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ev battery performance feels like it’s been about 30% worse than last summer due to the cold weather. i’m in eastern pennsylvania now and it’s 40° f (vs 0° f in parts of north dakota, yesterday) and those 40° make a difference in distance covered between charges—though it still feels cold!

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it just started snowing north of chicago. apparently it’s due for 6 inches.

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fargo, north dakota

3° f at 8:45pm.

the scenery is quite a contrast with may of last year.

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looking west


sheridan, wyoming… roads south are closed because of last night’s storm. backtracking to billings and then across north dakota this time.

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new york city

objective complete!

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indiana

charging hasn’t been a problem. there have been chargers every 100 miles or so with only a few exceptions—at least on our route through washington, idaho, montana … indiana (so far). many/most have been located at places like shopping centers, rather than gas stations, however which makes breaks less convenient. note: on the toll roads east of chicago the service areas have chargers, which is an improvement.
 
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fargo north dakota

there’s excellent tesla charger coverage through north dakota. generally, we drive for ~120 minutes and then charge for 15-20 minutes. that feels like about twice as often as a gas-powered car but it hasn’t been a problem. and frequent breaks have been nice. 

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i spent the night in glendive montana, which is both the town i was born in and a town i probably haven’t been back to since. it is both raining heavily and blowing hard. the wind i remember, the heavy rain i don’t remember. at the moment it feels like the coast of alabama after a hurricane, which is 180° off from the arid eastern prairies of my childhood memories. 

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