Road Trip Recharge #4: Murdo, SD

LOCATION: Parking lot of Range Country Motel

MILES DRIVEN SINCE LAST CHARGE: 141.5 miles since last charge.

KWH USED: 52 kWh used.

TYPE OF CHARGER: Tesla Supercharger

LOCATION DETAILS: The Range Country Motel is nice place to stop in the quaint little town of Murdo, SD. The hotel was awesome and let us hang out in the lobby while we were charging. There were a few restaurants and things to see if you walked into town, which was not far at all. We chose not to do this, but there were a few different options to occupy time while charging.

WHAT WE DID WHILE CHARGING: Well, we discovered that we had a faulty charger, a little too late. However, the people we met at this stop were absolutely phenomenal. When we started charging, we each spent a few minutes calling home to talk to our families. Amanda’s kids wanted to know if there were trees where we were located, while Whitney’s husband was just glad we were still alive.

After that we decided to go inside the Range Country Motel to take a break and talk to the front desk person while we waited. Briget was awesome and filled us in on the differences between the “West River” and the “East River” people in South Dakota. (If you have no idea what we are talking about, you should Google this, it’s very interesting!) We had a great conversation about the differences in schools and sports (they only have 11 students in a class – 60 in their whole school!)

When we went back to the car, we discovered that our Supercharger had not fully charged our vehicle, but at the same time, a nice red Tesla was pulling up to the Supercharger, too. We soon discovered Dan was on his way to Edmonton, Canada! He taught us so much about our car simply by looking at the VIN number on the vehicle. (Follow us on our Facebook page to see a few videos featuring Dan, who even summons his Tesla to drive without anyone behind the wheel!)

When, after several more minutes and our car was still not fully charged, we noticed the power line transformer was making a clicking noise, so we called our coworker, Levi, a lineman at Stearns Electric Association. He told us, from what information we could tell him, that he thought it was an Oil Circuit Recloser (OCR). We will investigate further when we travel back through Murdo on our way home.

Either way, we had a pretty great, albeit long, stop.

TIME START: 6:50 p.m.

TIME END: 8:45 p.m.

LENGTH OF CHARGE: 1 hour, 55 minutes (we are almost certain this was an issue with the Supercharger we were plugged into.)

WH/MILE: 368Wh/mi

HOW WE’RE FEELING: We are tired, but thankful this is our last trek of the day. We are also a little frustrated that it took a lot longer to charge than we anticipated, but at the same time we are grateful for the experience of meeting the people we did at the Murdo Supercharger. Overall, we are surprised with how little range anxiety we have felt today. Stopping to charge has not felt like a burden and we’ve had a cool story to share at every stop. The car keeps us informed every step of the way.

OTHER NOTES: We learn more and more about the features of the vehicle the further we go. We are excited to get to our hotel for the night, but also excited to continue on our journey to Salt Lake City tomorrow.

2 thoughts on “Road Trip Recharge #4: Murdo, SD

    1. Honestly it hasn’t been all that inconvenient at all. From a road trip standpoint charging has lined up well with lunch and dinner stops etc and there’s always been something to do nearby while we charge. Often the car has been waiting on us to be ready to go. When we think about driving an EV on a daily basis though, you have to remember that the majority of your charging is done at home while you go about your normal activities and while you sleep overnight. That’s less of a hassle than having to stop at a gas station.


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