ed5000
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Re: Charging Down Route 66

Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:52 am

I did a googlemaps search of Shamrock, Texas and up popped a great photo of an old gas station green and white in color. Who knows how old it could be.
2012 ES, Cool Metalic Silver, no quick charge, no fog lights and no navi but a cold weather package for when it gets 13 below, wait - it never gets that cold here.
"Silver Shadow"

rkarl89203
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Re: Charging Down Route 66

Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:13 am

There were a LOT of old places..
Shamrock was a lot of fun!

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Re: Charging Down Route 66

Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:18 am

Day 20 was windy. Drove to Reagan/Dykes Mitsubishi in Amarillo and charged to full. Free charge but took almost 3 hours because the wind cut our range and RR down prior to arrival. Did some exploring in and near Amarillo. Got to Cadillac Ranch, took some fotos. Did a quick 1 hour topup at an RV park we did on the western outskirts of Amarillo.($5). Drove to Vega Texas on the old alignment. Miles and miles of flat land with very little to see except wind farms which seem to be everywhere. Decided to top up our
Charge at the Walnut RV park. It was described as a "friendly RV park" on Plugshare. It wasnt and isnt. The guy there charged us $10, was upset about us "parking on his grass" asked where our RV was, and then kept skulking around and glaring at us. After 1 hour of this we decided to just go on to Adrian to charge up instead. Drove to Adrian TX. As it was now towards sunset, we decided to stay at the Fabulous 40 motel in Adrian Texas.
Checked out the Midpoint Cafe(not open until April 14) and the Midpoint signs and monument. This is an intriguing little town...fun to explore.
Our topup charge at the Midpoint Campground cost $10. All in all, a good sunny but VERY windy day. Due to the wind we didnt make Tucumcari. We are now technically 1.5 days behind on our trip as scheduled. We traveled 73 miles on Day 20.

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Re: Charging Down Route 66

Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:27 am

Rick, I'm saddened by the number of negative interactions you've had during this trip. :cry: Yes, headwinds can be the bane of our travel. Trip data spreadsheet updated.
EVs: 2 Wht/Blu SE Prem., '13 Tesla MS85, 3 156v CorbinSparrows (2 Li-ion), 24v EcoScoot(LiFePO4)
EV Conv: 156v '86 Ram PU, 144v '65 Saab 96
Hybrids: 48v1kW bike
ICE: '88 Isuzu Trooper. Mothballed: '67 Saab (orig.owner), '76 MBZ L206D RHD RV

rkarl89203
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Re: Charging Down Route 66

Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:01 am

Thanks Joe! Most of our interactions have been VERY positive like right now.
We were going to charge L2 here at Russells Truck and Travel Center. Their Shorepower outlets are down so Mr Russell himself had employees run an extension cord for us to charge L1, no
Cost.
Above and Beyond! This was a great experience. And the huge breakfast was great too!

Don
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Re: Charging Down Route 66

Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:04 pm

Three ways to drive cross country:

!.) On the freeway at 70 mph covering 500 to 600 miles each day, not seeing a darned thing except the roadway

2.) On the back roads at 50 mph covering 300 to 400 miles each day going through small towns where you see many more things than on any freeway

3.) On the back roads at 35 or 40 mph, covering 75 to 100 miles each day, stopping to recharge periodically and interacting with many friendly folks all along the way :mrgreen:

I've done it the second way numerous times - If you're riding a motorcycle, stopping to rest from time to time, you will actually meet some folks, but nothing like you will if you need to recharge every 40 or 50 miles

Don
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rkarl89203
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Re: Charging Down Route 66

Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:59 pm

I will take door #3.
Seriously this stopping to charge is seriously conducive to making friends along the way.
That is a GOOD thing!

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Re: Charging Down Route 66

Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:49 pm

Today Day 21 was awesome! Leaving Adrian Texas we followed old 66 on frontage roads about half the way to Glenrio NM. The sunny weather, lack of headwinds and a generally good feeling made the freeway beckon.
We got on I-40 where the route joined it. Once again, our imiev performed flawlessly. Staying in the right lane at 55-60 mph this was our first extended downhill cruise. To our delight, we got just enough regen to reduce our RR consumption to an acceptable level.
Pulling off the freeway we explored the
Almost ghost town of Glenrio. Hard to believe, but there was quite a busy place before I-40 came. Getting confidently back on the freeway(route 66 ended just past Glenrio) we drove to the New Mexico Welcome Centre.
Lotsof good information, friendly folks and curiosity about our imiev.
We drove on to the Russell Truck and Travel Centre. Arriving with just under half a 'tank' we discovered that their NEMA 14-50 was not working.
Mr. Russell himself(the owner) told his employees to run a long extension cord out their service bay so we could charge L1. Just a great gesture. So nice.
While we gained 21 miles in 3 hours we saw their classic car route 66 museum and had an unbelievably large steak and eggs breakfast.Huge!
So...we shook hands all around and left for Tucumcari on route 66 next to the freeway. Did some great photography at San Jon and then arrived in Tucumcari after 3PM. Got a room at the Blue Swallow. Had a great meal but best of all charged to full at Continental Oil right next to the Blue Swallow motel. The L2 clipper creek j1772 is free. Awesome!
Day 21 is a great day! We drove 72 miles today.

Don
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Re: Charging Down Route 66

Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:58 pm

Glen Rio was an experience! - When I-40 passed it by, it became an instant ghost town. It looks like a strong wind would blow it all away. There used to be several motels there that had been closed for 20 or 30 years . . . . are they still there?

We stayed at the Blue Swallow in Tucumcari too - Really a step back in time

Don
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Re: Charging Down Route 66

Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:12 pm

The motels are still there but they are in horrible shape.

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