nice chat about possible improvements for the car

-also met another guy originally from WY who was filling up at Hawthorne and taking pics of my car for his son who is a football player at U of WY. Found out we have friends in common.

-drove into Blanding, UT SC 5 miles past empty which was quickly forgotten as the town had shown up to take pics of the unprecedented 3 (and now 4) Teslas that had shown up to charge. Turned out to be one Elon Musk and his entourage. I didn't know it at the time because they were hiding him somewhere, but I had a nice chat with his security detail. Fortunately, I took a photo of the cars, which I normally wouldn't do, since everyone else was caught up in the festivities.

-saw Elon and Talulah drive into Moab--unfortunately he didn't charge, but only did a quick drive-by of the SC where I was stationed.

-had great fun racing through the twisties around Vail with a brand new M5

-arrived home with memories to last a lifetime

I hope your trip is filled with experiences that will make you look back as fondly! Safe journey.

sbeggs | 04. Mai 2014

@Bighorn , wow! Sounds like you truly gallivanted all over the west taking full advantage of the car and life itself! We admire your level of planning and gusto! Inspiring!

Bighorn | 04. Mai 2014

Surprisingly, there really wasn't much planning done aside from the factory tour time and detailing drop-off. Everything else was pretty much done on the fly. Had a foam bed in the back and a cell phone--the rest was serendipity. Forgot about spending a fun night in North Hollywood with dear friends who just moved there to take their shot in Tinseltown. Inspiration is all around--especially amongst this Tesla crowd.

sbeggs | 04. Mai 2014

@Bighorn, we also are carrying roll up foam bed which we can deploy on top of black velour covered three inch foam leveler pad to match level of rear seats when folded down. Car is so versatile. We end up packing it differently each time we move hotels, just to experiment which way is best for each leg.

sbeggs | 09. Mai 2014

The T Heads to Lake Shasta Country

Wednesday we had lunch with dear friends from Roseville, CA, who were eager to see the car of the future. They didn’t know a Tesla Supercharger had just opened in their community. After charging at Folsom, we treated them to a spirited ride from Bidwell Street Bistro to the shores of Lake Folsom and back.

Thursday morning, we said a grateful farewell to our hostess in El Dorado Hills after a week of fine dining, winetasting and cooking, and headed out for Corning Supercharger.

We needed to range charge the T because our itinerary called for a 4 day stop in Redding before charging at Mt Shasta. We backed into the completely empty supercharger, middle station 3A. This was also an experiment in how long it would take to super range charge our S85, starting with 47 remaining and charging to 100%, or 267. To add 220 miles took one hour and a half.

After ambling around and finding the Chevron station restrooms, and buying BBQ potato chips, what we should have done is cross the street diagonally from Chevron to the Olive Pit, because we actually would have had plenty of time to eat lunch. What we ended up doing was eating the potato chips, and telling the Rabobank security guard about the car, and shooting the breeze with owners of an early red Model S from Portland who were on their way to San Francisco.

Note: if you circle south around the Rabobank hoping to turn left back to the freeway, it is forbidden. Better to dogleg left at the Best Western sign at the north of Rabobank parking lot.

We pulled up to our hotel in Redding, the very comfortable Marriott Towne Place Suites, off Cypress Avenue just off I-5. We like to cook our own food and are always overjoyed to have a full kitchen.
However, we are traveling with the T, and it also needs to be fed.

Although we arrived with 195 miles of rated range, we don’t want to stay put. We need additional miles so we can range over to Lassen Volcanic National Park, up to Lake Shasta and the Caverns, west into Redding and the bird sanctuary and Sundial bridge, the huge Shasta dam, and natural attractions like Whiskeytown Lake.

Whereas the Marriott desk clerk had told us by phone that we could charge on a NEMA 14-50 one block over at the Red Lion hotel, outlets are only for guests. For non-guests the charge is $40, no matter how long you charge. We searched on PlugShare and found a listing for EV4U Custom Conversions. Richard e-mailed us that they were moving the EVSE, so it was unavailable. PlugShare also listed two campgrounds, as well as CHAdeMO charging which we can’t yet use due to a lack of the right adapter.

Finally, at 8 a.m. this morning, we phoned the Mountain Gate RV resort just south of Lake Shasta, and Pat welcomed us to one of 122 pads, all of which are equipped with 50 amp (NEMA 14-50) like our charging set-up in our home garage. We added 30 miles in one hour for $3, just to see if it would work, while strolling around.

Some campgrounds actually have one bedroom cabins with cooking, for $65 to 80, but you have to supply your own sheets. We had never considered this. However, if traveling far off the Supercharger Highway, it might be workable, since the price includes a complete night of charging so we could fill the battery completely while sleeping.

Monday we’ll be on our way again north toward Canada, sticking like glue to the Tesla Superhighway. There is simply no better feeling, watching the 17” screen read “350 mph” as the electrons pour in!

Claudia and Steve

NKYTA | 09. Mai 2014

Keep it coming! Sounds fun.

Why am I working instead of traveling? ;-)

sosmerc | 09. Mai 2014

Please do keep writing...interesting and enjoyable reading. Early Tesla owners are true "pioneers" and these early road trip adventures are somewhat akin to "wagons west".....but with far more comfort than those days. Once you are safely out of LA you probably don't even have to worry about fierce Indians either :)........

sbeggs | 10. Mai 2014

@NKYTA and @sosmerc,
Thanks for the encouragement!

Yesterday, the Marriott Towne Place Suites in Redding told us they have allowed motor homes to pull in back of the hotel in the gigantic parking spaces next to the 110V outlet and plug in overnight.

So, we were able to plug in our S85 and this morning, we see that we have acquired 40 more miles of rated range. With 252 miles in the tank, we can tour the Lake Shasta area in comfort! Four miles of range per hour only seems slow when you are awake!

Brian H | 10. Mai 2014

A+
Superb account, no skimping on observations and detail. Prospective welcome to Canada!

sbeggs | 11. Mai 2014

@Brian H, that is high praise, indeed. Thank you!

Although we have traveled extensively overseas, the only place I have visited in Canada is Vancouver. Steve traveled extensively in Canada when he was selling airplanes for Boeing and had the Canadian accounts.

So I look forward to seeing Alberta. If all goes well, our route will take us to Sicamous, Revelstoke, Golden, Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise (no charging in Jasper, so will not be able to go that far).

Any advice regarding Alberta? Are you living in Canada, and, if so, in which area? We had always intended to explore its beauty by car, and look forward to continuing north.

After 3 beautiful days in the Lake Shasta region, tomorrow we will supercharge at Mt. Shasta, stop by friends' house in Weed, and stay overnight near the Grant's Pass Supercharger.

Then we'll supercharge again at Woodburn before entering Columbia Gorge, with its lower amp charging.

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