Thursday, August 4, 2016
Death Valley isn't really that hot, is it? - Day 10
After the dunes, we stopped and had lunch at Stove Pipe wells. We had lunch in the car as it was too hot for Oliver, the North Carolina native. After lunch, we continued onward through the valley and stopped at Vista Point...a few times.
Our last charging stop before Mammoth Lakes was Lone Pine. According to our Tesla navigation system, the chargers were functioning intermittently. In Beatty, before entering Death Valley, we called Tesla customer service to assess situation. The agent indicated that it was because there was intermittent power in the area and not an equipment failure. So, we went for it rather than go around Death Valley. Fortunately for us, the chargers in Lone Pine were working great and we had no issues. While there, we visited the Cowboy museum and I was able to tell Oliver some things about his Grandpa Hines. It was a good stop.
We reached Mammoth Lakes in time to get a nice swim in the pool. After our swim, we ran into Oliver's cousin Cash and his mom Michelle. It was just a happy coincidence that they were vacationing here at the same time.
Traveling through the mountains produced some very interesting energy curves. While we used more power than usual going up the hills, we regenerated gobs of power going down the hills. In one downward trek, we travelled 13 miles but had more range at the end of that portion than the beginning. Perhaps we should have kept more accurate records so that Oliver could have data for a future math project.
Day 10 was a very memorable day!