Heading cross country!

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.

JonathanL | January 24, 2014


Great to read your updates with my morning coffee. Looking forward to your next post.

Maybe a Tesla owner in CA could print out a picture of Broder and Flat Stanley for you so you could take a picture of them at each SC on the return trip. I would keep the Broder picture in the frunk and let Flat Stanley sit in the comfortable back seat.

JenAlJill13 | January 24, 2014

Second Brian H on more posts from Jill; it would be great to get a woman's point of view on this history making trip. I know my wife absolutely loves "her" Tesla (yes, it's become hers now, I'm lucky to drive it once a week...). We plan to duplicate myfastlady's trip this summer. Hopefully, you're keeping a detailed log of drive times, charging parameters, "fuel" consumtion, etc. We would love to see a post (at your leisure after you get back home) with more details of the trip. As Brian said, give us as many details as possible, we'll all rooting for you and Jill. You're doing this trip the hard way, east to west against prevailing winds, in the winter on a northerly route. This will dispell any notions that this is not a main stream family car. Continuing good luck.

JenAlJill13 | January 24, 2014

Broder is just a small inconsequential blip on the history of the Model S... Let's not give this guy any more attention. He doesn't deserve to be mentioned ever again.

JonathanL | January 24, 2014

That is true. I am sure Flat Stanley would prefer not to travel with Broder either.

BrassGuy | January 24, 2014

I toyed with the idea of trying this trip, but starting out before the superchargers you need are even open yet? "Oh MAN! I'm still geekin' out about it!"
Watching with envy, best of luck and safety.

Panoz | January 24, 2014

So how do so many people, even those outside the Tesla community, know about this trip? I must say the thread started rather unnoticeably. How does this thing get around?

drax7 | January 24, 2014

There should be a huge celebration party greeting you upon arrival, sort of like
When Lindbergh landed in Paris . Come on tesla , bring the press on.

JohnGlenney | January 24, 2014

We are heading out again in a few minutes and I will ask Jill to post something while I drive. We are trying to get to LA by Saturday since she is due to be a at work on Sunday. There is a red-eye from LAX so we shall see. Put In a few questions in the next few hrs and I am sure she will respond. There was something curious about Cheyenne. All of the other Superchargers are built on the same design. 4, 6 or 8 charging spaces with the chargers themselves in the back off the pavement. It's a beautiful design, nice and open that could be easily cleared in the case of snow. Cheyenne has 4 charge spots that are set at an angle. I found them not as easy to get into and it was a bit of a tight fit. Ploughing will be very difficult. Just wondering why this difference? I guess we have come to expect perfection from Tesla.

MacDaddyDude | January 24, 2014

You're about 1200 miles out, and I dare say that Jill is not going to be 100% on Sunday.

I like the idea of ending in Fremont...maybe Elon could give Jill a job with the Marketing group instead of the Red Eye on Sunday? :)

Stay safe!

STEVEZ | January 24, 2014

John and Jill -

Congratulations on making it 'over the hump' (literally!) on your trans-con road trip! I wish I hadn't been otherwise obligated last evening, or I would have met you at the Silverthorne SC just to shake your hands and wish you well on the remainder of the trip.

Once you clear Vail Pass this morning the rest of the route should be a milk run. Have you set your final destination? I'll bet there are some folks in CA who would like to be there to celebrate with you!

STEVEZ | January 24, 2014

@John: yes, the Cheyenne configuration is a bit of a puzzle. I was there last Friday as the crew was awaiting their final inspection (and again on Tuesday to get the very first owner charge), but I didn't think to ask about the odd design. As you noted, the pedestal spacing is tight and the nose-in angle parking puts the pedestals in harm's way for snow plows and inattentive Model S drivers. There is one advantage: the arrangement makes it much less likely the charging bays will be ICE'd out of simple ignorance. Given the out-of-the-way location in that vast parking lot, though, I'd say ICEing is the least of our worries. As a matter of fact, the aerial photo on the Cheyenne Supercharger page shows a convention of RV's parked in that same part of the lot.

Per O | January 24, 2014

I really think you guys should go all the way to Fremont Tesla HQ.
Not sure if you toured the facility. It is extremely impressive. They do have tours on Saturdays, but most of production was not running when I was there on a Saturday.
And there is a SFO-EWR redeye at 10.39 :-)

AtlantaCourier | January 24, 2014

What a fantastic thing! I began following this from day one. The harrowing dash across Wisconsin and Minnesota is the stuff of legend! Like many people following you, I am jealous and inspired. All day yesterday (and then again this morning)I found myself wanting yank my steering wheel hard around and aim my car at Savannah, Georgia - and the Supercharger that is there.

From there, I could head up the east coast and upon reaching Hagerstown, I could jump on the "Tesla Cross-Country Supercharger Highway" and follow you all the way out to California.

But then I quickly realize that I am still driving an ICE Honda Civic and that I don't even own a Tesla.

However, I do take my vacation in 2 weeks and even though I go to the same place in Florida every year, those plans are not firm by any means (^.^)

So, Yesterday, I went to the Hertz site to see how much a Tesla rental would cost (just in case I change my mind). Its $400.00/day (with 75 miles/day included) and $0.50/mile for additional mileage. Okay, nix those plans.

But John and Jill, thanks for sharing your trip with us...if only for a few minutes each day, you transport us away from all this everyday nonsense and help us to see that that there is indeed a brighter, SANER, future for all of us.

SarahsDad | January 24, 2014

Um, that's about 1600 more miles to go all the way to Fremont. But agree, Tesla would be crazy not to publically acknowledge this...

Windsurfer | January 24, 2014

We are all pulling for you and your daughter on this historic trip. I hope you're taking lots of pictures to document your adventure. I assume you are the first to make this coast to coast trip via Supercharger.

Tesla should do something to commemorate you accomplishment. This is a true milestone for the Tesla community.

It's interesting to read that on some of your legs you had very little reserve by the time you reached the next Supercharger. I'm wondering if your trip would be feasible in a 60. In the summer, I imagine the answer would be yes, but given the reduced range we all have in the winter, I would imagine the answer would be no.

Is there anyone else (besides one poster I saw earlier) contemplating the trip in a 60?

JohnGlenney | January 24, 2014

Now in Glenwood springs. Efficiency has gone up and we had 100 miles of range left on arrival. The scenery is spectacular, and we have bright sunshine and clear roads. The powers that be are shining down on us now. Had to play some John Denver on the drive to honor a guy who would have understood.

RedShift | January 24, 2014

Please come to Fremont. I will meet you there with a large box of chocolates and a bottle of fine vine.

Best thread I have read on this forum.

RedShift | January 24, 2014


Captain_Zap | January 24, 2014

If you have the opportunity to travel northward up the I-5 corridor to Seattle I have some friends that might be interested in the story.

A family member is a producer of couple local TV shows for NBC. A friend of ours is an anchor at the local ABC station. I could give them a heads up if you are interested. I'd have to let them know ASAP.

Also, I saw an ID here kschram and wondered if it was a local reporter. There is another local media person at TMC that has a Tesla.

For the EV community and for this century it is like Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic and the railroad's Golden Spike combined.

Thom EM | January 24, 2014

Absolutely inspiring! Let's all post this thread to our Twitter, Facebook, etc. feeds and see if we can't generate some attention...

assaf.oron | January 24, 2014 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:

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

breading | January 24, 2014


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.

Captain_Zap | January 24, 2014

Social media meets broadcasting. Who gets the scoop?

Rheumboy | January 24, 2014

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

Cindy I II III | January 24, 2014

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

Tiebreaker | January 24, 2014

@myfastlady: This is a wonderful adventure, perfect in smarts, timing and courage! You should get a special commemorative plaque affixed on the car! | January 24, 2014

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.

AtlantaCourier | January 24, 2014


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?

JohnGlenney | January 24, 2014

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.

wraithnot | January 24, 2014

@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?

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

CalDreamin | January 24, 2014

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.

Rheumboy | January 24, 2014


Is Bjorn with you? Probably video.

Cindy I II III | January 24, 2014

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.

JohnGlenney | January 24, 2014

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.

Pricee2 | January 24, 2014

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

SamO | January 24, 2014

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.

Mark Z | January 24, 2014

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

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.

JenAlJill13 | January 24, 2014

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

JenAlJill13 | January 24, 2014

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

wraithnot | January 24, 2014


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

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

SarahsDad | January 24, 2014

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

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...

logicalthinker | January 24, 2014

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)

EJH | January 24, 2014


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!

JohnGlenney | January 24, 2014

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 . 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.

wraithnot | January 24, 2014

@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!

Bighorn | January 24, 2014

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!

Captain_Zap | January 24, 2014


I never knew anyone else that did.

shop | January 24, 2014

@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!

horseheadcrossing | January 24, 2014

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

hikerockies | January 24, 2014

@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.