Day 8 began in a fairly disappointing manner. Jesse woke around 10:30 and went to check on the car to find that it had only accumulated 110 miles (plus the 9 we had left over) over night before the breaker blew. This put us behind our intended schedule for the day, but actually ended up working out for the better. While the car continued it’s standard charge up to the 250 mile range, we took advantage of another beautiful day to catch up on emails, find some coffee (KOA Madison has a Keurig in the camp store).
From Madison, we headed towards Hagerstown, MD to show the car to some friends there. We checked into the Jellystone RV Park in Williamsport, MD and had a very interesting discussion there with the staff about the possibility of offering different rates to EV owners who are just looking to stop and charge for the day.
While their current policies didn’t allow for anything other than paying for a full reservation of a site, they at least said they’d look into this further. Further discussion with the owner of the park said that EV owners have also made a blip on the RV Park Owners Association of America (or something like that) and they’re currently deciding how best to accommodate EV owners in the future. If anyone knows of this type of governing organization, it might be worth reaching out to them to see if we can’t help them gather facts to make an informed decision. In my opinion, RV parks have a crucial role to play in making EV travel a reality in the short to mid-term future.
Our friends met us at the RV park and brought a picnic dinner to share while we waited to accumulate enough mileage to make it to the final destination for the evening, northern MD.
Tomorrow is a big day, with two events: a showing at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore, at 9am, followed by the Tesla Showroom Event starting at 1 tomorrow in DC. Hope to see some of you there!
Goodnight, for now: Steve