Grand Canyon Park, Flagstaff to Gallup NM – 280 miles.

Posted March 3rd, 2013 at 10:52 am by Elliott Alexander   |  3 Comments ››
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Sunday, March 3rd.  Today, was a single charge record for us, 280 miles traveled with 16 miles left on the battery.  Leaving Grand Canyon Park in the early afternoon we travel at a leisurely pace of around 52 to 55 mph and arrive to Gallup without a sweat.

In the morning we tour the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  The weather is quite good and with some mild cloud cover.  The majesty and beauty of the Grand Canyon leaves us in awe.   How to describe the Grand Canyon?  Magnificent,  awesome, amazing, breathtaking, a natural wonder of the planet.   I plan to come back soon and spend more time exploring and hiking down into the canyon.    The afternoon drive is well planned and drama free-for once.   With a relatively flat trip in store for us, we actually “gain” range  by traveling at this modest speed.

Along this leg we passed near to the Petrified Forrest National Park.  It was late in the afternoon and the park was near closing so we went to the next best place.  Jim Gray’s Petrified Wood Co. is the biggest rock store you will every find.  They have thousands of rocks, stones, crystals, petrified wood, and logs.  Apparently, he owns or leases land outside of the National Park, but still within a zone where petrified wood exists, buried underground.  They simply dig this stuff up, then work it and polish it.   I guess a lot of the rest of the products are bought elsewhere or imported from overseas.  Check it out if you are anywhere close to Holbrook, AZ.

We set our sights on Gallup, call in advance to the USA RV park and arrive in the early evening to charge the car overnight.  We arrive with around 25 miles to spare on the battery and decide drive up another exit on the highway for dinner at Cracker Barrel.  Returning to the RV park, John the owner, very pleasant and an active traveler himself, agrees to charge us $10 for the night.  We are the 4th Tesla to charge in his park.  Several motels are nearby within a 0.5 mile walking distance.   This is the first day we perfectly execute  at  managing our range and distance traveled.  It’s a reprieve from the stressful days where we ran into complications.   Perhaps, in the next week we can manage some 300+ mile days.

We are at 3,000 miles and counting.  We need to post the names of more battery winners!!!

Great photo taken by Juan with his iPhone.

Great photo taken by Juan with his iPhone.

The Grand Canyon from the Southern Rim.

The Grand Canyon from the Southern Rim.

Path Information Sign

Path Information Sign

So Elliott, is this the fourth day in a row you are wearing the sames clothes?  Hope you are at least washing them.

So Elliott, is this the fourth day in a row you are wearing the sames clothes? Hope you are at least washing them.

 

Yep it's me again, appearing twice in the reflection of the sun glasses.  Hard to keep me out of the photos.  Yes, this is Juan, mister stylish. Note the scarf (it's 50 degrees out), but hey he's from Spain.

Yep it’s me again, appearing twice in the reflection of the sun glasses. Hard to keep me out of the photos. Yes, this is Juan, mister stylish. Note the scarf (it’s 50 degrees out), but hey he’s from Spain.

Can anybody name this building?  It's located in the park on the Southern Rim.

Can anybody name this building? It’s located in the park on the Southern Rim.

 

Outside on Grand Canyon park on the way to Flagstaff.  This wooden car reminds me of another clunker.  What's more expensive than a Tesla, heavier, carries less people than Fred's car and is now out of production?

Outside on Grand Canyon park on the way to Flagstaff. This wooden car reminds me of another clunker. What’s more expensive than a Tesla, heavier, carries less people than Fred’s car and is now out of production?

Believe it or not, we are only going 52-55 mph.  Bummer.  Wish I had my MV Agusta F4-1000 for this road.

Believe it or not, we are only going 52-55 mph. Bummer. Wish I had my MV Agusta F4-1000 for this road.

 

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