Superchargers or RV Parks?

After my experience off the grid, I debated extensively taking a RV route from St. Louis through to Denver or returning north along the supercharger route.

The RV route was about 1/2 the distance of the supercharger route.  The blue line would be the RV route and the supercharger route was following the Tesla shields.

Northern Supercharger Route or Off Grid RV route in Blue?

Northern Supercharger Route or Off Grid RV route in Blue?

 

Trying to analyze the choice numerically, the RV park route was 830 miles and the supercharger route was 1535 miles.  The driving time estimate was 12 hours for the RV park route and 23 hours for the supercharger route.  The charging time estimate was difficult to calculate but for the RV park route would have been a minimum of 3 RV park charges but probably 4 to be on the safe side.

I was so stumped I even put it as a poll on the forum and the results were pretty 50-50 with 27 votes.

The problem with the RV parks on this path was that the route had nothing of interest. Another large problem was that some of the RV parks were spaced unevenly, so even charging may require odd timing of stops.

I began investigating and calling some RV parks.  I was quite dismayed when I called the first RV park and they said they are often completely full.  Also the weather was not really nice enough to want to relax in a chair under a tree or go for a walk.

So in the end I decided to take the supercharger route.  The first day I spent several hours visiting various Lincoln sites in Springfield, Illinois.  The second day I simply drove and visited seven superchargers!  These seven superchargers were Mauston WI, LaCrosse WI, Albert Lea MN, Worthington MN, Mitchell SD, Murdo SD and Rapid City SD.  The total driving distance on that day was 720 miles and took me about 13 hours to drive and charge plus 15 minutes of other time.

The last day of the supercharger route, I had the joy of visiting Custer State Park in South Dakota.  On the way out the weather was so bad, I did not go to this park as I figured all the animals would be in hiding.  I had a few hours enjoying the park, which reminded me of an African safari.

Scared Pronghorn in Custer State Park

Scared Pronghorn in Custer State Park

Beautiful Large Bison in Custer State Park

Beautiful Large Bison in Custer State Park

Prairie Dogs in Custer State Park Keeping a Lookout

Prairie Dogs in Custer State Park Keeping a Lookout

Tame Burro in Custer State Park Looking for Free Food

Tame Burro in Custer State Park Looking for Free Food

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