Tesla Model S - Arches
Arches Garden of Eden Model S
Friday, August 12, 2016
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Arches National Park
TimeEventRange Remaining
8:40 amDeparted Best Western Canyonlands249
Range/Distance ratio: 0.97
Conditions: 99°F

After packing up and departing the hotel, we arrived at the Visitor's Center for Arches National Park a short distance north. Arches is home to over 2000 naturally-created stone arches plus numerous other geological formations mostly made of various types of sandstone. Many of these are world-famous.

Fiery Furances
Inside Double Arch

In addition to learning about the park, we obtained the instructions for both kids to earn their Junior Ranger Patches while we hiked short trails to the various sights.

Fiery Furances
Fiery Furnace Viewpoint

Moab Arches Green River

Delicate Arches
Delicate Arch Viewpoint

Balanced Rock
Balanced Rock

Arches Junior Ranger Patch

Moab Supercharger
Seeing all these sights and earning Junior Ranger Patches took longer than expected. I figured out that our late departure from Arches was going to shift our arrival in Salt Lake City later than I wanted.

So, to save time, instead of having lunch at the Green River Supercharger like we planned we picked up McDonald's in Moab, drove to the Moab Supercharger so I could eat lunch, then drove north to the Price Supercharger while the kids finished their lunch. I did the math and queried the Tesla navigation to determine we could easily skip a Supercharger.

Cost to Charge: $0

Moab Supercharger
Price Supercharger
TimeEventRange Remaining
2:00 pmDeparted Moab Supercharger219
3:47 pmArrived Price Supercharger65
Range/Distance ratio: 1.32
Conditions: Cruise control set to 80 mph speed limit(!), 100°F

The 80-mph speed limit allowed us to make up the time. We arrived in Price for a bathroom break and bought a couple smoothies from the nearby Dairy Queen to enjoy.

Cost to Charge: $0

Price Supercharger
Destination Charging at Red Lion Inn, Salt Lake City
TimeEventRange Remaining
4:14 pmDeparted Price Supercharger176
6:15 pmArrived Red Lion Inn, Salt Lake City66
Range/Distance ratio: 0.924
Conditions: Headwinds offset by drafting behind a fast truck, then traffic

The drive took us through a beautiful valley that had a headwind. I drafted behind a surprisingly but consistently fast tractor-trailer, saving us about 10% of our battery, while still making up time. That drafting ended when we hit Friday traffic in Provo and Salt Lake City.

Tesla charging at Red Lion Inn

We arrived at the Red Lion Inn in Salt Lake City, which offers Tesla Destination Charging. They had a great pool, which we enjoyed that evening before dinner. This was our rendezvous with my wife and mother of my children after her week-long conference in Northern Utah.

Cost to Charge: $0

Dean E. Dauger holds a Ph. D. in physics from UCLA, where his group created the first Mac cluster in 1998. Dr. Dauger is the award-winning author in multiple American Institute of Physics' Software Contests and co-authored the original, award-winning Kai's Power Tools image-processing package for Adobe Photoshop. After founding his company, Dauger Research, Inc., its debut product, Pooch, derived from Dr. Dauger's experience using clusters for his physics research, was soon awarded as "most innovative" by IEEE Cluster and continues to revolutionize parallel computing and clusters worldwide with its patented technology.

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