As I mentioned in the previous post, I was invited to the Model X reveals and went to the one in Osaka. One bonus in the invitation was a pass to wear around my neck—nice touch, Tesla. Any Tesla event can be a great excuse to take another road trip in my favorite car. This time, Jr. went along for the ride, so I got a chance to show a bit more about how they systems work (you never know when someone might suddenly end up with a used P85+). It wasn't all Tesla, though. We got to do some other things as well.
As I've written before, I try to get to the Miyajima service area (365 km.) on one charge, then top off for about an hour to get to the Supercharger network starting in Kurashiki. This trip was the tightest yet: we arrived at the CHAdeMo with 27 km./7% left. I used the Energy app on the car to make the decision to continue on to Miyajima. The tools in the car at the time were very useful; now with another added in Japan with firmware 8.0, we have another (that's another post). If you want to check on my battery, I drove 370.5 km., used 68 kWh, and had those 27 km./7% left over. That's it for the data on the way; you can scroll down for past posts on similar trips, and there will be more in later posts.
Parking for the hotel was in a machine; it's rare for my car with staggered 21" wheels to fit in machine parking. This style of parking is basically a giant elevator for cars, with each car having its own elevator car. Space is so tight, there is a turntable to get the car in and out of the system.
We went to the event where we were made to feel welcome and part of the Tesla family. After the party, we went out for kushiage (meat and/or veggies batter-fried on a stick and mostly dipped in sauce [NO double-dipping!]) which is a specialty of Osaka.
The next morning, we went out for breakfast and walked a bit around the Shinsai Bashi area. Just the photos, please.
We headed back to that parking structure and started home. I thought driving surface streets for a while might be fun, but it took too long. We went to the Kobe Supercharger; I prefer it to Osaka because there is a restroom nearby. We walked over to the Harley Davidson shop next door where they were very friendly to us and showed concern that we where from Kumamoto. It seems they had a big charity raising event for Kumamoto. Kobe went through a worse ordeal with their earthquake in 1995, and residents are very sympathetic. While we were there talking, a truck was unloading three new bikes. Check them out.
On the way home things were mostly uneventful. We did a long charge (90 min.) at the CHAdeMO at Sabagawa SA. That SA is unique in that it is one of the few SA that has both inbound and outbound SA on the same side of the highway. Jr. and I fired up Pokemon Go and walked back and forth collecting things and stretching our legs. It worked out well. Just as we were leaving, we saw a hitchhiker standing at the side of the SA. I asked him his destination. He showed me his sign, but I wanted to hear him talk (humanity check; I did a lot of hitchhiking when I was young and picked up a lot of people as well). He told me Kita Kyushu, and I said we were going that way. Jr. actually read his sign and told me he was going to Kumamoto. We found out on the way that he was heading to Kumamoto to do volunteer work, so I drove him to the site where they gather people each morning (Jr. had already done a week of that, so knew the drill). He may have been one of the luckiest hitchhikers ever. ;-) I hadn't planned on the extra weight or distance, so we got home with 17 m./4% left on the battery. No sweat, but I did go into climate control/slow down mode to get us home. I had several places to charge, but we didn't need it. Thanks, Red Rocket!