Submitted by exPGAhacker on 24. September 2013
I did a run up Highway 101 to Monterey on Sunday and a turnaround back Interstate 5 late Monday night. My S ran flawlessly, and with prior proper planning, the 775 mile roundtrip was not a problem. The only minor/major issue I ran into was the lack of charging infrastructure in Monterey and my available time to use what was available to use. But the problem was solved as I skirted a bit out of my way north out of Monterey to go use the Gilroy supercharger, then on to the 5 heading home.
All superchargers worked well and were located near plenty of food options except Harris Ranch. However, for those who love a good steak, that is probably the best supercharging stop eating experience of all. The downside... the stink. I mean it smelled. Horribly. Like in gut-wrenching. To those of you who are unfamiliar with the odor that wet cow dung throws off, all I can say is, "Lucky!!" I've travelled the Interstate 5 for years but have never stopped in an area that stunk worse than this one. It smells so horrible that the Harris Ranch building that houses the gift shop and restaurant/bar has not one set of doors in the front, not TWO sets of doors in the front, but three sets of doors to go through to block the stench from entering. I kid you not. From the outside you go through the first set of doors and a powerful wind blower hits you (probably to blow the particulate cow dung air matter off of you). Then you exit that "chamber" through another set of doors into an area that is pumped with neutral air. After that, you enter through a set of doors into the building lobby. The doors work until a cowboy walks in and doesn't shake off his boots!
Really. I kid you not. That is what awaits you at the Harris Ranch supercharging station. And please do not think you can sit in your car while charging unless you also enjoy the scent of your own puke to add to the wonderful smell of Tesla leather. This is one stinker of a supercharger! Charge quick and head on down the road!