Day 0: So It Begins

I left my house in Berkeley at 5am so as to avoid the worst of the traffic.

Pulled in to the empty Tesla Supercharger station in Dublin with fifty miles left at 0530. 

Dublin Supercharger for the last time.  

Dublin Supercharger for the last time.  

Made it to Harris Ranch with no problem. Drove conservatively, keeping it at around 70mph most of the way.  

Harris Ranch is where they have the new Battery Swap stall, which just sort of looks like one of those drive through car washes. The doors were closed so wasn't much to see. 

Harris Ranch Battery Swap

Harris Ranch Battery Swap

The next leg was longer, 160miles, to Mojave. I charged up to 220miles and set the cruise at 68, knowing I had the Tehachipi Pass to get over. 

Mojave Supercharger. I heard a sonic boom shortly after taking this shot. Standard out here. 

Mojave Supercharger. I heard a sonic boom shortly after taking this shot. Standard out here. 

I pulled in to Mojave with 30 miles to spare, so it overestimated my range a little (not surprising, considering the Tehachipi Pass, and a couple episodes over 70mph...) 

Sixty more miles got me to Ridgecrest, near the Inyokern Supercharger. I grew up in the Mountains above this town.  

Somewhere in the desert

Somewhere in the desert

The Tesla is now charging slowly overnight on 115v - but it's pure, 100%, All-American Carbon-free solar electricity from a grid-tied Net Positive residence. Doesn't get any better than that. 

I feel like I'm experiencing the future. Oh, this  is what it's going to be like in x years. This is what normal will be soon. The picture clarifies a little bit. 

Today was a trip I often make by gas car in 6 hours. Today I did it in 7.5. - but honestly, since I stopped more frequently and drove somewhat slower, I didn't feel as strung out as I usually do when I did finally arrive. If speed records is a priority for you, I can't recommend going the electric vehicle route. But if quality of life is what you value, there may be something to this. 

This was just the first day. I'll check back in on this after 3,800 miles. 

I'm not going far tomorrow. On Saturday I drive from here to Flagstaff, Arizona.