West Virginia currently does not have any SuperChargers. It’s also mountainous. This makes it tricky to plan a trip into the state. I figured I would leave the SuperCharger in Lexington, Virginia with a full trip charge, head West on 64 to White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, then see how much range I have remaining. If enough, I’d wind SouthWest through the state and go back into Virginia for the SuperCharger at Wytheville. If not, I could turn around and re-charge at Lexington before heading South through Virginia.
The last part of charging to a full charge takes the longest. I had 218 miles when I arrived at the charger and spent nearly an hour to get to 246. Being cold outside may have slowed the charging a bit, too. A full charge for my car is now 250. I also set the cruise to the speed limit, and kept the heat off to conserve energy.
As usual, I worried more than I needed to. I arrived at the rest stop just outside of White Sulphur Springs and checked the route to the Wytheville, VA SuperCharger. I had plenty of range remaining. The rest stop had a scenic overlook behind the facilities. I walked up and took some pictures.
I left 64 West and used 60 and then 63 to get to 219 South. I saw signs for an Organ Cave and figured I would stop and check that out. Unfortunately, it was closed for the season. I continued driving on the two lane 219 enjoying the scenery and the curves of the road. Most of the trip has been driving on Interstate highways. I enjoy the smaller highways for the towns and the scenery.
I stopped in Union, West Virginia for lunch at Korner Kafe. It was a small breakfast and lunch place. The hostess / server knew everyone else by first name. 🙂
After lunch, I continued the drive to Wytheville, Virginia. While charging, two cars arrived with extra equipment attached. One was a Tesla Model S. The two drivers set the Model S to charging and left in the other car. I took a look at the car and noticed the additional cameras and gov’t plates.
I’m meeting up with my friends Jason and Abby on Wednesday in North Carolina. Since I don’t have much distance to cover in the next 48 hours, I decided to stay in Wytheville.
After checking into the hotel, I stepped out to find a group of guys looking at my car. We talked about the car and I showed them some of the features. One guy said, “you’re from the future!” 🙂
A very pleasant surprise is that I have the fastest internet connection I’ve had since Julie’s house. It took almost 3 hours to write the Terceira blog post because the picture upload speed was so slow. It would take minutes to get one group of pictures uploaded. Here, I uploaded the seven pictures above in a few seconds.
I also managed to get in a small workout and a shower before writing this blog. I’ve gained some weight on this trip. Need to eat better and workout more. 🙂