After a good night’s sleep and a great breakfast, I had the opportunity to wash clothes and re-sort my stuff. I loaded the car up, said goodbye to Bev and Amber, and then left for the Ortega Highway. Bev and Amber recommended I drive it west over the mountains for the scenic views and switchbacks. It’s highway 74 between Lake Elsinore and San Juan Capistrano. It was a wonderful suggestion! I very much enjoyed the drive. The Tesla has no problem with the mountain curves and inclines. Going up, I was averaging 1131 kwh / mile at one point. Going down, I was averaging 29 kwh / mile at one point. Quite the fun road! In the first picture, you can see part of the road on the right side.
In San Juan Capistrano, I encountered another full SuperCharging location. This one had a Tesla Attendant. She informed me that it would be about a 20 minute wait until charging. I had plenty to make it to the next charger, so I said I would keep going instead. Tesla is rapidly building out more SuperCharger locations. California already has the most, but it obviously needs more. Most of the locations I stopped on my cross-country trip in April / May were empty when I charged.
Before leaving Phoenix, I sent off two emails, one to Tesla and one to Space X. In each, I inquired about taking a tour. Tesla has responded and I may be able to join a tour next week in Fremont. I have not heard back from Space X. Nevertheless, I decided to drive over to Space X in Hawthorne.
The Hawthorne Supercharging location is behind Space X. It’s an interesting setup with more charging stalls than I recall seeing at any other location. I connected to the charger and walked into a Tesla store at this location. This store does not have any cars on display or available for test drives, but there is merchandise for sale and it is part of a much larger building. I heard what sounded like an electric vehicle driving through the building behind the store walls. I asked if it was possible to get a tour of the building, but was told no. I did buy a Tesla stainless steel bottle for the trip. 🙂
I walked behind the Space X building and around through the alley to the entrance. A security guard stood outside. I asked if it was possible to enter and see part of the inside and maybe even get a tour. He informed me that it’s only possible to get a tour if you know someone that works inside at Space X. So, if anyone reads this happens to work at Space X or know someone that does… I’d really like a tour, please. 🙂
After Space X, I decided to drive up to West Hollywood and drive through on Santa Monica Blvd. I then circled back on Sunset Blvd, and finally East again on Hollywood Blvd. Meh.
Tomorrow I’d like to drive some of the Pacific Coast Highway, so I headed Northwest out of Hollywood. I’m stopped for the night in Oxnard. This will be my first night sleeping in the Tesla. I’ve been sitting in a parking lot in front of a TMobile store using their free Wifi to catch up on the blog. I’ll get a picture of the assembled bed tonight before going to sleep.
Car numbers so far:
Energy: 235 kWh
Avg Energy: 318 Wh / mile