sendmeonmyway wrote:When are you going on your trip? (how did it go?)
So here's a bit more detailed story of how it went.
We left around 10:00AM on Tuesday. Since Monarch has a climb to over 11,000ft from 7,700ft here in Gunnison I took it very slow, going 35mph on the shoulder with my flashers on, until we reached the top of the pass. At the top of the pass I had 24% battery left. From there we went on into Salida going the speed limit, although I did take a back road from Poncha Springs to the Salida hospital that was 45mph instead of the 55mph highway. Even going the speed limit I regained 12% going down the pass topping out at 36% and when we finally made it to the charger at the Salida Hospital the Leaf had 32% left.
In Salida it was about noon, and we walked from the Hospital to the park on fourth street. There we had lunch. On the way back to the car we passed by a thrift store where I left my wife as I went to go get the car. However, it started to sprinkle. And when I got to were I could see my Leaf from just across the street from the parking lot it started to downpour and soaked my pants in spite of using an umbrella.
Well I got the Leaf unplugged and jumped into it in that downpour. It was about 2:30 and the Leaf had 99%. I went and picked up my wife from the thrift store and we went along towards Cañon City going the speed limit. Now let me clarify one thing. When I say "going the speed limit" I mean I not only obey the actual speed limit, but also all those advisory yellow speed signs for every corner and intersection.
We made it to the Echo Canyon campground around 3:30 with about 45% if I remember correctly. So we started to set up camp. However I came to find out that the tent poles weren't in the bag with the rest of the tent. So we went down into Cañon City with the Leaf to go look for something we could use. On the way, I used this as an excuse to go over the beautiful Skyline Drive into Cañon City. We found a Wal-Mart and bought several bamboo skewers and duct-tape and headed back. The climb took quite a bit more energy, but we still arrived with around 17% left at the campground. So we left the car charging off of the 120V 15A/20A outlet. Camping there went fine. Our spot was somewhat secluded and in the trees and the site was very nice overall. We could see the Royal Gorge bridge from our tent.
Next morning we had breakfast off of our camping stove and then packed up and went on our way to Colorado Springs. I took it easy to Colorado Springs by going 5 to 10mph under the speed limit. I made it fine to the northern part of town. My wife decided she'd prefer to charge near a store of some sort so I charged at the CHAdeMO at the REI. However I had forgotten my credit card. Good thing my wife had hers. It was a little over $10 and I charged to 90% from around 25%, if I remember correctly. However, I did end up with 7 temp bars, which is something I had never seen before.
Instead of driving to Castle Rock on I-25 I decided to go down highway 83 and then take the E-470 toll towards north Denver. We made it just fine to the free CHAdeMO station on the toll road. I charged to 80%, but ended up with 8 temp bars. After that we drove to where we were going to stay for the rest of the week, about 10 miles from there, and let the car set and cool down until morning.
I ended up not being able to charge where we were staying. So every morning and evening as I passed by along the E-470 toll road I'd charge from about 50% to 80%. Doing that didn't seem to affect the temp bars and they stayed around 5 in the mornings and 6 in the afternoons. The charging station wasn't completely free though. By going off and then back on the toll road it cost about $1.50 each time. But I do have an E-470 toll sticker on my car and an account with about $80 that I thought I'd never use anyway, so to me that wasn't a problem.
On the way back I hit a couple Green Lots CHAdeMO stations at Nissan Dealers in Denver and Lakewood. It was Sunday so there wasn't anyone at either one. The one mistake I did make was to do most of my charging at the dealer next to the Colorad Mills mall. I thought it would be a great idea for my wife but come to find out the mall was closed due to hail damage. But my wife was very tired and actually was preferring a nap anyway. I instead walked down to a Wendy's and got an chocolate Frosty.
From there we went to Idaho Springs. Pulling in to the level 2 for the Beau Jo's restaurant at around 6:30 someone else in a Leaf was just pulling out. I did have a hard time getting the handle to release. We had dinner there; fine place! By the time we were through the car had 99% and we were on the road.
I did take it a bit easy up the pass and made it just fine to the Lowery campground around 9PM with about 35% left. I can't remember how much we regained going down I-70 from the Eisenhower tunnel but it did seem to be a lot! However at Lowery I dicoverved I had reserved the wrong night and had no cash for the night. So we zipped on down to Frisco and got some cash from an ATM after finding one and headed back up to Lowery. It was after 11PM by that time. I had charged at the Whole Foods Market in Frisco for a bit so we ended up with 19% at Lowery.
Next day we had some breakfast we headed out with 86%. We made it too the charging station at Copper Mountain and charged to 100%. From there we went on into Leadville. I drove around the Mountain College looking for the charging station there but didn't see it. However we didn't look very hard and continued on to Buena Vista. After getting input from my wife we charged for 30 minutes at the charging station by the river walk and walked around looking at the river. I ended up paying $5 for less than 5kWh.
From there we made it so Salida. In Salida we left the car again at the Hospital and walked around town looking for a good place to dine since it was about 6:00. We ended up at Mama's Deli. After a somewhat light supper we walked back to the car at the hospital. It had 98% so we waited until 99% and got going. Again I took it really easy up the mountain. On this side the road is narrower, but fortunately most cars came up on me at places where I could pull over. We reached the top with 41% and down the other side we regained up to 57%. From there I did the speed limit and ended up in Gunnison with 25% at around 695 miles right before sunset. But we decided to go to the store and come back so I had 701.1 miles and 19% on the dash when I finally plugged in at home.