April 22, 2014 I started my cross country journey. I had been planning on leaving sometime in the second half of April. I had some obligations through April 12 and some planned events to attend over the next weekend. I also arranged the first supercharger “Charge-Off” during that week and will publish that data soon. But I was thrilled that when all was packed and ready, my leaving date was coincidentally Earth Day.
In true wanderlust fashion based upon a stranger’s recommendation, I made a detour to a new Tule Elk preserve just north of Los Banos. The Central Valley of California is quite beautiful in its natural state. I saw a couple of Elk far away on their elevated viewing platform. When using the navigation system to head to Harris Ranch while in the preserve I got the error “No route Found to this Location” but the system worked fine once I was back on paved roads.
I fortunately had topped off the pack in Gilroy for ten minutes and arrived at the Harris Ranch supercharger with 10 miles left in the pack. I did a quick supercharger time test and got 152 miles in 30 minutes (test #7) in 73 degree Fahrenheit (23 degree Celsius) weather. I had a full 120kW of power and was the only one using the supercharger stations. I think I will stop measuring my time unless my battery is at zero miles.
Much to my surprise as I was leaving just across the street at the Shell gas station an ICE vehicle was on fire. I pulled on past the vehicle to watch the fire pattern. I was probably about 100 feet away and someone was trying to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher. The effort looked like it was reasonably successful. But after a few more minutes, the fire got worse and the car burned to crisp. Pieces of the car started to burst off, and at that point I decided to leave the area.
I was staying in my car the entire time but I in the distance I was hearing the driver’s story. The driver was a man who just bought this car to drive to his son’s funeral. Maybe I should have stayed a bit longer to see if he would was headed in the same direction as I was.