Winter Drive 2017: Kyushu to Hokkaido (BRT9)

As I mentioned in my two-year review, I added new wheels and tires last month for the first time. I've got a set of T Sportline 19" gray wheels (they sat in their boxes for a year and a half) and Michelin X-ICE 3 snow tires on the car now. It has been a dream of mine to drive into snow country in my P85+. This blog post is me committing to such a drive. I plan to head north to Hokkaido at the end of January with the goal of seeing Sapporo's Snow Festival for the first time. On paper, it's quite the drive—over 2,300 km with no detours, but I'll be stopping along the way to charge and see some of the sites and get my annual check done at the service center in Totsuka, Yokohama. Here's the straight route from google:

The gray route is shorter, but the blue route includes four or five (depending on the details) more critical Superchargers.

The gray route is shorter, but the blue route includes four or five (depending on the details) more critical Superchargers.

I plan to do most of my sleeping in the car (I've spent five nights sleeping in the driver's seat so far; I'm going to continue to look into air mattresses. I haven't decided on one yet. There are plenty of places to bathe along the way. Many highway stops have showers, and there are many hot springs along the way. I'll have to work out the ferry between Honshu and Hokkaido; it may be crowded because of the Snow Festival. Other details will sort themselves out. If anything is post-worthy, I'll write it up.

My plan for the blog will be to keep it as one entry and update from my phone each day that I can. I usually write from my desktop, hence my occasional absence from posting, so the photos will be from my phone directly. I often edit the photos on the computer first, so we'll have to see. That's it for now. Just wanted to let both my readers of what's coming up. ;-)